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Fleas are more than just an unsightly nuisance that make you and your pet itchy. Some pets are very allergic to the flea saliva and can develop Flea Allergy Dermatitis. Even worse, fleas transmit multiple zoonotic agents such as those that cause cat scratch disease and typhus. Children and pets that ingest infected fleas can develop D. caninum (tapeworms). In the Rocky Mountain and Southwest states rodent fleas that our pets can pick up on walks can be vectors for bubonic plague.
The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) recommends avoiding initial infestations altogether by practicing lifelong and year-round prevention programs.
While a flea infestation is not an easy thing to get under control quickly, following these steps diligently will help you prevent re-infestation.
Good luck! And remember if you carry a Routine Care Rider on your policy, PetFirst can reimburse you up to your annual preventative limit for your purchases on flea and tick preventatives.