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Is He Chasing His Tail? What You Always Wanted To Know About Fleas


My dog has fleas. That one statement is enough to make any visitor to my house run back down the walk to their car.

If you own a pet it's one of those unwritten facts that they will, at one time or another, have fleas. One of the not-so-fun jobs of pet ownership is dealing with an infestation or working to avoid one.

To cope effectively with fleas you should have an understanding of their habits and life cycles. I realize that doesn't sound like fun, sitting-in-front-of-the-fire reading material, but knowing what you're up against is winning half the battle before it starts. So here's the low down on fleas.

Adult flea - lives on the host animal (dog or cat), where the female lays her eggs.

Egg - flea eggs are laid on the animal but fall off into the bedding, carpeting, and elsewhere in the animal's home and hatch into larvae within a few days (depending on heat & humidity).

Larva - flea larvae feed on organic material in the environment and on the droppings from adult fleas. I know it's gross.

As the larvae feed on adult flea droppings, they are found in highest numbers in areas where flea-infested animals spend much of their time.

Pupa - after 5-11 days, the larvae produce a cocoon in which they complete their development. During this stage of their life cycle, fleas are resistant to flea sprays, shampoos, medications,etc.

In ideal conditions, adult fleas hatch from their cocoon in as little as 5 days, although they can live in the cocoon for up to 5 months.

Hatching is brought on by vibration, physical pressure, heat, and air; in other words, the your dog walks in the room, sits down and BAMM.

After hatching, the adult flea finds an animal and within 2 days the female flea begins producing eggs. Fleas can continue to produce eggs for up to 100 days and believe it or not, a single flea can produce thousands of eggs.

I know the whole concept of fleas and their life cycle is gross and personally if I wasn't confronted with our three dogs in constant agony looking at me with those big, sad eyes .. well I'd probably ignore the whole flea thing.

What you do now that you're armed with all this terrific flea knowledge is:

1. Control the fleas on your pet - keep them groomed and use shampoos made for flea control. There are flea medicines that we use in my house. Personally, I prefer "Frontline" because it is a gel and I just rub a little dab at the nape of their neck (do dogs have a nape?) and the fleas are ousted for thirty days or so. You can also get pills like "Program" that control the fleas by sterilizing any female flea that bites your dog.

2. Keep the pet bedding flea-free. This is probably what I had the most trouble with because I have three dogs and they don't sleep in actual beds. But, if you can keep the fleas off the bedding, blankets, carpeting or whatever area they stake-out as their own space, your battle is much easier. Some people even studied fleas and they decided that only about 5% of the adult flea population actually live on your dog. That means the other 95% plus are living either outdoors or in the bedding, carpeting and such.

Don't give up. If you can keep the fleas off your pet or at least under control AND if you are vigilant with the whole bedding issue then fleas won't control your life or that of your dog.

The author of this article, Joanne Robbins is an internet publisher of many sites including http://www.jrsbigdog.com where you can find more information about fleas, flea control, selecting the proper pet for your household plus additional health topics. Also read her Blog at http://www.jrsmarketplace.blogspot.com


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PetSmart® Hosts Donation Drive to Help Pets Impacted by Emergencies  PRNewswire

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Pets of the Week at Pasadena Humane  Pasadena Now

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Pet facial recognition technology helping owners reunite with lost pets  CBS46 News Atlanta

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Macy's says it plans to expand into pets, hair care and gourmet food to gain new shoppers  CNBC

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Hotel and Flight Tips for Traveling with Pets  NerdWallet

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Pet abandonment on the rise as Americans return to the office  UNF Spinnaker

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Unique Gadgets for Pampering (or Protecting) Your Pet  AARP

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Opinion | Shaming people who give up pandemic pets won't keep animals and humans together  Washington Post

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Pets impacted by change as owners return to work  KLKN

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Pets of the Week - Elizabethton | Pets | johnsoncitypress.com  Johnson City Press (subscription)

