Animal Services

Did you know that fleas do not just cause itchy skin?
Fleas can cause several problems not only for your pet but for you, too!

 Here are 4 common flea problems:

 1. Tapeworms- if swallowed, fleas can produce these nasty intestinal worms.  They look like grains of sand or rice.
2. Hot Spots- This is caused when the skin becomes extremely inflamed from constant scratching or licking.
 3. Anemia- Fleas are blood suckers, literally.  Symptoms include pale gums, lethargy, and low body temp.  If not treated, anemia can cause death.
  4. Bartonella Infection- Also known as ‘Cat Scratch Fever’.  Now this is not as fun as the song, it can cause fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures.  Now this is not as common as the others depending on where you live.  Bartonella can be dangerous and should be treated at the first signs.

A best friend is like a four leaf clover-
hard to find
lucky to have.