Why Fleas Are Especially Dangerous for Puppies and Kittens

by Chris Bjorklund


Year-round flea control in California is important for your pets, especially puppies and kittens. Dr. Kristina Hansson, a veterinarian with the North Bay Animal Hospital, told me why. “The chronic ingestion of blood by fleas can actually lead to anemia and stunted growth because the animal isn't growing as fast as it normally would with the nutrient loss from the blood.”

Dr. Hansson doesn’t recommend flea collars for flea prevention. She suggests talking to your vet about which flea maintenance product (the kind you apply once a month) is best for your pet.

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