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Fleas in Dogs

Definition of Flea Infestation

Fleas are tiny, flat, wingless, blood-sucking insects that are an annoyance to people and pets alike. They also can carry and transmit serious diseases and are the leading cause of skin problems in domestic dogs. Although they can’t fly, fleas have powerful rear legs and can jump to extraordinary lengths. There are many types of fleas, all of which reproduce rapidly and profusely. Different species gravitate toward different hosts. However, if they are hungry enough, fleas will feast on almost any animal. Despite its name, the ordinary cat flea is by far the most common flea that bothers companion dogs. Dogs become infested if they live in warm, damp climates where good flea prevention isn’t followed. Dogs can also get fleas by having contact with other animals that have a flea problem. Fortunately, there are many things that dog owners can do to keep fleas under control.

Causes and Prevention of Fleas in Dogs

Dogs become infested with fleas when they live in an area that is conducive to the flea life cycle, and when appropriate flea preventative steps are not taken. Fleas thrive in warm, damp climates. An average temperature in the range of 70 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, in a moist environment, is optimal for these parasites. From a flea’s perspective, the hotter and damper, the better. Accordingly, dogs living in hot, humid areas tend to develop

Symptoms of Fleas in Dogs

Fleas are more than just annoying insects. They are the leading cause of itchiness (pruritis), scratching and skin irritation in companion dogs. Fleas cause some degree of irritation simply by crawling around on a dog’s skin. Inevitably, once they settle on a host, they quickly begin to dine. Fleas survive by biting into their host’s skin and feeding on its blood. Some dogs have fairly mild reactions to flea bites. Others, however – especially young

Types of Fleas | Cat Flea

The cat flea is the most common ectoparasite of both dogs and cats in the United States and has been found on over a dozen other animals. While it does serve as the intermediate host of some tapeworms, its main effect is the itching and irritation produced by its bite (along with flea allergy dermatitis in susceptible animals).Cat fleas are laterally-flattened, wingless insects approximately one-eighth inch long when engorged (double their unfed size). Under magnification

Types of Fleas | Sticktight Flea

The sticktight flea is an occasional pest of dogs and cats, as well as of chickens and other birds. Poultry sometimes have clusters of these fleas around the eyes, comb, wattles, and other bare spots. These dark-brown fleas have their heads embedded in the host's flesh and cannot be brushed off. Sticktight fleas are commonly a problem on dogs which have contact with barnyard fowl. Typically, on dogs and cats, the sticktight fleas will be

Treatment and Prognosis for Fleas in Dogs

While prevention is the best cure for fleas, quick treatment of flea-related medical conditions is the next best thing. There are many ways to control flea populations. The affected dog and all other animals in the household should be treated. A flea comb can be used to remove fleas, especially from short-haired dogs and cats. The fleas should be killed immediately; this can be accomplished by putting them into a sealable container with a bit

Treating Fleas in Dogs Organically

Organic treatment options for fleas on dogs include dietary supplements, applying essential oils on the dog’s fur, and eliminating the fleas from the dog’s environment. Pet owners who wish to use organic treatments for fleas on their dog need to realize that these treatment options require plenty of commitment and diligence.Dietary supplements in the dog’s diet may help to repel fleas away from the dog if they are present in the dog’s environment. These supplements

Eliminating Fleas from Your Home

Methods used to eradicate fleas from your home depend on the severity of the infestation. Prescription topical treatments placed on the dog’s skin, professional pesticide services, and cleaning the dog’s environment may all be used to eradicate fleas.Prescription topical treatments such as Frontline and Advantage are highly effective at removing all fleas from the dog’s environment in a short amount of time. As soon as a flea lands on the dog it dies, or fleas

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