Tiny bugs. Big problems.

Fleas are the most common external parasite we see on our patients. They are prevalent throughout the U.S., and proteins in their saliva can cause an allergic reaction in some pets.

Over the past 10 years, Banfield has seen a significant increase in flea allergy cases.

Flea prevention is essential

The best way to reduce flea allergies is to administer year-round prevention with a veterinarian-approved medication.

Fleas are around all year long

Yes, even in the winter! Our warm homes provide the perfect holiday ‘vacation’ for fleas, so year-round prevention is key.

You won't notice until it's too late

The fleas you notice on your pet are only a small portion of the flea population in your home. By the time you spot them, your pet and home are likely already infested.

Preventive care is preferable to treatment

It’s a huge pain to remove fleas from your pet and your home. It’s much easier to remove the risk altogether with preventive medicine for all of your pets.

Cats & fleas

Banfield data tells us that cats are 2x more likely than dogs to be found with fleas. Even indoor cats can be exposed to fleas brought into the home by other pets or people. It may not be as easy to spot them due to your cat’s grooming habits, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there.

Meet Luna

Two-year-old Luna has suffered from flea allergies. Read on to find out how her owners, Marcy and Pat, worked with Dr. Hernandez to diagnose and treat her skin condition.

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What we learned from Luna's case

Luna’s story demonstrates indoor-only pets can get fleas, and flea control is the only effective way to manage flea allergies. Work with your veterinarian to identify the best flea preventive for your pet, and make sure every pet in your household is on flea control.

Get to know these pesky parasites a little better with our online guide to flea control.

There's more to your pet's skin than allergies

Visit Skin Care Central, our online guide to the signs, causes, and treatments for various skin conditions.

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