Fleas & Ticks: What Cat & Dog Owners Need to Know

by DFS-Pet-Blog on April 25, 2011

In addition to being an annoyance, fleas can transmit disease, tapeworms and can cause anemia. Plus, fleas can irritate the animal and cause loss of sleep, and sometimes cats and dogs are allergic to flea-bites.

Learn more about the importance of a flea and tick prevention and control program for your dog and cat in this video by Dr. Holly Nash, veterinarian:

Video Highlights:


  • How cats or dogs get fleas.
  • Life cycle of fleas.
  • How fleas are transmitted.
  • Symptoms pets may have from fleas.
  • Flea preventive products.
  • How to rid of fleas – for good!
  • When to consult a veterinarian.


  • Where ticks are found.
  • When ticks are prevalent.
  • How to reduce exposure to ticks.
  • Topical preventive products.
  • Possible side effects.

Useful Links:
Flea & Tick Control Products for Dogs
Flea & Tick Control Products for Cats
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Rosemary April 26, 2011 at 10:25 am

I finally got a chance to see the video. All I can say is “Thank goodness for topicals!’. Used to be, I would have to give monthly baths and dips to everyone. Ever bathed a semi-feral cat? Can we say heavy duty tranquilizers for the cat, and lots of scratches and the odd bite for you? I’ve had several cats over the years who would start scratching and pulling out their fur if you so much as whispered the words “flea bite dermatitis”, and unfortunately, one of the was my semi-feral. The topicals were a godsend for him.

Robs_petportraits April 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I have two cats. One of which developed a severe reaction that meant her own immune system started eating away at her face, after several tests the vet pinned it down to a reaction to fleas! So the these critters can cause a lot of touble in some pets!

Marilyn Wagner May 14, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I saw a a comparative between Fronline Plus & Comfortis. It showed Frontline with a 5 & Comfortis 2. Well we have used both & Comfortis is by far the best one to use. Maybe it’s
because we live in Georgia. I’m not sure but I will never switch from Comfortis.

Rosie June 19, 2011 at 10:25 am

I use K9 advantix and also live in Georgia. The product is NO LONGER WORKING!!! GAAK. Last year I had to treat every three weeks. This year, after two weeks, my dog is covered in fleas. I’ve retreated and it has been three days and she is still covered with fleas. HELP!

David Y April 23, 2012 at 11:10 am

You gotta use some sort of flea & tick prevention, you dont want your animals to become sick. My daughter is in charge of putting it on every animal in the house every month (NO SKIPPING MONTHS).

renee June 26, 2012 at 3:00 pm

i heard there a certain flea product, can kill the cat , if the cat licks my pug, it will kill the cat, that what my vet told me ithink it was advantis

Claire H. June 28, 2012 at 10:50 am

Hi Renee, I talked to Dr. Kathy here and this is what she wanted me to pass along to you: You are absolutely right. Certain ingredients in some flea products meant for dogs can be very dangerous, even deadly, to cats. This is why it is essential to read labels carefully before using any product. The ingredient permethrin is an example of this. K9 Advantix and K9 Advantix II contain permethrin. The manufacturer recommends if you have a cat that you wait 24-48 hours after applying the product to your dog, before you let the cat and dog be near each other again.

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