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Adopt A Pet From Evergreen Park Area Shelters: New Pets Added This Week  Evergreen Park, IL Patch

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Pets And Private Jets: 5 Tips For Easy Travel With Your Furry Friend  Magellan Jets Private Jet Blog

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Fifth-Annual Pet Anxiety Awareness Campaign in June Helps Pet Parents with Post-Pandemic Return to Work  Yahoo Finance

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Furry good news: More pets can now fly in cabin on overseas PCS flights  Military Times

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After the Texas missing tiger saga, owning a big cat as a house pet might become illegal in the US  CNN

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Mark Scheifele has pet goats named after GOATs Tom Brady and Tiger Woods  ESPN

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End-of-life photography for pets  NewsCenterMaine.com WCSH-WLBZ

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Pandemic pets being returned to shelters  WKOW

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Pandemic pets being returned  KVOA Tucson News

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Couple petition for pigs to be allowed as pets in Chapel Hill  WRAL.com

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Pets of Record | Lifestyles | kokomoperspective.com  Kokomo Perspective

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Anti-Cruelty Society offers to help pets, owners transition as more families head back to work  WLS-TV

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Some pets are being returned to shelters and rescues as their owners return to the office  13abc Action News

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Returning to work? Here’s how to reduce pet separation anxiety  Local 5 - weareiowa.com

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New dog collar claims to help owners communicate with their pets: FOX 8 put it to the test  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

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Pets face separation anxiety as owners begin to return to work | TheHill  The Hill

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Pets of the Week for May 18, 2021  WKRN News 2

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Manhattan Adoptable Pets: Meet Harley, Lela, Cissy & More  Manhattan, IL Patch

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PET TALK COLUMN: How to keep pets safe from heatstroke  New Castle News

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How to Avoid Getting Common Illnesses Spread by Pets  Lifehacker

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As summer approaches, beware of children, pets in hot cars  WSMV Nashville

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Meet Gmork and Baby Luna! Chemung County SPCA's Pets of the Week  WENY-TV

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Medication errors in pets: How to lower the risk  Phys.org

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Pet trade may pose threat to bushbaby conservation  Science Daily

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Off-the-cuff Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell jokes about bringing pet lion to practice  ESPN

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Ravenna police save woman from one house fire; pets die in two separate fires  Record-Courier

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How to make an AirTag holder for your pet’s collar  The Verge

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Petlibro to Launch a Capsule Automatic Water Fountain to Keep Pets Hydrated and Healthy  Business Wire

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It's costing more for troops moving pets overseas. Here's some help  Military Times

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Prince William-Area Pets: Meet Bron from Manassas  Prince William Living

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Busting pet adoption myths  KELOLAND.com

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Getting the best deals on your pet supplies online  Augusta Free Press

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Young-Williams Animal Center taking entries for annual pet calendar contest  WATE 6 On Your Side

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Pets of the week: An exotic looking cat and a cuddly terrier mix  Duluth News Tribune

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Adoptable pets from the Atlanta Humane Society – WSB-TV Channel 2 - Atlanta  WSB Atlanta

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Animal magic: Children who sleep with pets get better 'quality' shut-eye, study suggests  Yahoo News

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Pet Living Expert Kristen Levine Shares Advice on National Pet Month With TipsOnTV  Yahoo Finance

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Abandoned dog one of a number of pets given up after adoption during pandemic - ABC17NEWS  ABC17News.com

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Pet cremation, burial or both after a beloved animal dies?  Reading Eagle

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Vet offices seeing an influx of pet patients during pandemic  KTNV Las Vegas

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Bald Eagles Are Back. And They Want to Eat Your Pets.  The Wall Street Journal

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Strategies For Securing A Trustworthy Pet Sitter  Escalon Times

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Dumb Friends League Adoptable Pets: Week of May 17 | YourHub  The Know

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Pamper your pet at EarthWise in Avon Lake  cleveland.com

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Pandemic pups pack pet lodges  WTOC

