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A single female flea can lay up to 50 eggs a day. In a month, 10 females can lay up to 15,000 eggs. The pet spreads flea eggs everywhere, causing a massive infestation in the home environment. A flea can jump up to 13 inches in a single jump, which makes it easier for other animals and people to infest.
Ticks can live for more than a year without feeding. The male only absorbs a small amount of blood, while the female is the one that eats sumptuously, increasing her body volume by up to 10 times.
Massive tick infestation can lead to anemia.
A female tick can lay between 3,000 and 10,000 eggs in her life stage (approximately 19 months), although some can exceed 180,000. Once the egg laying is complete, the tick dies.
For these reasons, fleas and ticks are the most common ectoparasites that affect companion animals.
The impact of fleas and ticks
They can cause dermatitis, itching, skin infections, allergic reactions, anemia, and taeniasis. They are also associated with the transmission of pathogens that cause zoonotic diseases, such as Rickettsia, Bartonella, Babesia and Ehrlichia. Its impact is not limited to animal and human health, but also causes important economic consequences due to the resources necessary for its control.
Even considering these infections and pathogens that these ectoparasites can cause, perhaps the most complex aspect in the veterinary field is to make the owner notice the difference between treating an infestation by fleas and ticks and the more complex task of preventing these ectoparasites that We do not see cause bites in an allergic animal. The allergic animal does not have to have an infestation to have a major adverse reaction. Therefore, for these patients, control treatments become even more imperative.
Why use preventive treatments against fleas and ticks
The good news in all this information is that keeping a pet free of fleas or ticks is easier and cheaper than treating the animal and its environment once the infestation has taken place.
Prevention is essential to guarantee the well-being of pets and to make it better, consult a specialist who will advise us according to the characteristics of the animal, its habitat and its habits. It is not the same to prevent in CDMX as in Cuernavaca or the beach, for example, and for this reason it will be extremely important that you, as owners, notify your trusted veterinarian if you are going to travel so that they can recommend you. the proper treatment for that area.
At Pet point, we recommend the use of flea and tick control products, as it is the most effective way to prevent infestation in the pet's environment and the transmission of associated diseases.