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Does Your Dog Have Fleas?


Itch, itch. Scratch, scratch, scratch. Does that sound familiar? Hopefully not, but if it does you might be one of the millions of people whose dog has fleas, mites or other miniscule cretins leeching upon him.

Fleas are tiny insects use their long, powerful legs to catapult onto your dog's body, where they burrow into his fur, live off his blood, and raise families of thousands. Many dogs develop a sensitivity to flea saliva, which the flea injects into your dog's skin as a way to prevent his blood from coagulating and thereby ensure a plentiful meal. If this is the case with your pup, you'll see him scratch, scratch, scratching away.

Whether or not your dog has an allergy to fleas, they're without a doubt an annoying pest that's tough to eradicate. Once your dog has contracted fleas, they will quickly spread to any area where he is a frequent visitor- his bedding, his doghouse, your carpet and furniture, and possibly your clothing and bedding as well.

Fleas and Disease

The most common complication of fleas on your dog is tapeworms in his stool. Yes, it is foul, but as it is with parasites, one often hosts the other, and many a flea has been host to a tapeworm who then made his way into your dog's intestinal tract. Just another great reason to keep those fleas off your dog. The other reason is anemia. Animals that thrive on your dog's blood literally suck the life out of him... so if fleas have been preying upon your pooch, he may show signs of anemia, such as extreme fatigue. Get him to the vet for a thorough examination and inquire about what vitamins and supplements you can give to restore your dog back to a healthy, energetic state.

How to Tell if Your Dog Has Fleas

The most obvious sign of fleas on your dog is constant scratching and irritation of the skin. You may notice pink welts on his belly that eventually crust over; these are flea bites. Another way to check him for fleas is to have him stand on a few pieces of white paper while you comb through his fur. If you see little black flecks on the paper that look a lot like ground pepper, you've got yourself a flea situation. The little flecks are "flea dirt," and when you moisten them with water they'll turn dark red because they contain blood... the blood of your poor dog that those nasty fleas have been feasting on!

Flea Prevention

Ask your vet what methods he recommends to repel fleas. In the old days, most everyone put a flea collar and/or used flea powder on their dog. Some had their dogs "dipped" in a flea repellant bath. Today there are more sophisticated options in addition to the traditional methods... some of which are all-natural and environmentally friendly, and others which are chemical-based and afford extended protection with minimal application.

IGRs (insect growth regulators) kill flea eggs and flea larvae, and are available in both collar and spray form as well as oral medication. Sentinel® is one product that does double duty as both a flea repellant and heartworm protection, and only requires one application per month.

Adulticides kill the actual flea and can be purchased as both spot-on and oral products. Frontline® is one brand that is applied to your dog's shoulder blade area, where it is absorbed and distributed throughout his system. When fleas come in contact with his skin that's been treated with Frontline® or a similar insecticide, they die instantly.

Flea Control in Your Home

Hopefully, you'll take the proper precautions to keep fleas at bay, so you'll never know the unpleasantness of a flea-ridden home. But if you do happen to find fleas, you'll need to act quickly to avoid infestation. First and foremost, give your vet a call and ask him the best method of de-flea-ing your dog and your home. Treat your carpets, furniture, dog bed, and areas outside your home where your dog is frequently found, with an approved flea treatment. Thoroughly vacuum every inch of carpet, and your mattresses if you think there may be a problem there as well. And don't forget to apply flea repellant to the inside of your vacuum! Although it does a great job of sucking up those creepy little creatures, your warm and cozy vaccuum serves as the perfect flea-breeding incubator, which can mean reinfestation later.

No one wants to spray or bomb their home with harmful pesticides, but if you don't take preventive measures against fleas on your dog, that's pretty much your only option to be rid of them. So do yourself a favor and get a flea repellent for that pup of yours!

