Protect Your Dog From Fleas This Coming SummerKeith
Fleas are tiny blood-sucking insects and one of the most common parasites found on our dogs.
About Dog Fleas
Fleas are small, blood-sucking insects and one of the most common parasites found on pets . The most common flea found on dogs is called the dog flea- tenocephalides canis, but sometimes rabbit and hedgehog fleas can be attracted to dogs. Adult fleas live on a dog and the females lay eggs at of up to 50 per day. The eggs fall off the dog and finish up on floors, carpets, house furniture, dog bedding. The eggs will then hatch and the larvae develop into pupae in a cocoon until an adult flea emerges. This flea then attaches itself to a host and the cycle starts again.
Symptoms Of Fleas
The symptoms of fleas can vary from dog to dog with either no visible signs to severe itching and your scratching or chewing itself, usually on the lower back or base of its waggling stick. Small black insects may be seen on close inspection and flea faeces can be seen by brushing the dog’s coat with a fine-toothed comb with the debris collected on a wet piece of white paper. Flea faeces are made up of dry blood which are dark brown but turn red when wet. In some cases fleas can result in severe blood loss which can cause anaemia and a puppy.
Treatment Of Fleas
If you suspect your dog has got fleas, there are a few treatments for them such as flea collars, spot treatments and spray available from pet stores and vets. However the fleas on the dog are only part of the problem, the dog’s bedding, your house should also be treated to kill any eggs. It is important to read and follow the instructions on any treatments.
Prevention Of Fleas
Prevention of fleas is best achieved by applying flea treatments regularly to the dog to kill the fleas, and so prevent the laying of eggs.