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Identify if your pet has fleas

Identify if your pet has fleas

Apr 19th 2022

Fleas are an external parasite that depend upon a host animal for their survival. Once fleas find your pet, the adult fleas will reproduce and thrive on your dog, and in your home, until you break their life-cycle

Dogs and cats that are allergic to the protein in flea salvia, will itch or scratch as soon as the flea bites their skin. A single flea bite can cause pets to scratch excessively and become agitated. As well as itching, red pimples or bumps on your pet's groin, belly, under the legs, or at the base of their tail may be a sign that your pet has fleas. Hair loss and dry skin due to scratching may also be a sign of fleas on your dog or cat.

Here’s how to tell if your dog has fleas:
Take two paper towels and lay them on the counter. Using a fine-toothed flea comb, comb through your dog’s fur. The base of the tail or behind the ears is a good place to comb. Pluck the collected hair and debris from the comb and lay it on one of the paper towels. Dampen the other and press it on top with the hair sandwiched between. Wait a minute then separate the paper towels—if there are flecks of rust or red on the paper towel, your dog has fleas. The rust color leaching from black specks is your dog’s blood digested by the fleas and then excreted as those black flecks.

Leaving fleas untreated can lead to lesions and infection, or even develop into more severe diseases. Effective treatment options can prevent or eliminate fleas.  One of the leading flea/tick is the Earth Animal "Nature's Protection" Flea and tick and are available powders, collars, sprays, shampoos and topical liquids.