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Rabid Fox Confirmed in Lancaster County; Two Pets Exposed  SCDHEC

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Dear Gabby: In-Laws, Pets and Phone Addicts  Gulfport Gabber

Managing Pets With Tech: Crowdfunding PetCode - Forbes
Managing Pets With Tech: Crowdfunding PetCode  Forbes

Police: Hundreds of cockroaches, pets found in dirty Florida home - FOX 35 Orlando
Police: Hundreds of cockroaches, pets found in dirty Florida home  FOX 35 Orlando

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Speaking of Pets: Sneezing, snuffling and scratching, it's allergy season  Vail Daily News

Bald Eagles Are Back. And They Want to Eat Your Pets. - The Wall Street Journal
Bald Eagles Are Back. And They Want to Eat Your Pets.  The Wall Street Journal

Pets are being returned to Tampa Bay shelters after pandemic adoption boom - Tampa Bay Times
Pets are being returned to Tampa Bay shelters after pandemic adoption boom  Tampa Bay Times

Feel Good Friday: Pets. - The B-Town (Burien) Blog - The B-Town Blog
Feel Good Friday: Pets. - The B-Town (Burien) Blog  The B-Town Blog

General Mills intends to buy Tyson's pet treat business for $1.2 million - Pet Food Processing
General Mills intends to buy Tyson's pet treat business for $1.2 million  Pet Food Processing

In China, Deaths of Mail-Order Pets in Mystery Boxes Set Off a Backlash - The New York Times
In China, Deaths of Mail-Order Pets in Mystery Boxes Set Off a Backlash  The New York Times

Darien photographer exhibiting ‘Pets and their people’ in New Canaan - Darien Times
Darien photographer exhibiting ‘Pets and their people’ in New Canaan  Darien Times

Keeping pets and animals safe during severe weather - WPBF West Palm Beach
Keeping pets and animals safe during severe weather  WPBF West Palm Beach

'Animals who aren't perfect make wonderful pets:' Palm Beach County couple adopt dogs with disabilities - WPTV.com
'Animals who aren't perfect make wonderful pets:' Palm Beach County couple adopt dogs with disabilities  WPTV.com

Over 65 Percent of Pet Owners Would Dump a Partner Their Cat or Dog Didn't Like, Survey Finds - PEOPLE
Over 65 Percent of Pet Owners Would Dump a Partner Their Cat or Dog Didn't Like, Survey Finds  PEOPLE

Pets with Potential: Meet Shadow - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Shadow  WCAX

Pet Talk with Dr. Zachary Schulze of North Bentwood Veterinary Hospital and Boarding - ConchoValleyHomepage.com
Pet Talk with Dr. Zachary Schulze of North Bentwood Veterinary Hospital and Boarding  ConchoValleyHomepage.com

People are returning pets adopted during pandemic, Maricopa County animal control officials say - 12news.com KPNX
People are returning pets adopted during pandemic, Maricopa County animal control officials say  12news.com KPNX

Prepare your pets before you head back to the office, Oregon Humane Society says - KATU
Prepare your pets before you head back to the office, Oregon Humane Society says  KATU

Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes  Tampa Bay Times

More people begin surrendering pets they adopted during the pandemic - KTLA
More people begin surrendering pets they adopted during the pandemic  KTLA

Record Returns for Pets Adopted During Pandemic - WebMD
Record Returns for Pets Adopted During Pandemic  WebMD

Pet surrenders spike as end of eviction moratoriums loom, Austin shelters say - Austin American-Statesman
Pet surrenders spike as end of eviction moratoriums loom, Austin shelters say  Austin American-Statesman

Pet shelters offer tips for new pet owners as they head back to work - 41 NBC News
Pet shelters offer tips for new pet owners as they head back to work  41 NBC News

Pets experience separation anxiety as people return to work - WKRC TV Cincinnati
Pets experience separation anxiety as people return to work  WKRC TV Cincinnati

