A small, wingless, blood-sucking insect which are common external parasites found on animals. Fleas can cause severe allergy problems in dogs and cats and result in recurrent skin infections and chronic pruritis (feeling itchy). They also carry tapeworms and infect pets when they swallow the flea. Fleas are particularly a problem in Florida due to the warm temperatures, and the veterinarians at our clinincs recommend that your pet be on monthly flea prevention, all year- round to prevent infestations in your home.