Fleas are one of the most common issues seen by veterinarians across the country. These pesky parasites can easily hitch a ride on your dog and once inside, they can start to wreak havoc in your home right away. Many flea infestations are found after a dog or cat starts to develop a rash or other skin conditions. Some dogs and cats are allergic to flea saliva and it only takes a few flea bites to cause a reaction. Owners, in many cases, don’t realize their dog has been infected with fleas, but rather assume the animal is having a reaction to something else.
The best way to prevent fleas, ticks and heartworm infestations is to keep all of your pets on preventive pet drugs like Pet Armor all year long. These medications help to kill any fleas on your pet and work to prevent future infestations altogether.
Even if you keep on top of your dog’s monthly applications, there is still a chance it could become infested with fleas or a tick could hitch a ride from time to time. Because of this, it is important for owners to understand the signs of fleas in order to clear up the issue in a timely manner.
You may be able to tell if your dog has fleas shortly after it gets bitten if it’s allergic. In this case, you may see your dog itching or biting its skin constantly. The dog might also start to lose hair down both sides of its back, which is a telltale sign of fleas. If you notice these symptoms, bring the dog to the vet right away as he or she will be able to make a correct diagnosis. If the issue is found to be fleas, the vet will likely prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication like Metacam to reduce pain caused by the allergic reaction. The vet may also recommend giving the dog a bath with soothing pet shampoo like Excel Hydrocortisone Shampoo to help heal the skin faster.
If your pup isn’t allergic to fleas, it may be harder to figure out it is suffering from an infestation. One of the best way to do so is to invest in pet products like a Resco Pro-Series Flea Comb which allows you to easily comb through your pup’s thick coat. Make sure to look for both live, adult fleas and larval fleas around the lower legs. If you think you see even one flea, bring the dog to the vet because the parasites can multiply quickly.