Global Pet Supplement Market (2021 to 2027) - by Pet, Application, Source and Distribution Channel - ResearchAndMarkets.com - Yahoo Finance
Global Pet Supplement Market (2021 to 2027) - by Pet, Application, Source and Distribution Channel - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Yahoo Finance

How Central Texas animal shelters are shrinking pandemic pet returns - KXAN.com
How Central Texas animal shelters are shrinking pandemic pet returns  KXAN.com

Feedback: Do You Let Your Pets Dictate Your Love Life? - CBS Pittsburgh
Feedback: Do You Let Your Pets Dictate Your Love Life?  CBS Pittsburgh

Help find a home for these adorable, adoptable pets: May 15-16 - SILive.com
Help find a home for these adorable, adoptable pets: May 15-16  SILive.com

Clinical trials offered to help pets with epilepsy or spinal cord injuries - wcia.com
Clinical trials offered to help pets with epilepsy or spinal cord injuries  wcia.com

People let their pets decide who they date, new survey suggests - Fox News
People let their pets decide who they date, new survey suggests  Fox News

They fell in love with their pandemic pets. Now they don’t want to leave them. - Seattle Times
They fell in love with their pandemic pets. Now they don’t want to leave them.  Seattle Times

What to know before owning an exotic pet - WXOW.com
What to know before owning an exotic pet  WXOW.com

India Pet Food Market Competition, Forecast & Opportunities, FY2026 - Yahoo Finance
India Pet Food Market Competition, Forecast & Opportunities, FY2026  Yahoo Finance

Make Nutrition a Priority for Your Pet - Yahoo Finance
Make Nutrition a Priority for Your Pet  Yahoo Finance

FOCCAS hosts pet adoption, microchip event | Lifestyles - Crossville Chronicle
FOCCAS hosts pet adoption, microchip event | Lifestyles  Crossville Chronicle

Need help with pet food during the pandemic? Valley animal advocates can assist you - Mahoning Matters
Need help with pet food during the pandemic? Valley animal advocates can assist you  Mahoning Matters

Lockdown pet boom creates busy work days for veterinarians - WBRZ
Lockdown pet boom creates busy work days for veterinarians  WBRZ

Wayzn Smart Pet Door review: Now Fido can open your sliding door - TechHive
Wayzn Smart Pet Door review: Now Fido can open your sliding door  TechHive

PFAS found at high levels in pets near Chemours plant - NC Health News - North Carolina Health News
PFAS found at high levels in pets near Chemours plant - NC Health News  North Carolina Health News

COVID-19 pet boom has veterinarians backlogged, burned out - The Associated Press
COVID-19 pet boom has veterinarians backlogged, burned out  The Associated Press

'Excruciatingly sad': Shelters bracing for 'selfish' return of pandemic pets - New York Post
'Excruciatingly sad': Shelters bracing for 'selfish' return of pandemic pets  New York Post

As poverty bites, Lebanese give up their pets - Yahoo News
As poverty bites, Lebanese give up their pets  Yahoo News

Pet of the week: Sunny days are in the forecast - The Providence Journal
Pet of the week: Sunny days are in the forecast  The Providence Journal

Best pet stores in the Philadelphia area - The Philadelphia Inquirer
Best pet stores in the Philadelphia area  The Philadelphia Inquirer

Pet of the week: Big Max - Torrington Register Citizen
Pet of the week: Big Max  Torrington Register Citizen

Large Dog Pulls Owner to the Ground in Order to Fight Pet Pooch in Viral Video - Newsweek
Large Dog Pulls Owner to the Ground in Order to Fight Pet Pooch in Viral Video  Newsweek

Things pet owners should keep in mind to help our environment - Columbus Telegram
Things pet owners should keep in mind to help our environment  Columbus Telegram

‘Pet anxiety is real’: More employers willing to allow pandemic-pets when staff return to the office - Digiday
‘Pet anxiety is real’: More employers willing to allow pandemic-pets when staff return to the office  Digiday

