As if the itching, scratching and biting caused by fleas weren't bad enough for your dog, these creepy crawly insects are leaving your pet susceptible to infectious parasites like tapeworms.
When the miniature pests cause enormous aggravation, your poor pup might gnaw at her skin and ingest a flea. According to Ron Hines, DVM PhD of 2nd Chance, if these irritants have consumed tapeworm eggs in the past, they act as intermediate hosts for transmitting parasitic worms into your dog. The eggs that have then laid dormant within the flea will hatch once it makes a home within your puppy. From that point forward, the tapeworm will attach itself to your furry friend's intestines causing severe discomfort for your dog as it grows to about 18 inches.
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