Dealing with fleas and flea infestations [Infographic]
Dealing with fleas and flea infestations is something no pet parent ever wants to experience; some pets however do come home with a flea or two after being outside from time to time. (Tip from the grooming table: if your dog does only has a flea or two, grab your bottle of rubbing alcohol from the medicine cabinet and a cotton ball. Dip the cotton ball in a little bit of rubbing alcohol and dab at the fleas on your dogs coat and the fleas should die. After you’re finished rinse and wash the area well to make sure your dog doesn’t lick and ingest any of the alcohol. )
With the right preventatives, you can avoid infestation and flea borne diseases such as tapeworm, tularemia (a bacterial disease that is also commonly known as rabbit fever), flea allergy dermatitis, and haemobartonellosis (a kind of bacterial parasite that are able to survive without oxygen and lack cell walls, making them resistant to antibiotics and are a challenge to detect and treat. They are the most common cause of urinary tract infections and pneumonia.)
The infographic below shows the life cycle of the flea, and the areas of the United States that are at high risk for infestations. (More info on how to deal with fleas and infestations can be found here.
Featured image courtesy: Buzzle
Infographic courtesy: VetDepot.com
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