As temperatures fluctuate between medium and low degrees, dog owners become lulled into a false sense of security. Watch out, when the weather heats up fleas attack.
Scratching, Scratching Everywhere With No Relief In Sight!
Jennifer Kvamme, DVM with petMD.com shares, “Fleas are very active insects, feeding on blood from dogs and people. They jump onto passing animals and burrow down into the fur to the skin, where they stay well hidden while biting and ingesting blood. This is irritating to the animal, and to humans as well, as the bites can cause severe itching and inflammation.”
About five to six weeks after the weather begins heating up, fleas attack with a vengeance. But how do you know if it is fleas causing your biggest dog to scratch and whimper in pain? The dreaded black specks, better known as flea dirt. Yes, it is their feces –Yuk!
Here are a couple of things to do to find out if flea dirt is present on your pooch. First, purchase a flea comb from your local pet supply (metal ones work the best) and rake it across your dog’s fur.
Be sure to go through the hair all the way down to the skin. If black specks are present, your dog may have fleas. If you see fleas, place them in a bowl of hot soapy water before they have the chance to jump off the comb and onto another potential host.
Another test you can perform requires a white paper towel. Place the paper towel under your pup and rub your hands over its coat vigorously. If black specks fall onto the paper towel, chances are he has fleas.
How Do Dogs Feel When Fleas Attack?
This expression says it all!
Dogs hate fleas.
When flea infestation occurs, it makes your precious pup very uncomfortable. They show signs of being nervous and they scratch almost uncontrollably.
Another noticeable reaction you see when fleas attack dogs is the continuous shaking of his head. The too familiar sound of flapping ears is a cry for help, click here what you can do about it.
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