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Hartz Mountain Infographic - How to Check Your Dog for Fleas


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Fleas are parasitic pests that can make your dog’s life miserable with the constant need to scratch itchy flea bites, which can then lead to inflammation and infection. Preventing an infestation or getting rid of these tiny —less than 1/8-inch long — dark brown terrors takes diligence and attention to detail.

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Hartz Mountain Infographic - How to Check Your Dog for Fleas

  1. 1. Look for tiny black or brown irregularpieces of dirt. This may actually beflea dirt which consists of dried bloodand flea excrement.Does Your Dog Have Fleas?Fleas?Source GUARD®Fleas can’t survive in freezing temperatures,so winter naturally decreases the flea population.In colder climates, fleas are most abundant during the fall.In warmer climates, flea control can require constant vigilance.To search for fleas, separate the hairs aroundthe base of the tail, along the backs of the legs,on the stomach, and around the neck and ears.To test whether it’s flea dirt or regular dirt smearsome on a damp paper towel. If the smear isreddish brown, it is most likely from fleas.To detect fleas or flea dirt, have your doglie on a clean white sheet or towel whileyou brush. Some fleas will jump off the dogand onto the underlying surface, so evenif you don’t see the fleas themselves,you can easily spot flea dirt on thewhite sheet or towel.You don’t have to see a live flea in order for your dog to be infested.Even one flea on your dog means there are at least twentymore in one form or another (eggs, larvae, or adults). Theseinsects are living on your dog, in the carpet, where yourdog sleeps, and around your house and yard.