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Un-Be-Flea-Vable

I bet if I did a survey that asked people what the worst part of summer is; the majority of us would agree that it’s the plethora of biting flies, mosquitoes, spiders and other insects. That includes fleas and the onset of heartworm, flea and tick season.

Pie chart of no to fleas and I eat fleas

Since starting work at the clinic, I’ve spent far too much time wondering what is the point of the flea? I mean, in the grand scheme of things; do they serve a greater purpose? The “Circle of Life” theme song has started running through my head. I need to know. If you’re reading this article, you’re just as inquisitive. So, let the games begin!

  • Are fleas omnivores (possibly controlling the population of an invasive species)? No.
  • Are fleas predatory (feeding on other parasitic insects)? No.
  • Do fleas help pollinate plants? No.
  • Are fleas decomposers? It’s plausible.
  • Can fleas be eaten? YES! Curiosity peaked!

Fleas can lay up to 50 eggs per day – with the average being between 20 to 30. That’d make a tidy snack for many amphibians, reptiles, or birds. Worst of all, they can be eaten by your pet. Suddenly, your pet grooming themselves doesn’t seem so harmless.

You see, with help from my friend “Google,” I’ve recently learned that developing fleas eat tapeworm eggs. Yum-Yum (not really). After being digested, the flea carcass dissolves and releases said tapeworm egg. So, now your pet has fleas and tapeworms.

Not only do fleas carry tapeworm eggs; they also carry diseases like cat scratch disease and even the plague! If left untreated it can also cause anemia in your pet. Any of the aforementioned could cripple any living being.

I’ve learned a lot while writing this article and, as the Circle of Life still circles in my head, I’ll end this article by saying stay safe my friends! ~ Hakuna Matata

Written by: Melanie Hamilton, Customer Care Representative

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To our valued clients,

The Grey Bruce Health Unit has declared a critical threshold of COVID-19 cases in Grey Bruce. Please be advised our hospital is currently operating with limited staff. There are no doctors available, but we continue to be available for food and prescription pick-up.

Due to this, we have temporarily reduced our hours of operation until further notice. We are also experiencing an influx of emails and calls and are doing our best to get back to you as soon as possible. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

HOURS OF OPERATION:

Monday to Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: CLOSED

We ask that you continue to be kind to all of our team members. Please know that we are working tirelessly to return to regular programming for you and your cherished pets.

- The team at Southampton Pet Hospital