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Who is this 'Iron Belle'?
Why are fleas harmful to my pet?
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By Kerry M. Davis
Hey there, my name is Kerry (thatís me in the picture up there) glad you are here. I have been a health nut for a while but never truly realized my passion for it until a few years ago. I have been a massage therapist for over ten years and known ...
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Chronicles of an Iron Belle
Hey there, my name is Kerry (thatís me in the picture up there) glad you are here. I have been a health nut for a while but never truly realized my passion for it until a few years ago. I have been a massage therapist for over ten years and known for my ability to Ďtortureí people. The CIA wasnít hiring so I pursued an Infant Massage Therapy certification in an attempt to figure out when things start going awry as we develop and stopping them before they cause trouble when we are adults. Person after person would come to me seeking relief from their pain and all I could do was iron it out with a massage, the rest of the work was up to them and I soon found that not too many go to the gym and know what to do or have a personal trainer who gives them a good program. A major contributor to this issue is the lack of communication from the client to the professional out of ignorance of their own body all because we are so busy with the other demands of life to even listen to what our body is telling us. This blog will give you that understanding.

All that background stuff brought me to today: a certified personal trainer who LOVES kettlebell training (my fave move is the Turkish Get Up), loves running, and loves acting like a kid (I have three!). I hope you enjoy the journey with me as we tackle understanding our bodies and how to get the most of your time at the gym, beat injury, figure out what muscles are doing what, and have a few laughs along the way. Understand that I am a massage therapist and personal trainer, not a medical doctor so the advice I share here is strictly that: advice. To see the kind of work I do (with my hunk of a hubby) click here.

Please drop me a line though, I would love to hear all about you!

Take care,

Kerry M. Davis LMT, CIMT, CPT
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Fleas might not seem like that big of a deal in the grand scheme of life. However, they can be responsible for serious problems in your pet’s health, and as the temperatures continue to rise, they pose even more of a challenge. Here are some examples of problems fleas can cause:



  • Intense itching due to a pet’s sensitivity (allergy) to flea bites. This can cause hair loss and more scratching, which can damage the skin and lead to infection.


  • Anemia, especially with cats, because of the fleas’ blood-sucking behavior. This anemia has caused death in cats. 


  • Tapeworm, if a flea is ingested during grooming. Appearing as rice-like segments in the stool or around the rear end, tapeworm can sometimes be seen moving on bedding.


  • Diseases transmitted to people. These diseases would include cat scratch fever, bubonic plague and typhus.



It is recommended that owners check their pets for fleas at least once or twice a week using a flea comb. Sometimes fleas can be found on the comb but more often flea dirt is found.  These pepper-like specks of flea feces will turn red when wetted with water.  Flea combing is especially important in cats as they seldom scratch when flea bitten, unless they are affected by a flea allergy. 


 


Treating fleas can take a lot of effort, so it is easier to prevent fleas rather than treat them after an infestation. Many options exist in terms of external parasite preventives, so it is recommended to consult your veterinarian for option that best fits your lifestyle and your pet’s risk.

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