Monday, May 3, 2010
Fleas - The Tiny Parasite That Causes Big Problems
They also can spread some pretty nasty diseases such as Haemobartonellosus which targets and destroys the red blood cells which are responsible for carrying oxygen. Plaque, which is usually transmitted by rodent fleas, it can also be found on cats and dogs. Typhus, which does not cause disease in dogs and cats, but does in humans. The effects in people are fever, chills, headache, and general pain. And Tularemia, also known as "rabbit fever", is also spread by fleas. Dogs who suffer from this may exhibit loss of appetite, listlessness, and fever. Even blood loss can be a problem for puppies and kittens who don't have much to loose, if there is an infestation.
Make sure you use a preventative method of controlling fleas if they are a problem in your area. There are plenty of options. Talk to your vet about was is most helpful in your area. If you see a flea, get rid of it immediately before it becomes an infestation and big problems. They multiply like rabbits!