Lucerne Veterinary Hospital Blog

Fight the Flea – How to Treat and Prevent Flea Infestations in Your Home

16 week old Golden Retriever puppy scratching fleas with leg in motion on a white background "Missy"

Equipped with mouthparts enabling them to ingest up to 15 times their own weight in blood, and able to jump 200 times their body length, those tiny brown insects you see scurrying about in the fur of your dogs and cats have long been a scourge of humans and domestic animals, with one species having caused the death of over 200 million people during the 14th century bubonic plague pandemic.

Fleas can carry diseases and bring about a great deal of misery for you and your pets. Fortunately, they don’t have to be a nuisance in your household. There are safe and easy measures that you can take to treat and prevent flea infestations in your home.  Continue…

The Trouble with Ticks

Ticks in the woods

You are lying on the couch with your dog, relaxing after a long hike, when you notice him scratching furiously at his hindend. You part the fur in time to see a tiny brown insect dart across the surface of the skin. As you continue to run your hands through his fur, you feel a small lump that has seemingly appeared overnight. A closer look confirms your suspicions- a plump tick is firmly attached, contentedly feeding on your dog’s blood.

Especially as the frost of winter subsides, close encounters with fleas and ticks are becoming more and more of a common occurrence. Aside from being a nuisance, ticks carry very real risks of disease and death from the microbes they harbor. Fortunately, there are products that you can use to help keep fleas and ticks out of your home.

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