So technically the Twilight style Vampires don’t exist, however, when it comes to your pets … fleas and ticks are just as blood thirsty, with less diamond sparkle appeal!
Did you know:
- Adult fleas only live on your dog when they need a fresh blood meal, to prepare for laying their eggs.
- Fleas are Olympic level jumpers, as they can jump well over 100 times their own length giving them easy access to their next host!
- In addition to their epic jumping skills these little blood suckers are quick, they are (comparatively speaking) quicker than any Olympic sprinter!
- Fleas are prolific breeders, females lay on average 20 eggs per day after they have sucked your fur baby’s blood.
- The female flea can consume 15 times her own body weight, which may not seem like much until you have a puppy with an infestation that could cause anemia!
- Unlike their blood sucking friend the flea, ticks have no Olympic prowess, opting instead to drop onto passing hosts as they brush past long grasses and shrubs.
- Ticks don’t fare well in extremely dry areas, preferring warm temperatures, humid conditions and can even survive in snow!
- Ticks love more than just your pooch, during their three life stages (larvae, lymph and adult) they can drop onto mammals, reptiles and birds!
- Ticks are actually arachnids, not insects! This means they are more closely related to spiders and scorpions (eeeww)!
So now that we all know some utterly horrifying facts about fleas and ticks, what can we do to prevent them latching onto our furry loved ones?
- Controlling your pets environment can help minimise their exposure. THis means keeping your grass cut short, removing piles of damp leaves and being vigilant when out on walks in grassy areas!
- Grooming time is also a great opportunity to make sure your pets aren’t hosting any nasties, brushing, washing and cuddling give you opportunities feel across your favourite friend and check for any strange lumps or moving black dots (especially on soft, rub worthy bellies)
- Prevention is always the best plan of attack, there are a multitude of great flea and tick prevention solutions available on the market. You can use collars, tablets, treats or liquid applications to ensure your beloved fur baby is always protected from these non-sparkly vampires of the insect world!
While fleas are more of an itchy annoyance for your family, it is ticks that can be the real threat to life. If you find a tick on your dog, be sure to use tweezers to remove it and make sure to grab the head with the tweezers. In this game, you don’t want to leave any parts behind. As ticks are known carriers of disease, it is always best to go straight to the vet so they can double check for more ticks, and test your dogs blood for anything the parasite may have left behind. When it comes to our pets and ticks, you can never be too careful!
Prevention is always the best medicine, if you are concerned about ticks and fleas on your precious pooch, visit the Pet Care, Dog Flea, Tick and Worming section on our website to discover the multiple preventative treatments available and keep your family safe all year round!