(PET CARE/DOGS) Dog and cat fleas can certainly be a nuisance, but if left untreated, they can also result in serious illness. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to prevent and treat dog fleas quickly and efficiently.

Read on for more information on dog fleas and see which methods of treatment and prevention work best for you. — Global Animal

A single flea can lay as many as 60 eggs per day and the adult flea lives about 3 months, but sometimes much longer. Photo Credit: LOLren/Flickr

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If you have noticed your beloved dog itching, scratching, and biting his or herself incessantly, it can certainly be a cause of concern. The case might be particularly serious if he or she has started to lose patches of hair and develop painful sores. With these symptoms, it is easy to tell that a dog has been suffering from a bad case of fleas. Therefore, it is important to know exactly how to help your pet, as there are many different ways to get rid of fleas on dogs.

What are Fleas?

Fleas are external parasites and are very different from parasites found inside the body like heart worms and tape worms. Fleas are typically round or oval in shape with tiny legs. These parasites cling to the dog’s body to feed off their blood.

If you observe your pet dog constantly scratching, you should brush through their fur and carefully inspect for any fleas. At times, it can be easier to feel for fleas using your hands. You should pay special attention to certain areas such as the neck, legs, groin, and base of their tails.The moment you feel a lump, simply part through their hair and you will most likely find a flea clinging to your pet’s skin.In some cases, you are even likely to see fleas fall from your dog’s coat when brushing through the fur. But if you find the slightest possibility of a major flea infestation, it is time to take action.

What to Do?

Many pet guardians wonder why they find fleas despite grooming their dogs frequently. However, dogs are likely to contract these fleas in many ways such as during a walk or from other dogs they have met outside.

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Firstly, you must ensure a neat and clean environment for your pet to roam around. The same goes with their crates and beds.

In addition, it is crucial to maintain your pet’s hygiene with a regular grooming regime. It can be helpful to try out some of the dog flea products available on the market such as spray, flea collars, and shampoo. These products can also serve an integral part of your pet grooming regimen, but make sure to follow the instructions carefully for the best results.

Taking your pet to a licensed veterinarian for regular checkups is another way to keep an eye on flea infestations.

The Dog Help Network has provided an informative website on dog fleas that offers the best tips on preventing and treating flea infestations.

Check out their official information hub on fleas on dogs at http://www.dogfleashelp.com/