A study of the electronic medical records of 2.1 million dogs and 450,000 cats found that diabetes, heartworm disease, parasites, and dental disease are on the rise in cats and dogs. Even minor problems like flea and tick infestations are more common than they were five years ago. Experts say the problem is people are going to the veterinarian less due to financial problems. We all have to make sacrifices when times are tough, and for the dog that often means living with fleas.

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