The way animals get fleas is some other flea-infested animal - a stray dog or stray cat, some neighbour’s dog or cat, or urban wildlife, mainly opossums and raccoons - went through your neighbourhood and/or yard, and the female flea is laying eggs and the eggs are basically rained off into your environment. We call them a living salt shaker. And then those eggs developed into adults and those fleas jumped onto your pet. That’s how it happened.
Ticks begin to quest when the temperature rises above 5°C. Dogs generally get ticks because they’re out in that environment, walking through the woods or high grass, and these ticks undergo what’s called questing, where they crawl up on these low shrubs or grass, generally 18 to 24 inches off the ground and they basically hang out. And when the dog walks by or we walk by and brush up against these ticks they dislodge and get onto us. Ticks don’t climb up into trees. That’s an old myth. They just lie in wait for us. It’s sort of an ambush strategy. They can live well over a year without feeding.
Probably the most common thing is, when these fleas are feeding, they’re injecting saliva into the skin. These salivary proteins are often allergenic and animals end up with allergy. The most common skin disease of dogs and cats is what’s called flea allergy dermatitis, where they bite and scratch and lose their hair. It can take only a few fleas for this allergy to become a problem. Other effects of flea and tick infections can range from minor to serious. Ticks can bring Lyme’s disease, a progressively debilitating and lethal illness. Both fleas and ticks can cause loss of hair, anemia, skin rashes and infections, and itching and can carry dangerous parasites like tapeworms.
Prevent and control pet health care issues caused by fleas and ticks. Call Baldry Veterinary House Call Services in Barrie, Ontario for more information today