Florida Ranks 4th in Fleas

By: Jill Chandler
By: Jill Chandler

Tallahassee, Florida --

Florida ranks number four in the nation for flea problems on pets.

Andrew Green owns two dogs. He said, "When I first got my dogs, they were covered in fleas. They were infested with fleas. I just bathed them repeatedly and picked them off with tweezers."

A study called "State of Pet Health Report" shows fleas are more dangerous than bed bugs because they can carry infection.

Our furry friends can get skin infections, and even tape worms if they swallow the bugs.

Mark Hope is a veterinarian for Banfield Animal Hospital. He said, "They're not only limited to your bedroom, they can be in your couch, in your carpet. If your child is on the floor ... your child can get bit by all these fleas that are just everywhere in your house. If you don't have your pets on flea control it can get really out of hand."

The study shows Florida at number 4 for fleas on cats and dogs. Georgia isn't too far behind with 6 for dogs and 7 for cats.

Alan Robison with Capelouto said, "We would actually think we would be number one in the nation!"

They say they get around 8 calls a day.

Robison explains the increase. He said, "The dryness actually helps increase the flea population. Because we don't have the water that is pounding the ground... disturbing the flea process."

Veterinarians say the best way to treat dogs and cats is by using preventative measures like a topical or pill treatment.

Stats below:

Dog:

1. South Carolina 13.80%

2. Oklahoma 13.79%

3. Arkansas 12.8%

4. Florida 12.75%

Cat:

1. Oregon 22.15%

2. Washington 20.42%

3. Oklahoma 18.49%

4. Florida 17.47%

Georgia

Dog:

Rank: 6

Percentage: 10.52%

Cat:

Rank: 7

Percentage: 15.52%


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