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The Seven Symptoms Flea Test

As we discovered last month, the dreaded flea poses a threat to many pet owners and their fur-friends.  Left untreated flea infestations not only make our pets miserable but can lead to infection and more serious flea related diseases.  To determine if your pet has fleas take Dr Mark’s ‘Seven Symptoms’ test; and put a halt to fleas now!

Does your pet show the following symptoms?  Take the test to find out:

1.    Is your pet constantly itching and scratching?
Fleas are parasites and bite your pet’s skin to suck their blood.  These bites can cause inflammation and severe itching, causing your pet to scratch incessantly.

2.    Does your pet chew its tail?
Fleas like to congregate in areas of dense fur; particularly in areas that are difficult for pets to reach.  Along with itching and scratching, constant chewing can also be the result of a flea bite.

3.    Is your pet constantly grooming?
Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) is the most common skin disease seen in pets.  An allergic reaction to flea saliva causes cats and dogs to itch, scratch and lick bites incessantly; creating a ceaseless cycle which is very painful.

4.    Does your pet have skin sores and suffer from hair loss?
Some pets can be hypersensitive to flea bites.  An allergic reaction to fleas can cause inflamed skin and severe hair loss; visible around the base of their tail, rear legs and inner thighs.

5.    Can you see fleas on your pet?
At their adult size fleas are still very small but they can still be spotted on pets; particularly around the head, neck and tail regions.

6.  Can you see fleas in your house?
95% of adult fleas live around your house and in your pets bedding.  They are very hardy parasites with the extraordinary ability to lay dormant for up to two years.

7.    Is flea dirt present in your pet's coat?
Just because you can’t see fleas doesn’t mean they aren’t there!  Comb your dog with a fine-tooted comb looking for dark specks, like grains of pepper.  Drop the grainy specks onto a wet tissue.  Flea droppings contain blood specks so if the specks dissolve creating tiny red stains your dog has fleas.

If you answered yes to your pet showing any of the above symptoms your pet has fleas; one of the most common external parasites that haunt our beloved fur-friends.  To prevent any further discomfort in your pets and to get rid of these pesky parasites order your cat’s monthly flea preventative and your dog’s monthly flea preventatives from VetShopMax, and stop the destructive cycle of fleas now.