Dog Fleas Symptoms
There are many signs that your dog may be suffering from fleas, some more obvious than others. If the initial symptoms are not treated promptly, more serious issues such as damaged skin and hairloss can occur.
- Noticeable “flea dirt” in coat
- Dry skin
- Biting and scratching at skin
- Scabs, pimples or lesions
- Nervous or agitated behaviour
- Loss of hair
- Pale gums
It is possible to see fleas with the naked eye. By checking the thinly haired areas of your dog, you should be able to spot small brown fleas if they are present. Using a flea comb can help unearth fleas too, make sure to apply enough pressure so that the comb will make contact with your dogs skin. You will also be likely to see ‘flea dirt’ which is actually flea feces and looks like small specks of black pepper. If you stand your dog on a white towel and give them a brush, you should notice these black specks on the towel. If after these tests, you don’t find any evidence of fleas but your dog continues to show symptoms, we recommend consulting your vet. Your dog may suffering from a different type of allergy.
Can Dog Fleas Live on Humans?
This a commonly asked question about fleas and the answer is yes, fleas can live on humans. They prefer animals so are only likely to jump onto a human as a last resort. They more commonly jump onto a human as a way of transporting themselves as they can’t fly or travel long distances easily. Fleas pose no immediate danger to humans but can cause an allergic reaction – you want to get rid of them as soon as you can! Spraying your home with Flea Guard and washing your clothes after treating your pets for fleas is recommended.
How to get Rid of Dog Fleas
There are many ways to treat your dog for fleas and we’ll outline some specific products that are designed specifically to treat fleas on dogs. Simple things like washing your dog’s bedding frequently and keeping the floors in your house clean and vacuumed can be vital to stop the spreading of fleas. We also recommend using a specialist flea comb and using a flea shampoo to wash your dog frequently as a preventative as well as a treatment.
Best Dog Flea Treatment
A dog flea treatment product needs to contain two ingredients, one that will kill adult fleas and one that will stop the development of eggs and larvae. Flea eggs can last for months before hatching so it’s important to continue treatment and re-treat regularly to get rid of fleas for good, even if the initial symptoms are no longer appearing. It’s also important to treat all pets in the household, even if they are not showing symptoms of fleas. Some dogs may not show the symptoms as much as others but may still have the eggs lurking in their fur.
Flea Treatment for House
It is important to not just treat your dog when it comes to fleas, but to treat the whole house. Flea eggs, larvae and pupae may have spread across your home ready to re-infect your dog after treatment. This is why it is vital to vacuum a household with pets regularly and pay particular attention to your pet’s favourite spots. Washing your dog’s blankets and bedding frequently will also help to stop the spreading of fleas. Keeping up with these household tasks can act as a preventative to stop fleas in the first place but are even more vital once fleas have been found. We also highly recommend investing in a Flea Spray which will kill fleas on household objects.
Best Dog Flea Treatment Products
Here are some of the products we recommend for treating and preventing fleas in dogs, including sprays for the house, combs, shampoos and spot on treatments:
One product we really recommend to help with household fleas is Johnson’s Home Flea Guard which is a spray to kill fleas on carpets, bedding and soft furnishings. The spray is long lasting and will keep your home protected for several weeks – it even kills other problematic insects like ants, cockroaches and flies.
We also recommend having a Flea Comb handy around the house. Johnson’s grooming and flea comb can be used on dogs, cats and other small animals to groom and remove fleas, lice, eggs, scurf etc. It’s the first step to take when fleas are suspected and it also comes with a free flea test paper to help you diagnose fleas on your pets.
If fleas are spotted on your dog, we recommend getting some Johnson’s Flea Shampoo as soon as possible! It’s specially formulated with insecticidal properties to get rid of fleas, eggs and larvae. It is suitable for all dogs over 12 weeks of age and will have your dog feeling great as well as looking great.
Frontline Spot On is the quickest and most efficient dog flea treatment. It involves applying the liquid onto the skin between your dog’s shoulder blades and will kill fleas on your pet within 24 hours. You can also continue to apply Spot On monthly to prevent re-infestation of fleas. There are multiple variants of Frontline for different size dogs so make sure you choose the right one.
There are many more dog flea treatment products that we stock in our stores and online. If you need more help or information about any of the products or topics discussed here, you can give us a ring on 01492 542662 and we’ll be happy to help!