Fleas are a real irritation
Imagine a mosquito bite that keeps on itching. That's what flea bites feel like to your dog. If you don't kill the adult fleas, the biting continues. Flea bites can cause health problems ranging from discomfort and anxiety to anemia and Flea Allergy Dermatitis.
Untreated flea infestations can cause:
Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD)
Flea Allergy Dermatitis
is a reaction to flea bites caused by an allergy to flea saliva. FAD causes pets to chew, lick and scratch, creating open sores and potentially serious skin infections.
Lifecycle of a flea
For such a small parasite, fleas can be a big nuisance. Adult fleas can live up to 100 days. During this time, the fleas bite your dog and feed on their blood. After feeding, fleas will mate and the females will begin to produce eggs. Eggs drop off your dog and fall to the ground or carpet. These eggs will develop into larvae which then form a cocoon. New fleas will hatch from the cocoon and begin feeding, continuing the cycle.