This dog must be a past survivor of a flea attack. He REALLY hates the word ‘fleas’. You can’t blame him, fleas aren’t fun and your furry family members shouldn’t have to deal with constant bites and uncontrollable itching and irritation.
No one ever wants to hear that their dog has fleas. Unfortunately, it happens.
Fleas are considered parasites and can be referred to as ‘freeloaders’ meaning they hitch a ride on a living host and thrive there with everything they need to survive. These pesky bugs are more prone to be seen in the warmer months, making them a common issue during the summer.
How do I know if my dog has fleas?
If your dog is scratching and gnawing at their body frequently and you notice their behavior to be out of the usual, chances are they’re carrying some unwanted guests on their body. Fleas are the most common pests that will choose to make your pet their home.
You may be able to actually see the tiny brown fleas moving fast throughout the coat of your dog. Patches of red and hair loss are common from the excessive itching and irritation your dog has been undergoing. Not only do fleas cause irritation and a huge annoyance to anyone, but they’re also known to transmit other harmful parasites like tapeworms to their hosts.
How do I check my dog for fleas?
If you suspect that your dog has fleas, the first step is to check for ‘flea dirt’. Tiny black flecks will be left from the fleas and are actually their feces. Gross! Comb a section of your dog’s fur and hold a white piece of paper alongside the section you’re combing. If you see the black flea dirt flick up onto the white paper then transfer them onto a damp piece of paper towel. If the flecks stay black, they’re most likely just dirt. If the flecks turn to a red or rusty color, it’s probably fleas. They’ll turn red from the blood they’ve consumed from your dog that’s been passed through their system.
How do I prevent fleas?
The best way to deal with fleas is to prevent them from being in or around your home in the first place. Fleas aren’t the only parasites that love to snack on your pets. Ticks are a huge problem and also carry very serious diseases as well.
Without your knowledge, your family and beloved pets could be subject to a flea and tick infestation that starts in your lawn. And worse, without a flea and tick control plan, you could carry the nasty pests into your house. Fleas and ticks could sneak into your house by sticking to the bottom of your pants or your dog’s fur.
The best way to deal with fleas is to hire trained professionals to truly ensure the fleas in your yard are gone for good.
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