Amazon Reviewers Love This Ottoman That Secretly Doubles as a Hideaway for Cats - PEOPLE.com
Amazon Reviewers Love This Ottoman That Secretly Doubles as a Hideaway for Cats  PEOPLE.com

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Got pets? This best-selling mop/vacuum combo ‘does not leave ANY hair behind’—and it’s on sale  Yahoo Lifestyle

Pets adopted during the pandemic are being returned at record numbers: report - Fox News
Pets adopted during the pandemic are being returned at record numbers: report  Fox News

College Station officials consider pet sale amendment | Govt. and Politics | theeagle.com - Bryan-College Station Eagle
College Station officials consider pet sale amendment | Govt. and Politics | theeagle.com  Bryan-College Station Eagle

These Small and Cuddly Pets Are Perfect For Busy College Students - POPSUGAR
These Small and Cuddly Pets Are Perfect For Busy College Students  POPSUGAR

The shocking amount of money people spend on their pets annually - The Missoulian
The shocking amount of money people spend on their pets annually  The Missoulian

Pets meant to bring companionship during pandemic are being brought back to animal rescues - WRGB
Pets meant to bring companionship during pandemic are being brought back to animal rescues  WRGB

Check out these available pets from the Gulf Coast Humane Society - Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Check out these available pets from the Gulf Coast Humane Society  Corpus Christi Caller-Times

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Celebrity Pets You Might Not Know That Will Calm Your Anxiety  Pajiba Entertainment News

Former pet groomer pleads guilty to animal abuse, receives probation - KOMU 8
Former pet groomer pleads guilty to animal abuse, receives probation  KOMU 8

Humane society Pet of the Week: Max - Tahoe Daily Tribune
Humane society Pet of the Week: Max  Tahoe Daily Tribune

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Pandemic Pets and Pet Companionship: Seven Benefits/Considerations for Care Coordination and Estate Planning  JD Supra

After pandemic pet boom, CT vets see heavy workload - CTPost
After pandemic pet boom, CT vets see heavy workload  CTPost

Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (5/12/21) - ABC15 Arizona
Adoptable pets from Arizona Humane Society and Maricopa County Animal Care (5/12/21)  ABC15 Arizona

Pet Boom During Pandemic Strains Veterinarians, Staffs - Newser
Pet Boom During Pandemic Strains Veterinarians, Staffs  Newser

Pets of the Week - Clarksville Now
Pets of the Week  Clarksville Now

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Pet Shop Boys Did Not Perform With Elton John and Years & Years at BRIT Awards as Planned: What Happened, Actually?  Variety

Store pets can be a pull for some Downtown businesses - News-Press Now
Store pets can be a pull for some Downtown businesses  News-Press Now

Meet Betty: Our Chewy’s Pet of the Week - WDTN.com
Meet Betty: Our Chewy’s Pet of the Week  WDTN.com

The Pet Stop: Animal Aid Vermilion Area - KLFY
The Pet Stop: Animal Aid Vermilion Area  KLFY

How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger - The New York Times
How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger  The New York Times

Camden County Government: Partnership Brings 50 Tons Of Donated Pet Food To Homeward Bound - Patch.com
Camden County Government: Partnership Brings 50 Tons Of Donated Pet Food To Homeward Bound  Patch.com

‘Pandemic puppies’ help fuel Rover’s comeback as pet-sitting startup preps to go public via SPAC - GeekWire
‘Pandemic puppies’ help fuel Rover’s comeback as pet-sitting startup preps to go public via SPAC  GeekWire

10 Cute Mother's Day Gifts for Devoted Pet Parents - PEOPLE
10 Cute Mother's Day Gifts for Devoted Pet Parents  PEOPLE

Exotic pets are in the spotlight at expo in Chesapeake - 13newsnow.com WVEC
Exotic pets are in the spotlight at expo in Chesapeake  13newsnow.com WVEC

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Stephen King: Everything Wrong With The Pet Sematary Remake  Screen Rant

