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Dog Crazy Newsletter by PetPlace.com

 

Did you know that fleas are not only annoying but they can also be dangerous to your dog?  Fleas are more than just insects that bite and suck your dog’s blood.

Yes, fleas can also transmit diseases to your dog!

The most common and annoying disease caused by fleas is flea allergy dermatitis. Some dogs are allergic to the flea saliva and just one bite will cause them to be miserable. Dogs with flea allergies will scratch resulting in hair loss and skin lesions. I’ve seen some dogs itch until their skin was raw and bleeding from one flea. I’ve even seen some miserable pet owners with flea-infested houses too.

Another disease fleas can transmit is tapeworms. Fleas cause tapeworm infections after a dog ingests a flea that carries a tapeworm larva. After ingestion, the tapeworm larva continues to develop in the dog’s gastrointestinal tract. When developed, the head of the tapeworm will attach to the intestinal wall and small egg filled segments periodically break off and are passed out the rectum.

The best way to prevent both of these conditions is to prevent the fleas! There are many safe and effective preventative medications on the market for just this purpose. You can get them at your veterinarian’s office or online.

One of the top 10 tips identified that helps people save money is buying pet medications online. 1-800-PET-MEDS has every brand available so you don’t have to change a preferred brand to save money. To get more information or a quote on medications your pet may already be on…go to 1800PetMeds.

Whatever product you use, this is the time to begin preventing fleas! Don’t way too long or flea season will be in full force and it is much more difficult to treat rather than prevent fleas.

Until next time,


Dr. Jon


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May 12, 2008 - Posted by | K9 Health

2 Comments »

  1. True words, some true words dude. You made my day!

    Comment by thouttima | November 27, 2009 | Reply

  2. Please remove my name from your newsletter as well as any other ways you might contact me. I see no value for me in your information.

    Comment by Jan VandeBunt | May 26, 2010 | Reply


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