One flea, 350 bites per day
Fleas are the most common ectoparasites of companion animals worldwide. More than just causing an irritating itch, these little bloodsuckers can cause serious skin infections and carry diseases that threaten pets’ lives.
For every flea you spot on your pet, you can be sure that there are many others in the area. Fleas are expert host-finders and can jump onto a new target with lightning speed as soon as they sense vibrations nearby. A single flea can bite the same host more than 350 times in the same day.
With the capacity to lay up to 50 eggs per day, in just nine months, fleas can propagate over a trillion descendants. The lifecycle of the flea can be completed in as little as two weeks as it develops from an egg, to larva, to pupa and finally into an adult. Once a pupa, a flea can lie dormant for over 6 months while waiting for the right environmental conditions.
Pet illnesses are hard to diagnose, but if you’re paying enough attention to your fur kid, you will notice if they’re ill.
Yes, your fur kid can also succumb to flu, just like you do. Canine influenza often presents as an upper respiratory issue with symptoms like coughing, sneezing, loss of appetite, fever and malaise.
Cats may be perceived as aloof, independent and generally difficult to read, but there are ways to recognise your feline fur kid’s affection.
Life is simple when you’ve got four paws and a furry tail. Here are our top 10 life lessons to learn from your dog.
Summer’s the perfect season to get outdoors with your four-legged friends.
Now love me until
I say stop, human
What are you doing?
Are you going to eat it?
Can I come with?