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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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Bean And Butch Are Bridgewaters Pets Of The Week  Patch.com

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Pets with Potential: Meet Una  WCAX

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Nali, Jenny and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  The Arizona Republic

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Caramel And Jennifer Are Hillsboroughs Pets Of The Week  Patch.com

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Aspen and Chico: Rescue Pets of the Week  SC Times

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Pet project: Even more Monterey County pets.  Monterey County Weekly

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Pet Talk | Essential footwear | Pets | news-gazette.com  Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

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Tulsa Animal Welfare pets of the week  KTUL

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Spring is almost here! Share the warmer weather with these adoptable pets: March 6-7  SILive.com

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AT HOME WITH MARNI JAMESON: Living with pets Part I: How to help your pet age in place  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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Active Pets' Dog Car Seat Cover Is an Amazon Shopper Favorite  PEOPLE

Expert tips for maintaining your pet's healthy weight - Santa Clarita Valley Signal
Expert tips for maintaining your pet's healthy weight  Santa Clarita Valley Signal

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Is This 2000-Year-Old Egyptian Burial Site the World's Oldest Pet Cemetery?  Smithsonian Magazine

Second Chance Pets: Pixie and Rascals - KOIN.com
Second Chance Pets: Pixie and Rascals  KOIN.com

Burlington students support Salvation Army, Blessed Pets - KFYR
Burlington students support Salvation Army, Blessed Pets  KFYR

Adopt One of These Loving Senior Pets on Long Island - Long Island Press
Adopt One of These Loving Senior Pets on Long Island  Long Island Press

Good Day Pets – Meet Chubs! - KCAU 9
Good Day Pets – Meet Chubs!  KCAU 9

Livonia considers ordinance intended to keep pets out of extreme cold weather - Hometown Life
Livonia considers ordinance intended to keep pets out of extreme cold weather  Hometown Life

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The nation’s largest goat milk plant is in Turlock. Now it has products for pets  Modesto Bee

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You Can Help Pets In Need And Win Prizes During ALIVE's Comedy And Music Event Saturday  Block Club Chicago

Pets of Prince William: Meet Betty from Manassas - Prince William Living
Pets of Prince William: Meet Betty from Manassas  Prince William Living

Young-Williams Pet of the Week: Simone - WATE 6 On Your Side
Young-Williams Pet of the Week: Simone  WATE 6 On Your Side

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Investigation links pet sickness, death to flea and tick collar with Shawnee connection  WDAF FOX4 Kansas City

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Will Cuban tree frogs kill your pets?  WJXT News4JAX

For Pet's Sake: Pet Vaccines - Fox Baltimore
For Pet's Sake: Pet Vaccines  Fox Baltimore

Havahart Pets, Kind Dentistry under new ownership - Racine County Eye
Havahart Pets, Kind Dentistry under new ownership  Racine County Eye

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Fixing pothole damage helps SPCA pets  WCPO

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Pet Food Research Roundup: Addressing DCM, Non-Conventional Diets, and Common Health Concerns  Food Industry Executive

Pets Will Now Be Welcome on Amtrak's Weekday Acela Trains - Travel + Leisure
Pets Will Now Be Welcome on Amtrak's Weekday Acela Trains  Travel + Leisure

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Dog Food Startup KetoNatural Pet Foods Raises $2M in Seed Financing Transaction  Yahoo Finance

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Mars Petcare names Singh new regional president for pet nutrition  williamsonherald.com

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Spring dangers to pet health, how to keep your furry friends safe  ABC 4

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Paw-sitive News: Louisville Metro Animal Services Waives Redemption Fees for Stray Pets  Spectrum News 1

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22 Truly Low-Maintenance Pets Because a Dog Is Out of the Question  PureWow

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Latina breaking ground from fighting for civil rights to protecting Arizona's pets  ABC15 Arizona

Pets of the week: Tom is a unique fella. Lady is just stunning - MLive.com
Pets of the week: Tom is a unique fella. Lady is just stunning  MLive.com

