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How to tell if Fido has fleas
Flea infestations are one of the most common complaints vets across the nation get each year. With the warm weather finally here, the risk of your dog or cat getting a few extra friends goes way up. This is why it's important for pet parents to understand the signs of a flea infestation and ways to prevent them.
Signs of fleas
There are different signs of fleas you'll notice on your pet depending on how large or how long the fleas have been living off of your pup. If your dog has light or white coloring, you may be able to see fleas crawling through its fur and skin. It can be harder to see them if your dog is dark in color, unless the issue is full-blown. Many dogs are allergic to fleas' saliva, so a common symptom can be the development of hot spots or other skin issues. Your pooch may also be itching more frequently even if you regularly bathe it with soothing pet shampoo. Other dogs may suffer from a common hair loss pattern on both sides of their backs.
How to check for fleas
There are many ways to look for fleas, especially if you know the signs. If you notice your pooch is itchier or has developed a rash of some kind, you may want to invest in pet products like the Resco Pro-Series Flea Comb to look for fleas or "flea dirt" left behind on your dog's skin and coat. The flea dirt is unwanted adult and larval fleas and is typically the only sign that your pooch has an infestation.
Ways to help
If you notice signs of fleas on your dog, you should bring it to the vet's office so the vet can start the dog on a treatment plan. The vet will recommend starting the pup on flea and tick preventative pet drugs like Revolution, Frontline Plus or Pet Armor to keep infestations at bay. It may be best to use Revolution, as this product also works to prevent heartworm disease. All of these medications need to be given to your dog once a month and it's best to do it on the same day each month to ensure the medicine continues to work. You should keep
your dog on the treatment all year long, but it is crucial to do so in the warm months as this is when these parasites thrive.