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May News Letter

Spring has sprung. Flowers are beautiful, if they survived the freeze. We have had the strangest weather this spring. It is beautiful most of the time. The pandemic has changed everything. I am ready for the state to open back up. We are lucky to have stayed open during the quarantine. We are only treating sick pets at this time. All of our clients have been so gracious during this trying time. We changed our procedure to keep our employees and clients safe. It is a scary time for everyone. Thanks for your patience.

May is a good month It is Chip Your Pet, National Pet, Lyme Disease Prevention and National Service Dog Eye Examine Month. May 1st is National Purebred Dog Day, the 3rd is National Specially-abled Pets Day, the 5th starts National Pet Week, the 5th is also Mayday for Mutts, and Cinco de Mayo, the 6th starts Puppy Mill Action Week, the 11th is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day, the 12th is Mother’s Day, the 14th is International Chihuahua Appreciation Day, the 23rd is World Turtle Day and may 27th is Memorial Day. What a Month. Be sure to honor your Mother, and any other caregiver. Pam

Flea Facts and Information

In a round table discussion sponsored by Merial:

Key facts:

  • Female fleas begin feeding on pets within minutes and lay 40 to 50 eggs per day

  • Larvae take 5 to 12 days to develop into pupae

  • Fleas emerge from pupae in 14 to 180 days

  • Temperature and humidity drive flea population growth

  • In many parts of the country, autumn is the time when conditions for flea development are most favorable

  • Shady, protected outdoor areas are preferred sites for flea hosts and flea larval development

  • Direct sunlight and heavy rain are lethal to flea larvae.

  • Microclimates in the home can support flea development. Nylon carpet fibers absorb water from the air, which creates favorable humidity for larval development. Larvae can develop in grooves and cracks in hardwood floors.

  • Fleas can hitchhike into homes on people and infest indoor only pets.

  • It can take six to eight weeks for flea infestation to become established in a home, and at least that long for all life stages to be exhausted once treatment begins.

10 reasons for flea control failure:

  • Not all household pets are treated

  • Pet owners think indoor only pets don't get fleas.

  • Pet owners think all fleas are killed immediately upon treatment

  • Pet owners think they should not see fleas on their pet once the pets are treated

  • Pet owners think that once the fleas are gone, they can stop treatment

  • Pet owners consider the fleas they see, not the eggs, larvae, and pupae.

  • Pets continue to explore places flea development thrives

  • Untreated neighborhood pets and wildlife, have access to the yard.

  • Flea products are not applied properly.

  • Flea product doses are split between pets.

What many people don't know about pets:

1. Pets are permanent hosts for fleas and necessary for their reproduction

2. Urban wildlife is an important source of fleas

3. Dogs pick up fleas from dog parks and other common areas, even when there are no other dogs

around. These fleas came from eggs laid on other animals about six to eight weeks earlier.

4. People can bring fleas into the home.

5. Where there are adult fleas, there are eggs, larvae, and pupae.

6. Shady protected outdoor areas are ideal spots for flea development.

7. It can take several weeks for all developmental stages of fleas to become exhausted.

8. In many parts of the country, autumn- not summer- is when flea populations are highest.


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