New Horizons Veterinary Behavior Solutions

300 Somonauk St.
Park Forest, IL 60466



  • Fleas have been around since the time of dinosaurs, more than 100 million years!  They aren't going anywhere!  We need to protect our pets because they are everywhere!


  • There are many species of fleas.  Cats and dogs usually share the same species called Ctenocephalides felis, also known as the cat flea.


  • A Flea will live on a pet for up to 60 to 100 days!  Fleas will feed up to 4000 times a day and can consume up to 15 times their body weight in blood meals from your pet!


  • Only the adult flea feeds on blood.


  • Fleas can jump over 100 times their own body length.


  • A single female flea will lay 40-50 eggs per day and up to 2000 egss in a lifetime.


  • Eggs fall off pets and infest flooring cracks, carpets, bedding and furniture.


  • Eggs later hatch into larva.


  • Immature flea larva avoid light and burrow themselves into carpeting and crevices.


  • Fleas often survive the winter in larval or pupal stages with optimal growth occuring during warm moist winters and spring.


  • A typical flea infestion consists of 50% eggs, 35% larva, 10% pupae and 5% adults. 


  • The number of fleas found on a pet only represents about 5% of the fleas in the home environment. The best way to rid the enviroment of fleas in the home is by vacuuming and promptly disposing of vacuum bags.  Recent research at The Ohio State University proved that thorough vacuuming can remove up to 95 % of adult fleas and nearly 100% of immature fleas.


  • Spraying with an environmental flea spray that breaks the flea life cycle and prevents the immature fleas from developing can also help.


  • Flea allergy dermatitis in cats and dogs results from an immune reaction to the flea's saliva following a bite.


  • Finding evidence of fleas on flea allergic animals can be very difficult because they do not tolerate the fleas.  A single flea bite can cause severe itching in a flea allergic pet. Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) is one of the most common causes of itching and allergies in pets.


  • Fleas like to bite around the neck and on the rump.


  • Fleas often carry tapeworms called Dipylidium caninum.  Tapeworm larva can live inside fleas and are ingested when a pets bite and swallow fleas during grooming.