Fleas and Ticks

puppy ticksWhen it comes to fleas and ticks an ounce of prevention is worth tons of cure. You probably have lots of questions about fleas and flea infestations, like how to protect your family from a harmful attack, what type of disease fleas spread an so on.

We have some answers for some of the more important questions that pet parents ask about fleas:

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Welcome New Patients

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We would like to welcome some of our new patients to Fairgrounds!! Say hello to Ben, Pixie, Sparky and Gizmo. We are excited that they are here and look forward to taking care of  them for a long time!!

We want the best veterinary care for your pet. We try our best to make scheduling an exam for your pet as simple and convenient as possible. Did you know you can schedule an appointment with us, fill out new client paper work or request a prescription refill from our website?

Call us today if you would like to schedule an appointment for your pet.

Ticks

Ticks- Not meant to be a additional guest on your outdoor activities

Planning on summer outings such as camping or hiking with your beloved friend?  Did you know ticks are waiting to crawl up bushes, trees and grass blades to attach to your pet. They most commonly attach to the head, neck, and ears of their host, usually where the skin is thinner.

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Fleas

What are fleas?

Fleas are wingless, with mouthparts adapted for piercing the skin and sucking the blood of its host. Fleas are external parasites, living by hematophagy off blood of mammals and birds. A flea can jump vertically up to 7 inches and horizontally up to 13 inches, making the flea one of the best jumpers of all known animals (relative to body size), second only to the froghopper. Fleas go through 4 life cycles, egg, larva, pupa and adult. Adult fleas must feed on blood before they can become capable of reproduction. A fleas total life span can be as short as one year, but may be several years in ideal conditions which includes the right temperature, food supply and humidity. A female flea can lay 5000 or more eggs over her life. Optimum temperatures for the fleas life cycle is 70 F – 85 F and optimum humidity is 70%.

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