Fundy Veterinarians Ltd

6 Greenfield Rd
Murray Siding, NS B6L 3M4

(902)895-8195

fundyvets.com

FLEAS


When the word fleas is heard people take notice. They are everyone's worst nightmare, especially if you've experienced dealing with them on your pet and in your house.

Fleas can have a huge detrimental effect on pets, other than being a nuisance. On small or young animals a heavy infestation can potentially kill them.
Other problems that can be caused by fleas are; flea allergy dermatitis, flea anemia, feline infectious anemia. A common tapeworm infection can be caused by
fleas, which could also increase the risk of anemia.

There are 4 main stages of a flea's life cycle: egg, larva, pupae and adult.

The adult can lay up to 40 eggs a day. These eggs fall off the host and into the environment.

The larva is the most prominent stage of the life cycle that can be in someone's house.  The larva grazes on flea dirt that falls off the host. When they get to a certain
age they spin a cocoon and become a pupae. They can lay dormant in this stage if they don't detect a host. The reason you can move into a place
that has be vacant for a while and suddenly have fleas even if you don't have pets, they sense a possibly host and finish their life cycle.

The adult flea is the stage most people see and are aware of. They are small but visible to the naked eye.  Once the flea has bitten her host, she is able to start producing eggs within 24 to 48 hours.
The average life span of an adult flea is 4-6 weeks. On average the time for an egg to turn in to an adult flea is 3 weeks.