May 14, 2013
Protecting your dog against fleas and ticks is a very serious job for any pet owner. The expense and discomfort from both can be costly. Knowing the difference between the two if they are brought home will help make treatment all the more easier.
A flea is a wingless insect with six legs. They have the ability to jump far distances and tend to live on just one host during their lifetime. In contrast, a tick is an arachnid and, in most stages, has eight legs just like its spider cousins. Ticks tend to have several hosts, lying dormant until the right animal or person comes along.
When it comes to laying eggs, fleas reproduce 20-40 eggs per day on their single host. Their eggs are then spread by the host as it moves from place to place, causing a serious infestation if not treated. Fleas are most common during the spring and summer months due to their preference of warmer weather. Ticks, on the other hand, lay thousands of eggs at once before dying. They do not lay their eggs on their host, but instead wherever they happen to fall. Ticks can survive close to freezing temperatures, making the extermination of this pest all the more difficult.
Both fleas and ticks can spread some serious illnesses to their hosts. Fleas are known to carry tapeworms, while ticks carry the more serious Lyme’s Disease. Being aware of how these two species contrast will help any dog owner choose the correct course of action when protecting their pet. We offer an all-natural flea and tick repellent, NomOflea to all dog owners and suggest monthly treatments to ensure your pup is properly protected.