|It's very a propos that the maker labeled the genitals, given that reproduction is what fleas do best. |
Diagram screengrabbed from Wikipedia.
|Proud pic taken post-grooming yesterday: The spiffiest, handsomest GCARC alumna in all of League City. |
Let me say it again because it's important: Four years I've been regularly shaving and grooming this dog, and not once during that time did I find a single flea. Until yesterday, that is. This dog spends most of her days snoozing underneath my home office desk and serving as my official foot-warmer. You better believe she's the cleanest mutt in town.
In other words, the concentration of fleas in our external environment appears to be abnormally high right now (abnormal relative to the levels I observed historically). There are probably a couple of factors contributing to this:
- It's mid-summer, the time of year when fleas are at their most active.
|Well, according to this screengrab from Weather.com, they're active year round here, but maybe the 2014 polar vortex had something to do with a summer surge this year.|
- We seem to have a larger-than-usual concentration of outdoor dogs in Centerpointe right now. Consistent with this observation, did you notice that most recent email blast from the POA? Here's an excerpt:
I will tell you who cares - your neighbors care very much, especially your neighbors who walk their own dogs and then return with those dogs to their homes. Those neighbors don't want high concentrations of fleas hitching a ride on their treated dogs long enough to get inside. For while fleas can't survive on a medicated dog, if they get a toe-hold in a residence they can instead thrive quite nicely on the blood of humans and other pets that may be present. And the quality of your life goes downhill on roller skates from there, because fleas are profoundly difficult to eradicate once established in a home.
So please double check your dog's parasite maintenance schedule and treat him or her if necessary. Like, immediately, because something seems to have happened to change our flea status quo here, and by my observation, it has happened for the worse.
|Moral of this story:|
If you have an inside dog, even if that dog is treated with effective products such as Comfortis, Trifexis, or Advantage, you would be wise to keep a closer watch on both the dog and your home. This Aggie site describes the steps that should be taken in addition to dog treatment to ensure that a flea infestation does not occur. Screengrab above from that site.