Did you know that one single flea can lay 40-50 eggs per day, all while biting your furry family member (or even you...) up to 400 times per day? Or that one female flea consumes 15 times its body weigh in blood each and every day? Or that the average flea life cycle in a home is about 21 days?
Fleas do not live on your pet. They live in the yards and in carpeted areas of your home. Think of it this way: when fleas jump onto your pet, and your pet comes into the house, the flea grabs a few bites of blood and then jumps off to find the best area to nest in, like your carpet and rugs. They breed wherever they land and continue to use the pet and you as means of food.
On the medical side, a flea infestation can cause an iron-deficiency anemia in your pet. Fleas can also be carriers of tapeworms, gastro-intestinal parasites that can cause diarrhea, weight loss, anorexia and vomiting. The tapeworm larva can also migrate through the brain producing neurological clinical signs (seizures, blindness, circling, abnormal consciousness, weakness and paralysis) as a result of tissue destruction and inflammation. While dogs with fleas usually scratch, cats often lick and groom themselves in an attempt to rid their coats of fleas. Fleas can also be responsible for allergic and / or moist dermatitis (commonly known as hotspot) associated with your pet's constant licking in a vain effort to reduce generalized itching and discomfort. Medical intervention may be necessary to treat any secondary skin infection.