Protect Your Dog from Fleas

Can Fleas Get My Pet Sick?

Our puppies rely on us to help them in their battle with fleas.

Even though having fleas is fairly commonplace, it is important to realize that fleas can be dangerous. Actually, as little as one bite can bring about flea-allergy dermatitis (FAD). Flea-Allergy Dermatitis is an eczematous skin disease of both dogs and cats. This dermatitis is an allergic reaction to the saliva that is injected into the skin from a flea bite. The symptoms of FAD include erythema (redness), papules (bumps), pustules (pus-filled bumps), and severe hair loss from scratching. The areas most affected by this condition are the head, neck, and tail areas because those are the areas fleas feel comfortable nesting.

If your dog is covered with a lot of fleas, he can also become anemic and even die. Because puppies have weaker immune systems, they are at even higher risks than grown dogs for these complications. Another problem posed by fleas is tapeworms. Tapeworms come from fleas and lice that carry tapeworm eggs and serve as intermediate hosts. So when a flea bites your dog and your dog bites the flea, he may very well have just ingested tapeworm eggs. If a human ingested a flea, this could happen too!

Prevention

Fleas are creatures with six legs and no wings. They are capable of getting your pet sick, but with the proper care they can disappear.

Adult fleas end up finding their way into your pet’s fur, but you can prevent this from ever happening by getting rid of flea eggs, larvae, and pupae. These immature forms of the adult flea can be found in the indoor and outdoor environments where your dog likes to hang out. If you can eliminate fleas from the start, you will be one step closer to having a flea-free pup.

For indoor environments, fleas are most likely to appear in the areas where your pet sleeps. Obviously, the easiest way to clean and get rid of fleas is through vacuuming. Vacuum the carpets, below the drapes, the car, and any place that your dog spends time at. It is estimated that vacuuming can eliminate as much as 50% of flea infestation! Another tip is to make your dog’s bed part of the normal laundry routine. By washing your pet’s bed on a weekly basis, you will significantly lower your pet’s chances of having fleas. The best types of detergent for getting rid of fleas are the cleaners that contain insect growth regulators. If indoor fleas have become extremely out of hand, then you may want to consider purchasing sprays, carpet powder, or even foggers. These products are sure to act as an atomic bomb to a flea world that just won’t go away.

Dogs that spend more time outdoors are more likely to encounter fleas. Of course, it is not great to keep your dog locked up inside all day just so he will never get any fleas. Instead, it is better to spray your porch and backyard areas with insecticides. In outdoor areas, fleas tend to be found in moist, warm, and shady areas. They are also VERY likely to be found in areas that are rich with organic debris.

If you have any further questions about fleas and flea control products, feel free to e-mail or call us at petstreetmall anytime. We love all animals and take pride in providing you with any information you may need.

By: Tim Snyder
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