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Ticks or Fleas? Learn which pest is harming your pets

Flea infestation can be dangerous to the pet and can also transmit to the family. A serious flea infestation could potentially cause tapeworm or pale gums, which signals anemia.

Ticks or fleas are tiny in size to really identify or notice unless we are biologically trained or observant. Our precious pets such as dogs are the poor victims to encounter tick or a flea condition. While we try to keep our pets safe by keeping them indoor most of the time, there are outdoor exposures when they do their walks, which place them at risk of picking up the pest.

What happens when a dog is contracted with a flea infestation? Allergy and itch is 1 obvious and common symptom, making them feeling uncomfortable. There will be presence of red patches on the skin, which is contributed from continuous scratching or biting. In some cases, it could turn into an infection. There will also be presence of dirt or “poop”, typically found at the back, near the tail or stomach area.

Very often, both ticks and fleas confused public due to their similarity. Here are some major differences we can learn.

Fleas:

  • It is an insect, wingless and can jump really far.
  • They have fewer hosts, typically include dogs and cats
  • Live more than 100 days
  • Only the adults feed on the host
  • Lay around 20 to 40 eggs per day for several weeks
  • Prefer warm temperature
  • They transmit diseases such as bartonellosis and tapeworm

Ticks:

  • It is an arachnid and closely related to spiders
  • They have more hosts, including birds, rodents, snakes, lizards, rabbits, dogs, cats and humans
  • Live from a few weeks and up to 3 years
  • Larvae, nymphs and adults feed on the host
  • Lay thousands of eggs at one time
  • Can survive even in near-freezing temperature
  • They transmit diseases such as Lyme disease

Need help in identifying if your dog has contracted a flea or tick infestation? Our specialist are trained to provide the relevant solutions for you and your pets at 0 800 1 333 777 or email to ihs-custcare-id@rentokil-initial.com


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