14. May 2013
There are several thousand species of fleas in the world. The cat flea is the one that affects most pets, even if the host is not a cat.
- Fleas can jump as much as 150 times their own body length. This would be the equivalent to a human jumping 1,000 feet! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound?
- A flea can bite over 400 times in a single day.
- Adult fleas live on blood. A female flea will consume 15 times her own body weight in blood every day. Very small or young pets can develop life-threatening blood loss from a severe flea infestation.
- A female flea will start laying eggs 36-48 hours after eating.
- One female flea can lay 2,000 eggs in her lifetime! In three weeks a pair of fleas can create 1,000 new fleas. If every dog in the U.S. had 60 fleas on it, there would be around 6 trillion flea eggs around our pets. If laid end-to-end, those eggs would circle the earth more than 76 times!
- A flea lives 2-3 months.
- An adult flea typically lives its entire life on its host.
- Fleas can live 100 days without eating anything.
- The fleas you see are only the tip of the iceberg. In a typical room, 5% of fleas are adults, 10% are coccoons, 35% are larvae, and 50% are eggs. In general, for every flea you see there are 100 that you aren’t seeing!
- Flea eggs are smooth and slippery, dropping off the host wherever the host walks (car, yard, house, bed, etc.).
- Depending on environmental conditions, a flea egg can become an adult in as little as three weeks, but can also be delayed as long as 4-6 months! This means that the eggs laid by the fleas you see in August may not hatch until Christmas!
- Though freezing temperatures will kill fleas, they are perfectly adapted to indoor conditions and can live inside a house year-round.
- Fleas were the carriers of the bubonic plague (Black Plague), responsible for killing 60% of the population of Europe in the 14th century. This plague is still found in parts of the U.S., though it is considered a treatable disease in modern times.
As you can see, fleas are very durable, strong creatures. They can live months in a dormant state of development or without feeding. They can cause serious disease or allergic reactions. They can live inside homes at any time of the year. Is it any wonder that we veterinarians talk so much about continual prevention against fleas?
Talk to your vet today if your pet isn’t already on prevention, or call Heartland Veterinary Supply for
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18. September 2012
Finally! Pain relief for cats!
New Onsior 6mg tablets is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that effectively relieves acute pain and post soft-tissue surgery and inflammation in cats. It travels rapidly through the bloodstream to selectively target the tissues involved in inflammation and pain. The drug takes effect and exits the blood quickly, to reduce potential side effects. Causes fewer gastrointestinal side effects by selective inhibition of prostaglandin formation.
Consult your vet if your cat is experiencing pain
If you suspect that your cat may be in pain, the first and most important thing to do is contact your veterinarian — immediately. Don't wait to see whether your cat's situation improves. Call your vet to discuss your observations and schedule an appointment to have your pet examined. Your vet will be able to evaluate your pet's health and, if necessary, suggest an appropriate course of treatment that may include prescription pain relief.
Other things you can do to help
If your veterinarian diagnosed that your cat is in pain, he or she may have prescribed a medication for pain relief. In addition to treating your cat with medication, there are a number of things you can do to ease pain and speed recovery or help keep your cat more comfortable.
- Provide your cat with a comfortable blanket, pillow, or cat bed in a quiet area where your pet can relax and sleep in peace.
- Ensure all the essentials — food, water, and litter box — are easily accessible, fresh, and clean.
- Check in on your cat often. It gives you an opportunity to monitor their situation and gives your pet the comfort of your presence.
- If your cat is suffering from reduced or limited mobility, do what you can to help them get around the house. Set up pet steps to make it easier for your pet to get up or down from their favourite sleeping place or on your furniture or bed.
- Safeguard your cat from children or other family pets that, despite their best intentions, may make it difficult for your pet to get the rest it needs.
13. September 2012
Gently pull the pinna (earflap) upward to straighten the ear canal. Squirt an ear cleaning solution into your pet's ear and massage the base of the ear between your thumb and forefinger for 20 to 25 seconds. This ensures that the cleansing solution gets a bit deeper into the ear. We recommend any one of the ear cleansing products on our website for this step.
• Let your pet shake out the extra solution, then get him relaxed again for the next step.
• Use a soft cloth, Kleenex or cotton swab to remove excess wax and debris that the solution and shaking have brought up. Do not insert anything down the ear canal.
• After cleaning, fold earflaps back for about five minutes to dry ear canals, and then finish with a small amount of an ear drying powder or ear medication product .
You may need to repeat this procedure daily for 5-7 days to treat a problem ear and then once weekly to maintain proper ear health.