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PETCO
(757) 833-0925
12551 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA
Hours
Monday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-7:00pm

PETCO
(757) 262-0444
26 Coliseum Crossing
Hampton, VA
Hours
Monday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-7:00pm

PetSmart
(757) 405-3143
4300 Portsmouth Blvd Ste 270-A
Chesapeake, VA
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 9:00-7:00

Warwick Animal Hospital
(757) 595-3337
11117 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA
 
Peninsula SPCA
(757) 595-1399
523 J Clyde Morris Blvd
Newport News, VA
 
PetSmart
(757) 249-2007
12142 Jefferson Ave
Newport News, VA
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 9:00-7:00

PetSmart
(757) 686-4539
6243 College Dr.
Suffolk, VA
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-7:00

Femmes & Fidos
(757) 873-3436
165 Herman Melville Ave
Newport News, VA
 
The Dog Laundry
(757) 595-3339
10190 Warwick Blvd
Newport News, VA
 
Invisible Fence Brand of Hampton Roads
(757) 595-5657
714 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Newport News, VA
 

Flea Prevention and Treatment: Flea Pictures, Advice from MyPetED Vet

By Ernest Ward, DVM

How do fleas get on my dog and cat?MyPetED Image: The flea life cycle on a cat.

  • The main source of fleas is newly emerged adult fleas in your house or yard. Adult fleas live, feed and mate on our pets.
  • Homes with carpets and central heating provide ideal conditions for year-round development of fleas. The highest numbers of flea eggs, larvae and pupae are found where pets spend the most time, such as their beds and furniture.

What’s the best flea treatment for dogs and cats?

  • Successful flea control involves both eliminating fleas from your pet and controlling fleas in your environment.
  • Your veterinarian can provide you with the safest and most effective flea prevention and treatment for your pet's needs.
  • Make sure all your pets are on a flea preventive program! Dogs and cats share fleas, and fleas travel from one animal to another.
  • To keep fleas out of your home, it’s important to understand the flea life cycle.

What is the life cycle of the flea?MyPetED Image: The flea life cycle on a dog.

There are four stages to the flea life cycle, namely the egg, the larva, the pupa and the adult.

  • Flea eggs are whitish and about 0.5 millimeter (mm) (1/32") in length. Adult fleas lay eggs after taking a blood meal. The eggs are initially laid on the dog's skin but fall off into the environment to continue their life cycle. Eggs may hatch in as little as 14 to 28 days, depending on environmental conditions. High humidity and temperature favor rapid hatching.
  • Flea larvae are about 2-5 mm (1/8" to 1/4") in length. They have a whitish body and a black head. They feed on organic debris found in their environment and on adult flea feces. They dislike bright light and move deep into carpet fibers or under furniture, grass, branches, leaves and soil.
  • The flea pupae produce a protective silk-like cocoon that is sticky, where they can survive for up to 9 months, even against insecticides. With warmth and humidity, pupae become adult fleas in 5-10 days. Once fleas emerge from the cocoon, they can exist for a few days unless they are able to feed.
  • Once the flea adult emerges,it’s attracted to light and heads to the surface in order to encounter a passing host to feed upon (your pet).

What do fleas look like?MyPetED Image: Flea picture (magnified).

  • Even though fleas may be in your house, you probably won't see them. The eggs are tiny white specks the size of dust particles, while the larvae, which are somewhat larger, with dark heads and lighter bodies, migrate deep down in carpets and furniture. (The flea picture here is magnified.)
  • You may spot fleas on your pet if you look very closely for little black specs moving across your pet’s skin.

Apart from irritation, are fleas particularly harmful?

  • Fleas can cause anemia in heavy infestations, especially in young or debilitated dogs.
  • Fleas can carry several diseases,including plague, and act as vectors (hosts) to spread one of the most common tapeworms of the dog and cat.
  • See Skin Allergies for more details.

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