Flea anemia – mar vista animal medical small itchy patches on skin center

It is hard to imagine that something as tiny as small itchy patches on skin a flea could be dangerous. We all know that fleas can make pets itch. Some of us are all too familiar with the spectacular small itchy patches on skin skin inflammation in a flea-bite allergic pet but many people forget that fleas drink small itchy patches on skin blood and that lots of fleas can drink lots of small itchy patches on skin blood. The physical state of inadequate red blood cells is called: ANEMIA and when it is severe enough it is a small itchy patches on skin life-threatening condition.

It is easy to underestimate a pet’s infestation. Only animals allergic to flea bites will itch from their small itchy patches on skin fleas. This means that the animal that is not allergic to small itchy patches on skin flea bites will not be scratching or losing hair thus small itchy patches on skin the owner may not realize that a heavy infestation is small itchy patches on skin active. If the pet is very effective at licking and self-grooming, it may be hard to see the fleas especially if small itchy patches on skin the owner does not have a flea comb. Do not rely on your own ability to see the small itchy patches on skin fleas; effect reliable flea control regardless of what you see or small itchy patches on skin do not see.

• very young kittens being raised outdoors or by a mother small itchy patches on skin cat who goes outdoors. Young kittens are very small and do not have blood small itchy patches on skin to spare. Further, they are growing and trying to expand their blood volume; they are too young to effectively groom themselves and remove small itchy patches on skin their own fleas. Flea anemia is probably the #1 cause of death in open household kittens.

The first step is recognizing the problem. This is not difficult for a trained veterinary health care small itchy patches on skin worker but may not be easy for an uninformed pet small itchy patches on skin owner. The affected animal will have pale gums (normal gums are shell-pink; anemic gums can be completely white). In advanced disease, the patient will be listless and even cold. A flea comb can be used to check for flea small itchy patches on skin dirt. Pets sometimes eat small pebbles, dirt, or cat litter when they are anemic in an effort small itchy patches on skin to obtain more iron.

A test called a HEMATOCRIT (HCT) or PACKED CELL VOLUME (PCV) is easily done in your vet’s office to assess the degree of anemia. The hematocrit or PCV reflects the percentage of red blood small itchy patches on skin cells that should be present in a sample of blood. In dogs the normal range is 38 to 57 and small itchy patches on skin in cats the normal range is 24 to 45. Blood transfusion becomes a consideration when values reach 20 or small itchy patches on skin less.

Ridding the critically ill patient of fleas can be problematic. Often the patient is too sick to tolerate the stress small itchy patches on skin of a bath and is too young or too small small itchy patches on skin for flea control products. In this situation, your veterinarian will have to use his or her judgment small itchy patches on skin on what is the safest route to removing the fleas. It is worth mentioning nitenpyram (brand names capstar ®, petarmor fastcaps ®, and capguard ®) at this point as this simple product has greatly enhanced small itchy patches on skin our ability to clear fleas from a patient quickly and small itchy patches on skin safely. Nitenpyram is available as a fast-acting flea-killing tablet with no known side effects for mammals. It is labeled for use in animals weighing 2 lbs small itchy patches on skin or more and begins killing fleas within 20 minutes of small itchy patches on skin oral administration. While it does not have long-acting flea protection, its ability to rapidly remove a lethal flea burden has small itchy patches on skin made it especially popular for use patients with dangerous flea small itchy patches on skin infestations. To visit the capstar website, click here.

De-fleaing, the pet will ultimately go home potentially to the same small itchy patches on skin environment where the infestation occurred in the first place. Usually, topical flea control products will provide adequate future protection and small itchy patches on skin the use of a vitamin and iron supplement will help small itchy patches on skin the patient rebuild his or her red blood cell reserves. The most important prevention is the owner’s education.

• people commonly believe they have a special flea bite sensitivity small itchy patches on skin and if they themselves do not perceive fleas biting, then there cannot be a significant flea burden present. Fleas actually only bite people when they are newly emerged small itchy patches on skin from their cocoons and are hunting for their permanent host. Waiting for a person to perceive a flea bite requires small itchy patches on skin the flea population to have successfully established in the environment small itchy patches on skin (i.E. The house) and progressed all the way to production of new adult small itchy patches on skin fleas. In reality, when the fleas are biting people, a significant population has been present for weeks or longer.

• it is also commonly believed that fleas are simply part small itchy patches on skin of pet ownership and that there is no way to small itchy patches on skin avoid them. This may have been true at one time but, in reality, fleas have been optional for decades with flea control methods small itchy patches on skin achieving higher levels of convenience and safety each year. The days of sprays, powders, and foggers are largely gone, supplanted by chewable tablets and spot-on preparations. No pet needs to have fleas in the 21st century small itchy patches on skin and new products are being released every year.

The general pet-owning population has certainly heard of fleas and is aware small itchy patches on skin of most of the modern flea control products, yet still pets die from this easily preventable problem because small itchy patches on skin people do not realize how serious it can be and small itchy patches on skin cannot recognize when it has gotten to a serious point. Be pro-active and keep up your flea control all year round; if you wait for what you think of as warm small itchy patches on skin weather, your pet may well already be infested. Do not assume a pet with fleas will scratch. Do not assume that if the humans are not being small itchy patches on skin bitten then the flea burden must be light. Do not be one of those people whose beloved pet small itchy patches on skin is lost to an easily preventable disease.

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