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As animal shelters see an uptick in returns, Arizona pet shop helps people become responsible owners  FOX 10 News Phoenix

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In China, Deaths of Mail-Order Pets in Mystery Boxes Set Off a Backlash  The New York Times

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How to mourn the unexpected death of a young pet - TODAY  Today.com

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Pet Talk: Meet Molly  KYMA

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Insights on the Pet Supplement Global Market to 2027 - Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecasts  Yahoo Finance

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KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Fito  KCBD

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Adopt-A-Pet Tuesday: Nell, Luna & Cindy Lou - 9 & 10 News  9&10 News

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U.S. Pet Training Services Market (2021 to 2026) - Increase in Pet Humanization Presents Opportunities - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

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PHOTOS: Gwinnett Animal Shelter Adoptable Pets of the Week — May 17  Gwinnettdailypost.com

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‘Pet anxiety is real’: More employers willing to allow pandemic-pets when staff return to the office  Digiday

Record Returns for Pets Adopted During Pandemic - WebMD
Record Returns for Pets Adopted During Pandemic  WebMD

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The One Homemade Treat Everyone Is Trying for Their Pets | Eat This Not That  Eat This, Not That

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Tailored® Pet Celebrates Its First Anniversary with Pandemic Pup "Pawty"  PRNewswire

8 best pet hair removal tools for 2021 - NBC News
8 best pet hair removal tools for 2021  NBC News

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They fell in love with their pandemic pets. Now they don’t want to leave them.  Seattle Times

Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes  Tampa Bay Times

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COVID-19 pet boom has veterinarians backlogged, burned out  The Associated Press

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Best pet stores in the Philadelphia area  The Philadelphia Inquirer

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The 7 Hardest-Working Air Purifiers for Homes With Pets  Dwell

Pets adopted during the pandemic are being returned at record numbers: report - Fox News
Pets adopted during the pandemic are being returned at record numbers: report  Fox News

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How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger  The New York Times

More people begin surrendering pets they adopted during the pandemic - KTLA
More people begin surrendering pets they adopted during the pandemic  KTLA

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‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side  The New York Times

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National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day: 40 essentials for new pet owners  New York Post

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Pet Shop Boys: Discovery: Live in Rio 1994 Album Review  Pitchfork

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Over 40 Percent of Pet Parents Look at Their Cat or Dog as a 'Starter Child,' Survey Finds  PEOPLE

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Need More Cute Animal Content? Follow the Pets of Netflix's Pet Stars on Instagram!  POPSUGAR

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10 Eco-Friendly Pet Products to Help You Celebrate Earth Day with Your Cat or Dog  PEOPLE

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Animals stolen from Preuss Pets in Lansing  WLNS

5 arrested after Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, pets kidnapped: Police - ABC News
5 arrested after Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, pets kidnapped: Police  ABC News

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (5/12/21) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (5/12/21)  ABC15 Arizona

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Vote 4 the Best Pets - Voting End Tuesday, May 18  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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The most iconic photos of White House pets throughout history  Insider

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Shelter pets find new forever homes thanks to recent adoption events  69News WFMZ-TV

Tampa Bay area pets looking for loving homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets looking for loving homes  Tampa Bay Times

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Petco Love Launches Game-Changing Centralized Solution To Help Reunite Lost Pets With Their Families  PRNewswire

U.S. pet adoptions still strong as cats, dogs melt stress - Reuters
U.S. pet adoptions still strong as cats, dogs melt stress  Reuters

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Are our pets fueling climate change and environmental hazards?  Vox

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Pet Food Companies Look to the Future With Cell-Cultured Meat  Modern Farmer

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How to Get a Deal on Pet Supplies Online  ConsumerReports.org

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Pet Dental Insurance Explained  Forbes

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Top 10 Post-'Pet Sounds' Beach Boys Songs  Ultimate Classic Rock

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Veterinarians are 'working beyond capacity' due to a surge in pet adoptions during COVID-19  KOCO Oklahoma City

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