Flea and Tick Program
Fleas Are No Fun!
A flea and tick problem is the most common ectoparasite (external parasite) of dogs and cats worldwide. In addition to just being a nuisance, fleas are responsible for flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) in dogs and cats, which is estimated to account for over 50 percent of all the dermatological cases reported to veterinarians.
Flea and Tick Year-round Prevention
Parasites can infect your pet any time of year. While external parasites, such as fleas and ticks, maybe less of a problem during certain times of the year, depending on where you live, internal parasites (worms) can be present year-round. That’s why it’s important to consult with your veterinarian to implement a year-round parasite control program.
There are more than 650 species of hard ticks (part of the Ixodidae family). The adult tick has eight legs and mouth parts that attach and suck blood from the host animal until the tick is completely filled with blood. This blood meal allows the female tick to produce eggs and continue the life cycle of the tick.
Ticks find their hosts by climbing up onto blades of grass or tall weeds in order to grab onto a passing animal or human. This is called “questing.” They then find a suitable location on the animal to attach and feed for several hours, or even several days. Ticks are not only unsightly and disturbing to find on one’s body or one’s dog or cat, they can also carry some serious diseases that can be transmitted to you and your pet.