FleasWritten by Cityvet Donal Ryan on Sunday, 09 May 2010
Adult fleas are small brown, wingless insects with flattened bodies that live in the hair coat of animals.
They are blood sucking parasites and during feeding the mouthparts pierce the skin and siphon blood with the aid of anti-blood-clotting saliva. There are over 1,500 species of flea, but only three types commonly infest dogs, cats and people. They spread disease, infest humans and cause skin diseases. Fleas can be a problem all year round and treatment may need to be given continually. Shampoos, powders, many insecticidal sprays and flea collars are not effective. Herbal flea collars are of little use. Only safe and effective products as recommended by your veterinary surgeon should be used.
I am Donal Ryan, a veterinary surgeon. For as long as I can remember I have loved animals. I grew up in the countryside surrounded by farm animals, but it was the dogs at home I enjoyed most + I still really enjoy caring for pets everyday at Cityvet.ie.
Donal Ryan is the principal veterinary surgeon at CityVet. He has over 25 years experience caring for and treating small animal patients in California, the U.K. and Ireland. He has a keen interest in orthopaedic and soft tissue surgery and runs a referral service for many veterinary surgeons in the region. Animal welfare and a high standard of patient care are at the core of Donal's approach to treating his patients.
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