Friday, July 12, 2013

Tips on How to Spot Fleas & Ticks on Your Dogs

During the summer months, your beloved pups are more prone to getting fleas and ticks on their bodies. These insects feed on the blood of your mutts and may cause several health problems ranging from allergic reactions to tapeworm infections to other serious tick-driven illnesses.

Here are some tips as to how you can spot fleas and ticks on your dogs:
  • Look through your dogs' fur and see if you can spot any small black specks. If there are a lot more than just a random few, they may be flea droppings.
  • If you see small little white specks around the same areas as the flea droppings, those could be flea eggs nestled in your dogs hair. 
  • You may notice your dog is scratching or licking its body excessively. If this is happening, keep and eye out for other flea/tick symptoms.
  • You may also want to keep an eye out for more than normal scabbing or hot spots on your dogs' skin.
  • If you and your family members are getting excessive bug bits on your feet and legs, this is definitely a huge warning sign that you may have fleas and ticks in your house. 
To learn how to safely and surely get rid of fleas and ticks in your house and on your dogs, consult your trusted vet.

Keeping your mutts happy, healthy, and hearty!

1 comment:

  1. Eggs do not stay lodged in the hair coat for long. They fall off the coat into the pet's environment. If you suspect you have a flea infestation but can't find any fleas or feces, use a flea comb and be sure to check around the ears, inguinal area and tail head. In addition, bug [bits] sic can be from other insects encountered in the house and the yard, not only fleas.