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Fleas – the inevitable itch.

Diagnosing, treating and preventing fleas.

Why does my dog keep wriggling on his back? And scratching? Hang on, what’s that on my ankle?

Fleas are incredible little creatures. They can be stood on without coming to any harm, then leap a hundred times their own height. And their eggs can survive for years. Unfortunately they’re also the most common canine pest, cause severe itching and allergic reactions and can even pass on tapeworms. So how do you get rid of them and their eggs before you all become flea food?

Diagnosing dog fleas.

First, learn to spot the early signs. Get suspicious if he starts scratching constantly, has a dry skin, an allergic condition, or starts biting his rear end, tail or inner thigh. Examine his skin, especially near his tail, and his bed. If he’s infected, you’ll find little clusters of black specks. These are the fleas’ droppings. If you want to be sure, drop some into water. The blood in them will stain the water pink.

Treatment of dog fleas.

Because they’re such a common problem, there’s now a huge range of treatment options available at every price level, from simple herb supplements to flea collars and electronic and biological control. Your choice depends on how your dog reacts to the treatment, the degree of infestation, and what advice fellow dog owners can offer. Remember, don’t just treat your dog and his bed, the eggs could be all over your house. Relentless vacuuming – in every nook and cranny – is the only answer.

Preventing a dog flea infestation.

You can’t stop your dog from picking up a flea on his travels. But daily grooming is the best way to catch them early. Use a fine-tooth comb and drown any fleas in soapy water.

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