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Archive for 'Fleas and Ticks'

Plague: An Age-Old Foe Still Causes Woe

November 11, 2015

It seems incredible that, with all the advances we’ve made in modern medicine, there are still diseases amidst us that were a threat to our great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents…and even farther back in time. Case in point: plague. It’s still around, and fleas help spread it. News media recently announced that 16 cases of plague have been reported in the United States this year; the most recent case…  

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Who’s Coming for Dinner? How Fleas Can Enter Your Home

November 09, 2015

You are planning a get-together with family and friends. Depending on your guests, you may find yourself having to deal with some uninvited and very unwelcome visitors that may inadvertently insert themselves in your home. Simply put, people can bring fleas into your home. And of course, the same applies to any canine visitors that you may have invited for a play date with your…  

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5 Best and Worst States for Fleas

November 05, 2015

Fleas occur throughout the world. The most common flea is the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis, and is found throughout the United States. Although it’s called the cat flea, it isn’t restricted to cats. Fleas, like us, have preferred places where they like to live. They like warm and humid conditions. Flea eggs and larvae optimally need about 50 percent humidity to survive. They also prefer…  

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Why Is My Pet So Itchy?

November 03, 2015

Itchy pets always top any list of common ailments that make pet owners take their pets to the veterinarian. And there are lots of things that can make a dog itchy! Most common is atopy, or the doggy version of hay fever. This seasonal allergy to pollen causes more canine misery than any other one that I can think of. Dogs with atopy lick, chew…  

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