How Fleas And Ticks Are Dangerous For Your Pet

Fleas and ticks on pets come as a shocker for pet parents. Not just because they cause restless itching and they don’t go away easily, but fleas and ticks are really dangerous for your pet’s health. So, the question is what makes them so terrible?

How Are Fleas And Ticks Dangerous For Your Pet ?

Did you know that a female flea can lay about 40 to 50 eggs a day? This means that if your dog or cat has picked up a single flea during your outdoor visits, that one flea would proliferate and establish its whole population in a single day. This infestation can even get out of control if proper steps are not taken. While itching and skin allergies are the common signs of flea infection and can be cured easily, fleas and ticks can also cause life-threatening diseases in pets.

Dangerous Flea-Borne Diseases In Dogs

Flea Allergy Dermatitis

FAD is an allergic reaction that is caused by the saliva of fleas when they bite dogs. The primary symptom of this hypersensitivity is severe itching, which leaves dogs uncomfortable and restless. Other common signs of flea allergy dermatitis include hair loss due to scratching, lesions, skin darkening and secondary skin infections.

Flea Tapeworms

Dogs become infected with tapeworm larvae after ingesting a flea infected with the tapeworm. The flea larva matures inside the dog’s intestine after digestion and becomes an adult tapeworm. If your dog has tapeworms, you may notice it dragging its anus on the floor due to the irritation caused by tapeworm eggs. Vomiting and weight loss may also be reported.

Anemia

As fleas live on their host (dog) to feed on their blood, they may unusually lower the number of red blood cells. Anemia in dogs is a serious condition and may even cause death if the condition worsens. Fatigue, weight loss, dark feces, bruises on skin, etc are the symptoms of anemia.

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