Every dog owner wants the best for their pet and aims to keep them healthy. Unfortunately, fleas are a common ailment that afflicts many dogs at one point or another during their lifetime. Even if you apply flea treatment on your dog regularly, there is still a possibility your pet can contract fleas. If you’re unsure whether your canine has fleas or not, and would require flea treatment, there are multiple warning signs that can warn you your pet may have contracted them. Here are three of the biggest things to look out for if you’re concerned about fleas.
1. Excessive Scratching Or Chewing
One warning sign to watch for is excessive scratching or chewing, especially if your dog hasn’t done this in the past. Flea bites leave behind saliva that causes an itching sensation on the skin of your dog. This can lead to many problems including flea allergy dermatitis and secondary bacterial skin infections. Flea treatment may be required if this is happening, but you should always look for other warning signs and consult your veterinarian to verify your pet has fleas.
2. Flea Dirt On The Hair And Skin
The second sign of fleas is “flea dirt” on the skin or hair of your dog. If you notice any black peppered spots while examining your pet, in the fur and on the skin, it might be flea dirt. Flea dirt is a combination of waste and blood left behind by fleas as they bite the pet and suck the blood. If you would like to check whether the spots are dirt or flea dirt you can wipe the spot with a paper towel and it will leave behind a stain with a red tint. This is another sign that your dog may require flea treatment.
3. Red Patches Of Skin
Another sign of a flea problem with your pet is finding red patches of skin on their body. Flea bite saliva can cause an allergic reaction with certain dogs. These reactions can be found anywhere on the dog’s body, not just at the point of infection, which is due to the hypersensitivity of the skin. Just because you’ve used a flea treatment doesn’t mean your pet is immune to fleas. Talk to your vet if you discover red patches of skin on your dog.
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Do you believe your dog may have fleas? Advecta can help protect your pets from annoying pests such as fleas. We provide various products for dogs of all sizes. Shop all our flea treatments here or contact us if you have any questions about our product. We look forward to keeping your pet healthy!