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Flea & Tick Survival Guide

PetMD Editorial
Jul 08,2016

By Matt Soniak “For every one flea you see on a dog or cat, there’s nine more out in the environment that you’re not seeing,” says Dr. Craig Prior, medical director of the VCA Murphy Road Animal Hospital in Nashville and president-elect of the Companion Animal Parasite Council. I wish I’d met Prior a few years ago when I had to deal with many pet parents’ worst enemy. Both my cats got fleas one… Read More

PetMD Editorial
Jun 13,2016

by David F. Kramer What Are Fleas? Fleas are a class of wingless insects from the order Siphonaptera; they are parasites that live exclusively by hematophagy, the consumption of blood from a host organism. There are more than 2,000 species of fleas, and through evolution they have adapted to feeding on an extremely specific variety of hosts. There are cat fleas, dog fleas, and human fleas, as… Read More

PetMD Editorial
Jun 10,2016

by Geoff Williams If you've battled fleas on your dog, you may have wondered whether you should try a flea dip to rid your pup of parasites. Even if you don't know what a flea dip is, you've probably heard the term. But what exactly is a flea dip, and how is this treatment method used? You have questions. We have answers. Let's look a little closer at flea dips and whether or… Read More

PetMD Editorial
Jun 07,2016

Wood Tick -Dermacentor variabilis The Wood tick, also known as the American dog tick or just plain dog tick, is a particularly worrisome species of tick that carries several diseases that are dangerous to humans and pets. The wood tick is one of the most common carriers of diseases among dogs, most notably Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia (Rabbit Fever), and tick paralysis. Wood ticks are… Read More

PetMD Editorial
Jun 03,2016

By Krystle Vermes If you have a dog, cat, or several pets at home that require flea and tick medication, you likely have various treatments on hand to maintain their health. However, there are serious dangers that come with potentially mixing up these products, regardless of whether they are prescription or over-the-counter. “Dog products should never be applied to a cat and owners need to make… Read More

PetMD Editorial
May 18,2016

By David F. Kramer You don’t have to be a cat or dog aficionado to know just how different these two species are—the signs are all around us. While dogs are considered “man’s best friend” and have been domesticated, the social contract between cats and people has a few gray areas. It’s as if cats considered our offer of being fed and having a warm place to sleep and answered, “Ok, we’ll take care… Read More