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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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Pet Talk | Start of recreational pot sales brings rise in pet intoxication  Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

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Pets of the week: These sweet strays have lots of personality to brighten your life  MLive.com

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PETS OF THE WEEK | Lifestyle  Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

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Urgent Care For Pets to Open on Amsterdam and 77th This Spring  westsiderag.com

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Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

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Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Jan. 26, 2020  Summit Daily News

Legislature Considering Bill Making Shelter Dogs, Cats Official State Pets - NBC 6 South Florida
Legislature Considering Bill Making Shelter Dogs, Cats Official State Pets  NBC 6 South Florida

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MSPCA program offers affordable care for Lowell pets  Lowell Sun

Vancouver hospice program cares for pets so owners can be with dying loved ones - The Columbian
Vancouver hospice program cares for pets so owners can be with dying loved ones  The Columbian

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Pets & People: Challenging bullies | Pets And Animals  Frederick News Post

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Seattle organization that helps pets of people on the streets gets $50K grant  KOMO News

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Featured pets — Jan. 26 | Pets And Animals  Frederick News Post

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PetMed Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:PETS) Pays A US$0.27 Dividend In Just 4 Days  Yahoo Finance

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Dr. Fayez Assad | Getting to the root of dental disease in pets  TribDem.com

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Pets Are Part of Our Families. Now They’re Part of Our Divorces, Too  TIME

Think Kombucha for Pets - CBS Pittsburgh
Think Kombucha for Pets  CBS Pittsburgh

Available pets from the Humane Society of Lake County - Daily Commercial
Available pets from the Humane Society of Lake County  Daily Commercial

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Firefighters: Families should have fire escape plan that includes pets  UpNorthLive.com

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15 Adorable Cincinnati Pets Looking For a New Home in the New Year  Cincinnati CityBeat

Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

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Small Door, the OneMedical for pets, launches NYC location  TechCrunch

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Marion County Animal Services offers Pets of the Week  Ocala News

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Delta has a new upscale, high-tech pet carrier available. Cost? $850  CNN

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The days of passengers bringing pets on planes could be ending as U.S. looks to tighten service animal rules  MarketWatch

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Blood banks in need of donations from pets  mycbs4.com

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Camp Bow Wow shares New Year's resolutions for pet owners  WLS-TV

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MAPS Pets of the Week: Seniors for seniors  Hub City Times

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Aiken Dog Walks brings together pets and their owners  Aiken Standard

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Hangzhou's Nova Pets is a grooming parlour where owners can hang out with their animals  Dezeen

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Hoosiers love their pets: Indiana ranks third in pet ownership, owners reap mental and physical benefits  nwitimes.com

Looking for a Home: Adoptable pets - The Register-Guard
Looking for a Home: Adoptable pets  The Register-Guard

Adoptable pets in Tucson - Arizona Daily Star
Adoptable pets in Tucson  Arizona Daily Star

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Pets of the week: What does your cat do when you're not looking?  yoursun.com

Meet This Weeks Adorable Adoptable Pets, Beanie & Marcie - Patch.com
Meet This Weeks Adorable Adoptable Pets, Beanie & Marcie  Patch.com

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Join Big Joe at the Super Pet Expo in Edison — Feb. 8, 2020  New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

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Selma family, pets poisoned by carbon monoxide  WRAL.com

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Looking for real love? Pet shelter has a Valentine's deal  Sun Sentinel

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Photos: Tips pet owners can use to help against coyote attacks  newportri.com

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Should Income Investors Look At PetMed Express, Inc. (NASDAQ:PETS) Before Its Ex-Dividend?  Simply Wall St

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Delta will fly your pet in a GPS-tracked luxury carrier — for $850 per flight  The Points Guy

Delta launches new airline pet travel option - Chicago Tribune
Delta launches new airline pet travel option  Chicago Tribune

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Kalkaska Couple Killed in House Fire Tried to Save Pets  9&10 News

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Rescue pets of the week: Princess and Midnight  SC Times

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A new vet subscription shows pets really are just like us — they’re suckers for good branding  The Hustle

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Sheriff: Two killed in house fire trying to rescue pets  UpNorthLive.com

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Dissolving Dead Pets: Tucson Vet Offers Alternative To Cremation  Patch.com

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Pets with Potential: Meet Maude  WCAX

Cat Named Bubble Wrap Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island - Long Island Press
Cat Named Bubble Wrap Among Pets Up For Adoption on Long Island  Long Island Press