Andis Partners with Celebrity Pet Groomer | News | petproductnews.com - PetProductNews.com
Andis Partners with Celebrity Pet Groomer | News | petproductnews.com  PetProductNews.com

‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side - The New York Times
‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side  The New York Times

PAWS Pet Of The Week: Caleb - CBS Chicago
PAWS Pet Of The Week: Caleb  CBS Chicago

Shipt and Purina Launch Pet Lookalike Sweepstakes in Honor of National Pet Month - PRNewswire
Shipt and Purina Launch Pet Lookalike Sweepstakes in Honor of National Pet Month  PRNewswire

Easing Your Pet Out of the Work-From-Home Routine - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Easing Your Pet Out of the Work-From-Home Routine  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Pancho Is Bridgewaters Pet Of The Week - Patch.com
Pancho Is Bridgewaters Pet Of The Week  Patch.com

Meet Aubrey, NewsWest 9's Pet of the Week - NewsWest9.com
Meet Aubrey, NewsWest 9's Pet of the Week  NewsWest9.com

LOCAL LINKS: Splash Self Serve Pet Spa - Local News 8 - LocalNews8.com
LOCAL LINKS: Splash Self Serve Pet Spa - Local News 8  LocalNews8.com

Vegan couple banned from owning pets after feeding their severely malnourished puppies a meat-free diet - Yahoo! Voices
Vegan couple banned from owning pets after feeding their severely malnourished puppies a meat-free diet  Yahoo! Voices

Pets Lifeline begins move into new facility - Sonoma Index-Tribune
Pets Lifeline begins move into new facility  Sonoma Index-Tribune

Need More Cute Animal Content? Follow the Pets of Netflix's Pet Stars on Instagram! - POPSUGAR
Need More Cute Animal Content? Follow the Pets of Netflix's Pet Stars on Instagram!  POPSUGAR

Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets hope to share their love with you  Tampa Bay Times

ND Today Adopt A Pet, Asha - KFYR-TV
ND Today Adopt A Pet, Asha  KFYR-TV

Shelter pets find new forever homes thanks to recent adoption events - 69News WFMZ-TV
Shelter pets find new forever homes thanks to recent adoption events  69News WFMZ-TV

Tampa Bay area pets looking for loving homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets looking for loving homes  Tampa Bay Times

National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day: 40 essentials for new pet owners - New York Post
National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day: 40 essentials for new pet owners  New York Post

Are our pets fueling climate change and environmental hazards? - Vox
Are our pets fueling climate change and environmental hazards?  Vox

Paws Abilities, a locally-owned pet store, now open on 41st Street - KELOLAND.com
Paws Abilities, a locally-owned pet store, now open on 41st Street  KELOLAND.com

Your pets can catch coronavirus, but don't spread it - Spectrum News 1
Your pets can catch coronavirus, but don't spread it  Spectrum News 1

Animals stolen from Preuss Pets in Lansing - WLNS
Animals stolen from Preuss Pets in Lansing  WLNS

Pet Mania: Pet Art & Photography - Sacramento Magazine
Pet Mania: Pet Art & Photography  Sacramento Magazine

The Unshakeable Interspecies Bond of Pet Moms - Vogue
The Unshakeable Interspecies Bond of Pet Moms  Vogue

Central Garden & Pet rallies after Argus turns bullish - Seeking Alpha
Central Garden & Pet rallies after Argus turns bullish  Seeking Alpha

Over 40 Percent of Pet Parents Look at Their Cat or Dog as a 'Starter Child,' Survey Finds - PEOPLE
Over 40 Percent of Pet Parents Look at Their Cat or Dog as a 'Starter Child,' Survey Finds  PEOPLE

5 arrested after Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, pets kidnapped: Police - ABC News
5 arrested after Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, pets kidnapped: Police  ABC News

Pet of the Week: Ranger - Greensboro News & Record
Pet of the Week: Ranger  Greensboro News & Record

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