To celebrate Total Pet Health Month, K9 Magazine is delighted to bring you this fantastic companion eBook on canine health from nose to tail.
In this eBook you will find answers to everything from:
Why Do Dogs Eat Grass
Hip Dysplasia in Dogs - Signs, Symptoms & Treatment
Vet Expert Q&A - Answering Readers Questions
Gum Disease In Dogs
How To Spot Signs Of Fleas In Dogs
Help! My Dog Is Allergic to Fleas
Mange In Dogs - What You Need to Know
Where Do Dog Fleas Come From?
Fleas would easily win the gold medal in the long jump stakes. They are able to jump a distance of up to 150 times their own body length, meaning they can simply jump from another dog or the surrounding environment onto your pet with ease. It is not just unhealthy dogs that are at risk – even the most well looked after pooch can fall victim to fleas, these parasites are not picky.
Once a flea has settled into the cosy environment of your pet’s fur, it starts to bite and suck blood. To nourish her eggs, a female flea requires a high performance diet, drinking up to 15 times her own body weight in blood daily. This means in heavy flea infestations, your pet, especially if young or under the weather, could actually be at risk of developing the serious disease of anaemia. This is one of the reasons it is important to keep these blood sucking pests at bay.
Once on a pet, an adult flea prefers to spend all their life there. And who could blame them, a nice warm blanket of hair covering an ever ready food source sounds like flea heaven! A female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day which can drop off your dog into your home. These hatch to form tiny larvae. Larvae hate light and try to crawl away from it as much as they can, deep into carpet pile, crevices in skirting boards, under sofa’s, in bedding. Once there they spin a protective cocoon and develop into an adult flea. These cocooned fleas are hardy critters and can survive in your home for anything up to a year. Once mature, they wait for heat and vibrations to stimulate them to hatch as this means there is a host around. After emergence as a fully-fledged adult flea they hop onto your pet – or even you! - And the whole cycle starts again. [/su_spoiler]