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Flea Myths

It’s September. A chill in the air can now be felt. Bugs should be a thing of the summer right?! Wrong! Fleas are a very common parasite yet there are still so many misconceptions about them.

Myth: Indoor pets cannot get fleas.
Myth busted: Well regulated temperatures inside the home are particularly comfy for fleas.

Myth: Since the people in the home aren’t being bitten then there aren’t any fleas.
Myth busted: People tend not to be bitten unless the flea population in the home is large. The cat flea, for example, does not prefer human blood and won’t eat it unless necessary.

Myth: Fleas do not exist in homes with hardwood flooring.
Myth busted: Cracks in hardwood floors are a perfect spot for flea eggs to develop.

Myth: I would see fleas if they were present.
Myth busted: Not always! Most animals will scratch or groom themselves after being bitten which causes the flea to jump off or get swallowed.

Let’s put an end to the myths and stay on top of these pesky parasites because fleas are here to stay!

Written by Amanda Elliott

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Last updated: June 21, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies effective June 21, 2021. We are asking all clients to abide by our updated policy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

1. WE CAN NOW SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, bloodwork, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. ONLINE CONSULTATIONS ARE AVAILABLE

If you wish to connect with a veterinarian via message, phone, or video, visit our website and follow the "Online Consultation" link. Please note that due to the high demand for appointments we are now seeing in the clinic, telemedicine options are very limited.

4. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday, Thursday: 7:15 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 7:15 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

 

NEW PET OWNERS

Have you welcomed a new furry family member to your home? We’d love to meet them! Visit our Must Know New Pet Owner Information page for useful resources and helpful recommendations for new pet owners.

Thank you for your patience and understanding and we look forward to seeing you and your furry family members!

- Your dedicated team at Dartmouth Veterinary Hospital