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What you need to know about fleas, ticks and worms

Fleas, ticks and worms are a threat to pets everywhere. Discover the differences between fleas, ticks and worms – and learn why you should keep your pet protected year-round.

Fleas

Ticks

Worms

Fleas: Fascinating Facts

  • Fleas are the number 1 cause of skin disease in pets
  • Only 5% of fleas live on your pet; the other 95% live in the environment, including in your home - in carpets, rugs and sofas
  • Flea infestations get rapidly out of control thanks to the sheer volume of eggs. Female fleas lay up to 50 eggs per day; that’s 2,500 eggs after 50 days!
  • Fleas can bite up to 400 times per day and suck up to 15 times their own weight in blood
  • Fleas are a year-round problem, and can easily survive throughout the winter in our homes
  • For more information about fleas, click here
Flea

Ticks: Terrible Truths

  • Ticks transmit serious diseases, such as Lyme Disease, to pets and people
  • Ticks are members of the spider family and survive by drinking the blood of their host
  • Ticks are not just a problem in rural areas; urban gardens and parks provide good habitats for ticks
  • Ticks can be hard to spot; before feeding they are tiny (<3mm long) and can be hidden in your pet’s fur
  • For more information about ticks, click here
Tick

Worms: What's What

  • 32% of cats are infected with roundworms!
  • Roundworms can harm people too; children are especially at risk
  • Roundworm can be passed to a kitten through its mothers milk
  • Roundworms can lay up to 200,000 eggs per day!
  • Pets typically contract tapeworms by ingesting fleas
  • For more information about worms, click here
Tick