Understanding Why Dogs and Cats Attract Fleas

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Fleas cause bothersome itchiness, discomfort, and allergies in dogs, cats, and other animals. Our pets attract fleas because their fur and skin provide the perfect environment for fleas to live and breed. Fleas feed on a host’s blood, and can drink up to 15 times their body weight in a single day. A flea population will generally favor a dog or cat’s abdomen, head, and the base of the tail. These areas provide the fleas with the warmth and food they need to survive. Fleas use powerful legs to jump from host to host. As soon as fleas find a suitable meal source, they bury themselves in the animal’s fur. Dog and cat owners can prevent and treat fleas using medication, flea combs, and special shampoos.

If your dog or cat is experiencing a flea problem, the veterinary experts at Chastain Veterinary Medical Group can help. We offer a full range of veterinary services including parasite prevention, vaccinations, and emergency medical care. To schedule an appointment call Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney at (972) 529-5033 or Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas at (972) 239-1309.    

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