There are two types of people in the world: dog lovers and cat lovers. If you are reading this article, then it fairly safe to assume that you are very much on “team dog.” Our dogs are our best friends and loyal companions. No one quite understands us like our beloved hounds do. What is more, we want to show them the loyalty and love that they show to us, in return.

If you have a pet pooch and you are worried about fleas, then I urge you to read on. This guide will ensure that your handsome hound is in the best possible health as well as giving helpful advice on how to eradicate horrible fleas.

Fleas, in short, are parasitic pests that can make your dog seriously unhappy. There is nothing worse than an unhappy pet. If your dog is constantly scratching, biting and their skin looks inflamed and sore, then they may have a flea infestation within their fur.

The great news is that dogs can be treated easily with over-the-counter medications to ensure that they are flea free. Be rid of these jumping terrors to ensure that your pooch is happy. Check out for more information.

Spot Fleas On Your Dog

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Fleas are more prominent in hotter climates and cannot survive in freezing temperatures. You need to be vigilant against fleas in the summer, as this is when they are most likely to breed. Autumn should also be treated with caution, as this is when fleas move indoors to ensure that they try to survive the harsh winter months.

If you want to ensure that your canine is flea free, then you will need to invest in a doggy comb. You can brush their fur and see what is living within their skin. Fleas tend to live in the warmer areas of the dog’s fur, so the groin and legs are common places for fleas to live. Do be aware that fleas are spritely critters and are prone to move quickly when disturbed. If you think that your dog has fleas, but you are uncertain, you can still medicate your pup with a shampoo to ensure that the fleas have been killed. This application may need to be repeated to guarantee that all the fleas have been killed.

Fleas can be recognized by their dirt-like appearance. The irregular pieces of this dirt-like matter on your dog’s skin are a sure sign of fleas. This dirt-like matter that is left on your dog’s skin is dried blood and flea poop. While the thought of this is entirely unappealing, it is important that you smear any of this matter onto a tissue to see if it is definitely flea matter. If it is flea matter that is left behind, you will see that the color is a red-brown in appearance. This is due to the blood that the flea has been stealing from your pet pooch.

While many of us think ‘seeing is believing’ you don’t have to scoot around on your dog’s fur to make sure that there are fleas living on them. Your dog will display very clear symptoms if they are suffering from a flea infestation. Typically, the following signs are:

Your dog is extremely itchy
A red, swollen wheal develops within half an hour of the bite
After a day or so, the wheal (lump) may develop into a blister or small wound
The legs and feet are often targeted
Secondary infections caused by scratching are common, such as tapeworm and ringworm

There will be changes to your dog’s behavior too. If they are usually happy, and full of beans, but they are suddenly quiet and withdrawn, this could be a sure sign of a flea infestation. With severe infestations, your dog may be more prone to excessive biting, licking and scratching. Your dog will become restless and will start shaking their head. They do this as a form of pain relief. What is more, they are hoping that the fleas will be shaken from their body. Your poor pooch!

What is truly terrifying is that fleas do not just stay on your dog. Oh no! They can also be found within your home, irrespective of whether you have carpets or curtains adorning your home. Your home will become a hive of flea activity if you do not treat your pet within the first instant. This is particularly true of the room in which your dog spends most of its time. You need to make sure that your dog’s relaxation, feeding and bedding areas are all flea free. You can do this by washing, cleaning and disinfecting the area thoroughly and regularly.

One particularly useful method of finding fleas within your home may be to wear white socks and walk through the area that your dog often frequents. If you pick up flea dirt on the bottom of your socks, you can be certain that your home is suffering from an infestation too. While doing this may not be pleasant, it is important that you do so to make sure that your home is pristine and flea-less.

Fleas can be a burden to your pooch. They can cause discomfort and pain. It is vital that you do not let your dog become prone to this kind of infection. What is more, if you have puppies within your home, fleas can prove fatal as their tiny bodies cannot cope with the infestation of fleas. Fleas can be so much more than a nuisance if you have young dogs within your home.

If you want to guarantee that your home and dogs are flea free, then you will need to make sure that you take preventative measures to make sure that your dog is not riddled with bugs. Preventative daily medication can stop the onset of fleas, as well as shampooing your dog on a weekly or monthly basis with a medicated shampoo.

Your dog is undoubtedly your best friend. No one can quite live up to your canine companion. Make sure that your dog is happy, healthy and back to their usual loveable self by embarking on a strict preventative flea regimen. Your hound will thank you for it.

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