Different Signs Your Dog Has Fleas
Fleas are most certainly irritating, but signs of their infestation are not always so obvious, especially if you are dealing with the issue for the first time. We would like to make you focus on life cycle of flea- when an adult female flea lands on a dog, she feeds on the dog’s blood and lays her eggs (up to 50 per day!) in the fur. The flea eggs eventually fall to the ground, where they go through several developmental stages to mature into adults. These new adult fleas find a host and the cycle repeats itself. Here are few things veterinarians recommend watching out for – even if you don’t think fleas could possibly get into your home.
ABNORMAL SCRATCHES, LICKING AND BITING
Fleas are opportunistic arthropods that seek out our pets’ blood as a food source. Once fleas get on your pet by jumping or crawling, they typically set up their habitat in hard to reach places, like the head, neck and tail. Licking, biting, or scratching at these places usually indicates the presence of nagging parasites like fleas.
UNUSUAL RED PATCHED OF SKIN
Flea bite saliva can also be allergenic for some dogs and cats. These allergic reactions need not be exclusive to the bitten body part either. Flea bite hypersensitivity can cause rashes or lesions anywhere on the body.
Hair loss, can be due to several things, including a reaction to flea bites. Dogs or cats may also pull out some of its own hair due to the constant scratching, biting or licking of the flea bite areas. Common areas of hair loss include the lower back, tail, head and inner thighs. The pattern and severity of the hair loss is essential for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Pale gums is a common sign of anemia and can be an indication your pet has a serious case of flea infestation. This is because the amount of new red blood cells produced by your pet is not sufficient enough to combat the loss of blood fleas are extracting from the animal.
Does your dog seems nervous or annoyed? Is he constantly stepping without being able to get convenient? The regular itchiness and soreness from flea bites can cause dogs restless.