Fleas don't just make your cat or dog itchy. They keep biting and hurting again and again. Pet owners often don’t even know that their pet has a flea problem until it gets severe. Understanding the flea life cycle is important when you are trying to rid them from your pet and home.
Understanding the Flea & Tick Life Cycle
When an infected parasite (such as a tick, flea or mosquito) bites and feeds on the blood of a pet, it can pass diseases from itself to the new host. Ticks are especially competent at passing disease because they feed on several hosts, molt through different life stages, require large blood meals, and feed for long periods of time. They are more than just an unsettling nuisance; they are capable of transmitting diseases such as Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and ehrlichiosis.
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2. Dryden MW, Payne P, Zurek L. (2003). Pests That Affect Human Health: Fleas Infesting Pets and Homes. Manhattan, KS: Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service. MF-760.
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Seresto® for dogs
An easy-to-use, odorless, non-greasy collar that kills and repels fleas and ticks for 8 months.
Advantage® II for cats
A monthly topical application that kills fleas that can cause painful bites.
Advantage® Carpet & Upholstery Spot Spray
Help control an infestation in your home by killing fleas, brown dog ticks, dust mites and bed bugs.
Not for use on pets. Use as directed.
CAUTION: Federal (U.S.A) law restricst Advantage Multi for cats (imidacloprid + moxidectin) to use by or on the order of licensed veterianrian..
WARNINGS: Do not use on sick or debilitated cates or ferrets.Do not use on underweight cats.(see ADVERSE REACTION).Do not use on cats less than 9 weeks of age or less than 2 lbs body weight .Do not use of ferrets less than 2 lbs weight.
PRECAUTIONS: Avoid oral ingestion.
HUMAN WARNINGS: Children should not come in contact with the application site for 30 minutes after application.
CAUTION:Federal (U.S.A) law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.
WARNINGS: DO NOT ADMINISTER THIS PRODUCT ORALLY For the first 30 minutest after application ensure that dogs cannot lick the product from application site of themselves or other treated animal.Chidren should not come in contact with the application sites for two (2) hours after application. (See Contraindications, Warnings,Human Warnings, and Adverse Reactions, for more information.)
CONTRAINDICATIONS: Do not use this product on cats