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Many exotic pets suffer or die in transit, and beyond—and the U.S. government is failing to act  National Geographic

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Horse farm in Scottsdale will soon be "dog hotel" for pets belonging to homeless  AZFamily

Pet owners concerned after claims of 1,700 pet deaths linked to popular flea collar - MyFoxZone.com KIDY
Pet owners concerned after claims of 1,700 pet deaths linked to popular flea collar  MyFoxZone.com KIDY

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Amtrak goes all in on dogs (and pet fares add up)  WTOP

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Friends of the Pocatello Animal Shelter to cover pet adoptions for veterans - Local News 8  LocalNews8.com

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Pet Adoption Event Comes to Jacksonville Beach  WJCT NEWS

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Optimus - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Optimus  KCBD

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If you have this pet food, don’t even touch it  BGR

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Aggieland Humane Society Pet of the Week: Bam Bam  KBTX

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Pet of the Week: Meet Big John!  WKOW

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Pets of the Week  Clarksville Now

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Seresto allegedly linked to nearly 1700 pet deaths, EPA monitoring situation  DVM 360

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Pet of the Week: Isabella  newschannel20.com

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Bravo Packing, Inc. Recalls All Performance Dog and Ground Beef Raw Pet Food Because of Possible Salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes Health Risk to Humans and Animals  FDA.gov

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Popular flea collar linked to almost 1,700 pet deaths. The EPA has issued no warning.  USA TODAY

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March Is National Pet Poison Prevention Month | Living | greenevillesun.com  Greeneville Sun

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Community remembers father killed trying to save pets from house fire in Clinton Township  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Common Flea Collar Linked to Nearly 1,700 Pet Deaths and 1,000 Human Illnesses: Report  PEOPLE

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Pet Boarding Business Relocates to Waldoboro  The Lincoln County News

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LifeCare Alliance’s Senior PetCare program delivers pet food to those in need  The Columbus Dispatch

Misha is pet of the week - Herald-Mail Media
Misha is pet of the week  Herald-Mail Media

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Martha Stewart says CBD for pets will be a $10B industry in 2 years  Fox Business

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911 Dispatcher’s Paintings Of Pets Becomes Popular Small Business  CBS Boston

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Meet Shyloh: Chewy’s Pet of the Week  WDTN.com

Florida senators like the idea of a ban on tethering pets. But the NRA says no way. - Miami Herald
Florida senators like the idea of a ban on tethering pets. But the NRA says no way.  Miami Herald

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Do You Let Your Pets Get Away with Naughty Behavior? New Survey Says 70 Percent of Americans Do  PEOPLE.com

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Unusual pets: A pair of goats living it up in Boise  KTVB.com

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No Man’s Sky’s new pets are already causing chaos  Polygon

Report: Popular flea collar linked to nearly 1,700 pet deaths - Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News
Report: Popular flea collar linked to nearly 1,700 pet deaths  Boston News, Weather, Sports | WHDH 7News

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Pets are helping us cope during the pandemic—but that may be stressing them out  National Geographic

Law firm's fan account for presidential pets is 'out of the Twitter doghouse' - ABA Journal
Law firm's fan account for presidential pets is 'out of the Twitter doghouse'  ABA Journal

Who knew? Surprising places that welcome pets - Quad-Cities Online
Who knew? Surprising places that welcome pets  Quad-Cities Online

Pets at Home says lockdown pet bonanza will bring even higher profits - BBC News
Pets at Home says lockdown pet bonanza will bring even higher profits  BBC News

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Lilly - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Lilly - 47abc  WMDT

WATCH: Pets in Colorado have a snow day - 9News.com KUSA
WATCH: Pets in Colorado have a snow day  9News.com KUSA

The Most Popular Pet Name of the Century (Maybe) - The New York Times
The Most Popular Pet Name of the Century (Maybe)  The New York Times

