Fleas are the most common parasite affecting cats and dogs. They love warm, humid conditions and are often attracted to pets by their body heat. Fleas have powerful legs that allow then to jump easily from one animal to another in multi-pet homes or anywhere cats or dogs are in close proximity of each other (ie. boarding facilities, groomers, pet day care). When fleas bite, they inject an irritating saliva into the skin that can cause itching and scratching. Some pets even have a hypersensitivity to the saliva, called Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD), that can lead to raw and sometimes infected skin. Fleas are most commonly seen between the months of April and September, but in some areas of British Columbia, fleas can be present year-round. For advice on how to handle a flea infestation please call us or feel free to drop in.