Did you know that fleas could be deadly? Those horrid little parasites are more than itchy and annoying, they can literally kill if allowed to breed and infest a pet’s body. The BC SPCA highlighted the danger after a dog was surrendered to them with a massive flea infestation.
According to the animal-welfare agency, a senior terrier named “Rascal,” arrived at their shelter with such a tremendous infestation of fleas that he lost approximately 85 percent of his blood.
“I think people understand that fleas can cause itchy skin and irritation, but they often disregard those discomforts,” says Tina Heary, BC SPCA senior animal protection officer. “But many don’t seem to realize that flea infestations can cause a serious threat to the health and well-being of their animals. Fleas feed on blood, which is why poor Rascal was in critical distress when he came into our care. He was literally dying from fleas.”
Rascal had to get blood transfusions to survive – today, the gentle senior dog is in foster care, recuperating from his near-death experience. “The BC SPCA is grateful to the animal hospital and to Dr. Ken Langelier, whose time-sensitive critical care ensured Rascal had the best chance of survival,” Heary said.
Owners are encouraged to discuss the various flea control options for their pets to help prevent them from suffering like Rascal did.
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