Second Chance Pets: Steve the cat - KOIN.com
Second Chance Pets: Steve the cat  KOIN.com

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Latest PETA implores people to stop calling their animals 'pets' as it's derogatory  CBS Sports Radio 910

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10 Trendy Houseplants That are Safe for Pets, According to Experts  BobVila.com

Tampa Bay area pets in need of homes - Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay area pets in need of homes  Tampa Bay Times

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This Pet Food Is Subject to a Recall and Could Make Humans Sick, Too  Best Life

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With loved ones and pets, Globes winners embrace cozier show  Associated Press

The 'Can You Pet The Dog' Twitter account is having a big impact - Washington Post - The Washington Post
The 'Can You Pet The Dog' Twitter account is having a big impact - Washington Post  The Washington Post

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Pets of the Week: Cosmo, Vision, Lucy and Bucky are ready for adoption  Long Beach Press Telegram

Poshmark enters into the pet category - Retail Dive
Poshmark enters into the pet category  Retail Dive

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Prestige Pet Peacocking Enters a New Phase. Is Your Dog Ready for Its Close-Up?  TownandCountrymag.com

Pet store Petagogy grows customer base, plans move to downtown Greensburg - TribLIVE
Pet store Petagogy grows customer base, plans move to downtown Greensburg  TribLIVE

Keep your pets safe | Journal-news - Martinsburg Journal
Keep your pets safe | Journal-news  Martinsburg Journal

7 in 10 pet owners say they wouldn't have 'survived' 2020 without their animal companion - Fox News
7 in 10 pet owners say they wouldn't have 'survived' 2020 without their animal companion  Fox News

Destructive Aquatic Species Found in Nebr., Wyo. Pet Stores - kneb.com
Destructive Aquatic Species Found in Nebr., Wyo. Pet Stores  kneb.com

Here are 6 TV pet shows you should know about - Marin Independent Journal
Here are 6 TV pet shows you should know about  Marin Independent Journal

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Feb. 28 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Feb. 28  Summit Daily News

The pet whisperer of Fukushima - Yahoo News
The pet whisperer of Fukushima  Yahoo News

Pet shops left behind as Amazon, Chewy reap benefits from adoption surge - Fox Business
Pet shops left behind as Amazon, Chewy reap benefits from adoption surge  Fox Business

House passes bill on sales of puppies and kittens in pet stores - coloradopolitics.com
House passes bill on sales of puppies and kittens in pet stores  coloradopolitics.com

Online pet retail giant Chewy plans to hire several hundred at new Seattle-area office - GeekWire
Online pet retail giant Chewy plans to hire several hundred at new Seattle-area office  GeekWire

Pamper your pet with these purr-fect presents - KSAT San Antonio
Pamper your pet with these purr-fect presents  KSAT San Antonio

100 Animals Dead After Fire Erupts Inside Indianapolis Pet Store - PEOPLE
100 Animals Dead After Fire Erupts Inside Indianapolis Pet Store  PEOPLE

Opinion | Will Anything Stop Putin’s Pet Project? - The New York Times
Opinion | Will Anything Stop Putin’s Pet Project?  The New York Times

Gilbert pet owner looking for shooter after cat was found paralyzed, later euthanized - AZFamily
Gilbert pet owner looking for shooter after cat was found paralyzed, later euthanized  AZFamily

Betty White ‘Pet Set’ series re-released on DVD, streaming platforms - Chicago Sun-Times
Betty White ‘Pet Set’ series re-released on DVD, streaming platforms  Chicago Sun-Times

Pet owner livid after dog is left unrecognizable by groomer: 'You get what you pay for' - Yahoo News
Pet owner livid after dog is left unrecognizable by groomer: 'You get what you pay for'  Yahoo News

Happy National Love Your Pet Day! Help us celebrate by sharing a photo - KXLY Spokane
Happy National Love Your Pet Day! Help us celebrate by sharing a photo  KXLY Spokane

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Shop the most popular picks for your pet from Chewy  GMA

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