Most dog owners understand the threat of fleas, but many have a hard time identifying an infestation when it occurs. Since fleas are tiny, it can be difficult for you to recognize when there’s a problem. However, understanding the symptoms of a flea infestation is important, because these pesky insects cause serious health problems and a visit to the local vet:
Knowing Signs and Symptoms
- The two most common signs of a flea infestation are increased scratching and visible bites. Although dogs are always on the move, most dog owners notice frequent itching within a few days of infestation. You may also notice bites near your dog’s groin, tail base, stomach, or underside of the chin. Bites usually appear as small red bumps that look similar to mosquito bites on humans.
Checking Your Dog
- It’s a good idea to perform further checks before rushing your dog to a veterinarian. First, look for the fleas on your dog by inspecting the problem areas and searching for tiny brown insects. Since fleas are very quick and may not be visible if the infestation is mild, you can also use a pet grooming flea comb for thorough results.
Getting Rid of Fleas
- If your dog has fleas, it’s important to treat both your pet and your home. Before you choose treatment products, call your animal hospital, and speak with a veterinarian about the best methods for your pet and home. Depending on your individual situation, your veterinarian may recommend pet grooming, flea medication, a flea dip, sprays, or flea bombs.
- It’s important to remember that proper preventative care can lower the risk of your dog getting fleas. Call your local animal hospital to learn about the medication options for your pet.
If you’re concerned your dog has fleas or any other parasite, you should seek advice and care from a veterinarian. This is the best way to ensure your pet’s health. At Hudson Veterinary Hospital, we offer personalized pet care in our state-of-the-art facilities in Ossining, NY. Call us at (914) 502-2523 for more information.