Flea, Tick & Worm Treatment For Dogs
What Are Fleas?
Fleas are tiny, jumping pests (they can jump 150 times their height which is the equivalent to us leaping over skyscrapers!) that live off the blood of animals, they can be found on dogs, cats, rodents, rabbits, foxes and hedgehogs.
How Do Dogs Catch Fleas?
Dogs can catch fleas through contact with other animals, from your home if you’ve brought them in on your clothes or shoes or if your dog comes into contact with fleas in the garden or out on walks. They are, unfortunately, unavoidable.
Are Fleas Dangerous To Dogs?
Keeping your dog, you and your home safe from fleas is a vital part of caring for your dog as flea bites can lead to skin irritation, dermatitis or anaemia. Some fleas also carry tapeworm eggs and if a carrier flea is ingested by your dog, the larvae can settle in your dog’s small intestine where it can hatch and develop into an adult.
How Do I Know If My Dog Has Fleas?
If your dog has a flea infestation they’ll most likely be itching and scratching more than usual, this is caused by an allergic reaction to the fleas’ saliva when it bites your dog’s skin. Also look out for any red bumps around their bellies, groin, under their legs, or the base of their tail.
You can also try and spot the fleas in your dog’s coat but this can sometimes be difficult especially on long-haired dogs. Our hack is to have your dog stand on a white towel or sheet, give them a good brush and check the sheet for any flea droppings - they look like tiny grains of sand and turn red if you pop some water on them.
Your dog's behaviour may also change, they might seem down, quiet or a little 'off'.
How Do I Protect My Dog For Fleas, Ticks And Worms?
Adult fleas will continue to reproduce on your dog and in your home until you intervene - try some of our best-selling flea, tick and worm treatments for dogs.