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Vernon native's company uses immunotherapy to treat pets' cancers  Journal Inquirer

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Greyhound group's challenge is to turn racing machine into a pet  Los Angeles Times

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Putting pets to the test for bacteria  WKOW

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Child injured, pets killed after truck smashes into Van Buren home  4029tv

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Ice melt can cause irritation to your pet's paws  WXOW.com

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Firefighter injured, pets lost after early Saturday morning fire in Philipsburg  Centre Daily Times

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Delta now offering ‘CarePod’ for travelers with pets  KSTU FOX 13 Salt Lake City

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Adoptable Pets of the Week (1/24/2020) | Local News  The Daily Progress

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Fliers May Have to Attest Their Pets Are Service Animals  Newser

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7 year-old-Frankfort boy behind shelter pet bill - ABC 36 News  WTVQ

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Delta launches new airline pet travel option, feds float restrictions  WSB Atlanta

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Why are pets everywhere? Businesses, airlines cracking down on service animal rules  WZTV

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SPCA Pet of the Week: January 24, 2020  WABI

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Pet Winter Safety  WJAC Johnstown

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Delta Launches New Cargo Carriers to Make Flying With Pets Easier  HouseBeautiful.com

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Claremore Man Makes Wearable Tributes To Beloved Pets  News On 6

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This artist can paint your pet posed next to a celebrity  KENS5.com

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Are you leaving your pet outdoors in cold weather? These laws apply to you  WHNT News 19

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The Bird Folks: Pet bird quandary  Wicked Local Brewster

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Fires displace families, kill pets during past week  Taylorsville Times

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Pet of the Week: 2020 pets  WTOP

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Lawmakers put pet ideas in bills | Statehouse | Journal Gazette  Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Animal Tales: Lewiston woman keeps pets in style - Lewiston Sun Journal
Animal Tales: Lewiston woman keeps pets in style  Lewiston Sun Journal

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Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Malibu, Brandy, & Baby  SweetwaterNOW.com

Pet Talk: First Aid for pets - KBTX
Pet Talk: First Aid for pets  KBTX

NJ pets in need: Jan. 20, 2020 - NJ.com
NJ pets in need: Jan. 20, 2020  NJ.com

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Animal advocates remind community to keep a close eye on outdoor pets this winter  WJW FOX 8 News Cleveland

Pet of the week - Post Register
Pet of the week  Post Register

Shelter pets could become Florida's official state pet - WCTV
Shelter pets could become Florida's official state pet  WCTV

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PetMed Express Inc (PETS) Q3 2019 Earnings Call Transcript  Motley Fool

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How she became the purrfect pet  Newsday

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Overweight pets and health consequences  WGME

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KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Mickey  KCBD

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Three pets die after west Jackson house fire  WBBJ-TV

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Enzo Is Clark-Garwoods Pet Of The Week  Clark, NJ Patch

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APHS ending pet adoptions at PetSmart at end of January  abc7amarillo.com

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Hometown Hero | Helping Pawz Pet Pantry  WSAZ-TV

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Delta Just Introduced a New Pet Carrier That'll Make Flying Easier  Thrillist

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Snuggling with your pet, a good remedy for cold and flu, according to doctors  Clarksville Now

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Gilbert Is Bridgewaters Pet Of The Week  Bridgewater, NJ Patch

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Koda Is Hillsboroughs Pet Of The Week  Hillsborough, NJ Patch

Coral Springs Police, Fire Rescue members host pet adoption event - WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale
Coral Springs Police, Fire Rescue members host pet adoption event  WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports | Fort Lauderdale

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The Activists Who've Saved 1000 Pets From Syria's War Zones  OZY

Celebs and their pets in 2020 - msnNOW
Celebs and their pets in 2020  msnNOW

Pet of the Week: Tiny - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Pet of the Week: Tiny  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Area pets available for adoption (PHOTOS), Jan 22, 2020  OregonLive

Lehigh Valley Pet Expo back for another year - WFMZ Allentown
Lehigh Valley Pet Expo back for another year  WFMZ Allentown

Spotify playlists for your pets? OK, we’ll bite - TechHive
Spotify playlists for your pets? OK, we’ll bite  TechHive

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Paco Is Manvilles Pet Of The Week  Patch.com

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Domestic abusers could lose contact with pets if bill in Florida legislature passes  FOX 35 Orlando

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Pets of the week: Maye Maye is very smart and lovable  Victoria Advocate

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Nominate Your Pet For Princetons Pet Of The Week  Princeton, NJ Patch

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