Fleas are pests that thrive on the blood of pets like dogs and cats. Flea infestation is one of the biggest concerns in majority of the households with pets, since it poses a threat for both the pet and their owners. With an abnormally high reproduction rate, fleas can multiply very quickly in temperate climates with moist and warm environment, and can infiltrate into your home environment, making it unsuitable for you and your pet to live properly. So, you should be aware of the all basic fleas on dogs symptoms, so that you can take precautionary measures and remedial actions as soon as possible to contain contamination.
There are certain obvious fleas on dogs symptoms that you need to look for. But you have to be observant enough, since certain flea infestation symptoms are not so obvious, and pet owners tend to overlook it. Since there are two thousand different species of fleas, all of them do not portray similar symptoms. Each one of them is capable of transmitting vast varieties of diseases.
The most vibrant, and perhaps notable of all fleas on dogs symptoms, would be severe itching. Dogs react differently when they carry fleas. They start scratching intensely. Constant scratching in areas like back, tail, head etc. are clear indication of presence of fleas on dogs. These are the regions where the fleas are concentrated. Due to vigorous scratching and flea bites, inflammable red lumps can develop on the skin of the dogs. Minute, red sores can also develop throughout the body of the dog. Other prominent evidence of flea infestation can be found on the body of the dog. By carefully observing, you can detect these annoying insects wrangling on the fur of your dog. They can be also be found while careful combing of your pet’s fur. They are generally very small in size, black in color.
You can also notice the presence of flea feces and dirt on your dog’s skin. Flea dirt or feces are typically small, black or dark brown specs, and are primarily composed of flea debris and dried blood. Another way to detect presence of flea on your dogs is by careful observation of the places where your dogs spend the maximum time. One can be sure of flea infestation by finding flea dirt and feces on floors, or household furniture, or your dog’s beddings.
Certain breeds of dogs are allergic to the saliva of fleas, and hence develop flea allergy dermatitis. The general symptoms pertaining to this condition is similar to those exhibited by non-allergic canines, but somewhat more pronounced. Incessant scratching and biting will become compulsive, leading to bald spots or even hair loss. The skin of your dog can become hypersensitive, developing hot spots and infections. Also, the skin can become smelly. Another major symptom signifying presence of fleas on dogs is the occurrence of tapeworms in your dogs. If you notice small, whitish segments of egg around the dog’s anal area, or minute, dried segments of eggs in your dog’s bedding, a flea infestation is confirmed.