Fleas are the most common external parasite found on dogs and are more likely to be a problem during warm-weather months ( they can also cause problems during cooler seasons because they can continue their life cycle indoors)
How will fleas affect my dog?
You will probably first notice the effects of fleas when your dog repeatedly scratches and chews . You may also see tiny brown fleas moving quickly through your dog’s hair coat. Your dog’s constant scratching may lead to visible patches of hair loss and irritated skin. Fleas can also cause skin allergies and can transmit other parasites, such as tapeworms, to your dog.
How do I check my dog for fleas?
Fleas are not always easy to find. One of the best ways to check your dog for fleas is to look for flea dirt in your dog’s hair coat.
To check for flea dirt, quickly comb or rub a section of the hair on your dog’s back while your dog is sitting or lying on a white piece of paper. If they have fleas, black flecks that look like dirt will fall onto the paper. If you transfer these black flecks to a damp piece of paper, in a short time they will appear red or rust-colored if your dog has fleas. If the dirt specks do not turn red, then they are probably just dirt.
Preventing Flea Indoors
To control fleas, stop them from reproducing. Carpets, pet bedding, furniture, and other indoor areas where your dog spends most of his time.Frequent vacuuming and washing of your dog’s bedding will reduce the number of developing fleas inside your home.
Preventing Fleas Outdoors
Both dogs and fleas like shady areas. Help your dog avoid these spots if fleas are a problem.
Important Steps to Take
Spray both indoor and outdoor areas with insecticides to eliminate fleas, if necessary. Treatment of your home or yard is best performed by an expert.
Most flea issues can be handled by treating and preventing fleas on your dog. It is important to remember that flea problems can different from pet to pet or between households. Each problem may require a special method of control.