How To Treat Your Dog For Fleas

What Are Fleas?

Fleas are tiny, jumping pests (they can jump 100 times their height!) 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 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 them in your dog’s coat but this can sometimes be difficult especially on long-haired dogs. Another way to tell 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.


How Do I Protect My Dog For Fleas And Worms?

Adult fleas will continue to reproduce on your dog and in your home until you intervene. FleaScreen Combo is an ideal way to protect your dog against fleas, ticks and lice. It kills fleas quickly and prevents flea eggs from hatching, therefore breaking the flea life cycle in several places for effective flea extermination!


FleaScreen Combo is a super simple ‘spot-on’ application which then distributes through the natural oils in your dog’s skin and kills fleas for up to 8 weeks. We also stock WormScreen tablets which treat infections from tapeworms. 


Make sure all dogs in the household are treated and wash your dog’s bed and any coats thoroughly after application. Regularly vacuum carpets and furniture, particularly dark areas where flea larvae love to migrate and think about investing in a household flea spray too.