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Dec 25, 2011 | 0 | Miscellaneous

The Life and Times of the Flea

by Janie Woodard

The irritating, biting insect known as the flea can make both you and your pet unhappy. Across the world, over 2000 varieties of the flea have been found. The flea’s life ranges anywhere from 14 days up to 2 years. Humidity and heat aid in the egg-laying process while hot, dry periods help with the adult flea population. While the conditions during the summer months make breeding easy for the flea, once the weather turns fleas like to winter in your home.

Fleas are athletes. They can jump as high as 8 inches vertically and 16 inches horizontally. With this athleticism they can enter your residence even if your pets never visit the outside world. They can hitch a ride on your pants, your socks, and blankets or maybe you bring home a new pet. Fleas also like other animals, such as squirrels, rabbits, ferrets and a few additional warm-blooded beings.

There are four life stages of the flea. These stages are the egg, the larvae, the pupae, and the adult and I have outlined them below.

Egg stage:

The female flea can lay 20-40 eggs a day with the eggs hatching in 1-10 days.

Larvae stage:

Once the larvae hatch, they find a dark place and feed on flea waste and debris. They molt at least two times and spin cocoons and become pupae. This stage lasts 5 to 10 days.

Pupae stage:

The pupae spend 8 or 9 days in their cocoons becoming adults, waiting for signs that it is time to exit the cocoon. This stage can last for 174 days!

Adult stage:

Once the flea finds a host, aka your pet, they leave the cocoons, find a mate, and the party begins again. If your pet has no flea protection, an adult flea can live on them for up to 3 months.

Flea protection is not only for your pet. It is for you and your home as well. So, how do you protect yourself?

Frontline flea and tick protection is your front line of defense. It is the #1 flea and tick product recommended by veterinarians. Frontline offers a range of products to meet your pet’s needs. From monthly applications to Frontline spray for pets that can be used as needed. This product can be used on all animals from 8 weeks old regardless of type or size. Meaning you can use it on your kitten and your large dog.

Vacuuming daily is a must for your home. Proper waste disposal is very important. Empty the trash into a plastic bag, seal and remove the bag from your home. Laundering your pet’s bedding in hot, soapy water and spraying the areas where your pet lays is also necessary. Again, Frontline spray can be used for this purpose.

Don’t forget the yard! If your neighbor’s dog has fleas, you will likely have fleas in your yard. Keeping the grass trimmed and spraying the border of your yard will help keep things under control. It has also been noted that a specific herb, Pennyroyal, planted around your home and pets’ kennels may also help in the control of fleas.

Flea control is an ongoing problem for most pet owners. Keeping ahead of the game is the goal!

An animal lover since earliest memories. I have the pleasure of spending my life with a variety of animals. I am always looking for information and remedies to make my life and my pets life more enjoyable.

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Dec 08, 2011 | 0 | Dog grooming, Dog health, Tips

Oster A5 Turbo 2-Speed Professional Animal Clipper Review

By Guy Harmon

Grooming is definitely an important part of being a pet owner. One of the most essential tools for grooming your pet is a good set of clippers so that you can make them more clean looking and presentable. Among the many producers of animal clippers is Oster. We will be reviewing one of their products, the Oster A5 Turbo 2-Speed Professional Animal Clipper.

What Are The Features?

This grooming clipper made by Oster is sure to help you groom pets in your household such as dogs and cats. It has new technologies built into it so that giving them a haircut is simpler. Weighing at 2 pounds, it has a lot of features in its relatively compact shell. Being both strong and reliable at the same time, it’s designed for heavy duty use. It’s powered by a universal rotary motor that is capable of operating at 2 speeds. At its low speed, the clipper operates at 3000 strokes a minute. It will operate at 4000 strokes a minute when switched to its high speed. It’s compatible with all types of A5 blades and Take-Down-Quick blades. These blades are easily detached using its efficient detachable blade system. Standard equipment for this clipper is the silver ion coated blade that prevents the growth of bacteria and mold. Additional equipment includes a blade cover, cleaning brushes, blade oil, and an instructional manual. To top it all off, Oster is providing this product a 1-year parts and service warranty.

What Are Customers Saying?

There are a lot of reviews for the Oster A5 Turbo 2-Speed Professional Animal Clipper and most of them are generally positive. The first thing that owners notice about this clipper is that it cuts hair very efficiently. The combination of a powerful motor and a sharp blade allows it to cut through the toughest coats you can find. In addition, it’s built to be tough and will last you a really long time with good care. On the downside, adaptor kits don’t work for this product. Another concern for this blade is that it has a tendency to overheat, which can hamper its usefulness and durability. If you’re going to use it as a commercial clipper, it may not be a good idea because of the overheating issue.

To close this review, what can be said about the Oster A5 Turbo 2-Speed Professional Animal Clipper is that it’s one efficient clipper. Overheating issues aside, it’s very good in doing what it does, and its ease of use is always going to be an asset.

We highly encourage you to read more about Dog Grooming Clippers if you’re thinking about buying one. Another great clipper to read about is the Oster Golden A5 Clippers.

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Dec 02, 2011 | 0 | Dog grooming