Bite Back

Fleas and ticks still attacking your best friend? Check out our modern guide to battling an old enemy.

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Vampires may be all the romantic rage these days, but blood-sucking parasites like fleas and ticks — not so appealing, particularly when they infest our pets and homes. Indeed, you could say these real-life blood-suckers are destined to remain unpopular for eternity, and for good reason.

High-jumping insects infamous for spreading the plague during the Middle Ages, fleas can cause anemia, transmit tapeworms and other diseases, and inflict itchy suffering on our dogs. Those creepy mite relatives called ticks can also sap our pets’ blood, produce skin reactions, and pass along a variety of nasty diseases, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever.

 

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