Itchy. Scratchy. Fleas.
What do they look like?
Does just the thought of fleas get you itching? Imagine how your dog feels! These tiny buggers can make themselves at home on your pet for quite some time before you realize it.
Here's what you should keep an eye out for:
- An itchy pup! If you notice a lot of scratching, make sure to check for fleas.
- Fleas are small – 1 to 2mm long.
- They have flat dark brown bodies — no wings, despite their ability to jump up to 110 times their length.
- They can leave behind a dirt-like substance — which is actually flea poop! Yuck.
How do I figure out if my dog has fleas?
- Comb your dog's hair from back to front. This allows for a better look at the skin. Check the armpits and groins, fleas love dark, warm spots.
- Give your pup a bath, if dark brown spots fall into the water they're likely fleas.
- To check if "flea dirt" is just dirt or flea feces, brush it onto a paper towel, a red dot will be left behind if it's fleas.
Now… how to get rid of them!
- First off, your dog needs a flea bath! You can buy DIY flea baths at your local retailer or bring him into your dog care facility who specializes in getting rid of them.
- Use a flea comb to brush through the fur and pull any dead or living fleas, be sure to try and dispose of live fleas.
- Quarantine your pup from other pets, fleas spread quickly from animal to animal
- Toss all pet bedding and blankets. Fleas can leave behind thousands of eggs.
- Vacuum a ton, then vacuum more! Treat your house with a flea product to prevent a repeat situation.
Fleas happen... You're a good dog parent. Remember prevention is KEY! Make sure to stay on top of your pup's monthly flea prevention medications.