If you have pets, you’ve likely experienced fleas at some point. They’re miserable little buggers, aren’t they! Thing is, they’re even worse then you’re likely aware.
Sure, fleas cause your dog or cat to chew, scratch, roll, and otherwise feel miserable, but did you know that fleas also transmit disease - both to your pets, and to you and your family? Indeed they do… and some of these diseases can have very significant health consequences too. This is especially true if you or someone else in your home has a suppressed immune system.
People and pets wind up with a suppressed immune system typically either from a disease (HIV/AIDS, diabetes, certain cancers, and others) or from medications (certain chemotherapy drugs, and immunosuppressive drugs used following organ transplant or for treating rheumatoid arthritis & other immune-mediated diseases). Young children also have a degree of immune compromise until their immune system fully matures, and immune function typically decreases with advanced age - meaning that young children and the elderly are also at increased risk of the significant consequences from flea-transmitted diseases too.
Here’s a sampling of diseases that fleas can transmit to or cause in your pets:
And here’s a sampling of the conditions that fleas can transmit to or cause in you and your family:
As you’re now hopefully appreciating, the prevention and eradication of fleas on your pet and in your environment really isn’t just about your pet’s comfort - though that should be reason enough. It’s also about your general health and safety, as well as that of your family and your pets too. Interested in finding out what you need to know to prevent or eradicate a flea infestation on your pets and/or in your environment? Then read on…