We want our pets to live long and healthy lives, so we need to do what we can to keep them safe. Unfortunately, we often find that the smallest critters that we don't always see can be the ones with the most detrimental effects.
Fleas are amongst the most common to take over your pets' skin. While flea bites can be annoying, the FDA specifies that they can also cause flea allergy dermatitis, hair loss, skin problems, anemia, and rare death.
On the same note, ticks go a step further and transmit any disease to your beloved pet. The ASPCA explains ticks as being" parasites that feed on the blood of unlucky host animals, like cats and dogs. " The worst part about ticks is that your pet most likely won't even know that they have become the host to such a harmful organism.
When it comes to fleas, Pets WebMD explains that" the way animals get fleas is through some other flea-infested animal - a stray dog or stray cat, or some other neighbors' dog or cat, or urban wildlife, mainly opossums and raccoons - went through your neighborhood, your yard, and the female flea is laying eggs, and the eggs are basically rained off into your environment." It is more than vital to make sure your dog is as flea protected as it can be with such an easy contraction.
When it comes to ticks, they are generally more common on dogs as they tend to roam free in their environments. For instance, if you and your dog walk through high grass areas or through the woods, it's essential to know that ticks will hang out in random locations. Once your dog walks by or brushes itself against a tick, they latch on and call your pet their new home.