How Do Dogs Get Fleas And What To Do If That Happens 

Fleas are parasites that thrive on the blood of warm-blooded animals and cause discomfort due to their bites. They also cause diseases that can affect the overall health of your dog. These organisms can live in warm temperatures and high humidity, just like the weather we get in Asheville, North Carolina. This article gives insight into dog infestation and how to treat fleas. 

How Do Dogs Get Fleas? 

Fleas can easily jump from other animals to your dogs and start a new colony. That said, your beloved pup can become infected when in contact with feral animals and other domestic animals like cats. Other carriers include ferrets, rodents, skunks, raccoons, foxes, deer, squirrels, rabbits, etc. Also, a single flea in your home can become an infestation, and they can get access to your living space through wild mice, your shoes, or clothing. The dog park, kennels, yard, dog houses, etc., are also places where your dog can get an infestation. 

What Are The Signs Of A Dog Flea Infestation? 

The following are the telltale signs of a flea infestation: 

  • Hair loss
  • Scabs
  • Red and irritated skin
  • Scratching and itching
  • Dog biting and chewing at its skin 
  • Other complications include tapeworms, flea allergy dermatitis, and anemia. 

You can also search for fleas on your dog’s skin by combing their fur with a flea comb. The comb will pick up fleas and flea dirt to help you spot their activities on your dog. And when hiring dog walkers, it is advisable to choose experienced ones like those from Asheville Pet Care, who know how to monitor good hygiene and infestations.

How To Handle An Infestation On Your Dog

It’s important to visit your veterinarian immediately you discover that your dog has an infestation or developed complications such as flea allergy dermatitis. Your vet will then prescribe the best medication to control the symptoms, although you still need to eliminate the fleas in your home and your dog’s skin. Brushing your dog with a flea comb and washing them with soap and water can effectively eliminate the fleas on their body. Likewise, disinfecting your house will prove helpful, so keep this in mind. 

How To Prevent A Flea Infestation

You can prevent a flea infestation by:

  • Limiting the time your dog spends outside
  • Bathing and brushing them regularly
  • Checking their bodies for fleas regularly
  • Limiting contact with stray animals, etc.

Asheville Pet Care Team

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