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Flea Infestation on Dogs

Ask any pet owner what they dread most. The answer will most likely be fleas. Dogs can often catch fleas through the environment or other animals. The fleas jump from one host to another, so if you have other pets in your home, chances are they will be infected too. Fleas not just infest your pets, but also your house.
The arrival of fleas in your home or on your dog is not an experience one wishes to have. Fleas can be a fact of life where your pets are concerned. But how do we handle this itchy little problem? Don’t worry. We have a solution.


What are Fleas?


Fleas are tiny wingless parasites that live on the skin of dogs or other animals. There are several types of fleas but the most common type of flea that infests household pets is Ctenocephalises felis commonly known as the cat flea.


The size of a flea is fairly small, just around 2mm, almost the size of the head of the pin. They appear to be of black color to the naked eye. When seen from above, they appear to be narrow with flattened bodies, which help them navigate easily through your pet’s body. If you look at them closely under a microscope, they appear more reddish brown instead of black, with very long back legs and a large body section. The legs of the fleas are designed in such a way that they are able to jump great distances.


Signs that your pet has fleas


Fleas can not only affect your pet but you as well. How do you know whether your dog actually has fleas or is just itchy? The symptoms that your dog has fleas are easy to spot. If your dog is infested with fleas, he will become very uncomfortable. It won’t be easy for him to relax. Here are some symptoms that you need to look out for to be sure your dog is infested with fleas.


· Severe itching
· Hair-loss
· Inflammation
· Skin infections

When you run a hand through your pet’s fur, you might see feel on the furry areas like the inside of the belly or thighs, as they generally dislike light.
There are also visual signs that will help you decide if your pet is infested with fleas or ticks. If you see “flea dirt”, then your pet is definitely infested with fleas. Flea dirt looks like tiny dark specks of pepper like dirt scattered on the surface of the skin of your dog.


Dangers of fleas


Other than the obvious reason that fleas are just “gross”, there are also some health risks for both you and your dog that come with a flea infestation. Here are some health risks the fleas may pose a threat towards your dog’s health.


Flea Allergic Dermatitis


Constant itching due to fleas can cause a dog to have a localized allergic reaction. Some dogs are more sensitive than others, so bites from fleas can lead to irritation, itching, and major skin infections.


Tapeworm infection (Dipylidium caninum)


This species of tapeworm can be contracted by both humans and dogs if they accidently ingest an infected flea. Fleas can sometimes ingest tapeworm eggs which are microscopic,, causing them to become carriers.


Anemia


If there are a lot of fleas infesting the dog, it is possible that the dog may get anemia from the blood loss. Puppies are often more at risk of anemia than adult dogs. If not diagnosed soon, the dog may suffer medical complications.


How to get rid of fleas

Once you know that your dog is infested with fleas, you must take action to provide immediate relief to him. There are plenty of flea sprays for dogs available that will help you get rid of the infestation. These chemical treatments prove to be the best and fastest way to free your dog from the fleas. Solutions Pest & Lawn is your one stop shop for all things flea control.

 

It is very important that you buy the right kind of product for your dog. One of the brands that have proven very effective in the treatment of fleas is Martins Prefurred Plus For Dogs. The product contains Fipronil which is found to be effective in killing ticks and fleas for about 4 weeks.

 

Petcor Flea Spray is another product which is popular among pet owners. This spray is specially designed to eliminate flea larvae and flea eggs on puppies and dogs. The spray not only gets rid of the fleas already present on the dog’s body but also prevents flea larvae or eggs from developing.  


There are plenty of other products that you can use. Try choosing the one which is best for your dog.


Prevention

Now that your dog is flea free, you have to make sure there aren’t any fleas left in the rest of your house. If you have a carpet, chances are it is also infested with fleas. And those fleas can hop right back into your dog’s fur. So make sure that you properly clean your carpets with chemicals to prevent future infestation of your dog.

The best way to make sure that your dog doesn’t catch fleas again is:
· To apply the above-mentioned sprays and medications regularly
· Give your dog a bath regularly and keep him clean
· Complete the course of the treatment
· Wash your dog’s blankets and bedding regularly
· Vacuum the house daily

It is very important that you check your dog periodically to check for fleas. They can turn into a big problem if they are not dealt with immediately. Check your dogs for free today so that it can stay happy and healthy.

Conclusion

If your pet is struggling with itchy fleas, don’t let it get worse and move from your pet to your home. If your pet stays indoors you may already have a flea infestation and will need to carry out a full flea control program to get relief. You can conveniently get all the flea control products you need by ordering our Solutions Guaranteed Flea Control Kit.


For any further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at 800-479-6583, email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com or live chat with us online!

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