Here’s how to check your pet for those filthy fleas…
- Step 1 – Have your pet stand over a white countertop, bed sheet or piece of paper.
- Step 2 – Using a flea comb, comb your pet from head to tail and examine the fur and exposed skin as you work. Pay particular attention to the back of the neck, the base of the tail and the insides of the legs and armpits. These are favorite hiding spots for fleas.
- Step 3 – Examine the flea comb. Look for evidence of fleas. This may include jumping fleas themselves or flea poop and eggs, which look like salt and pepper.
- Step 4 – Shake the dirt from the comb and her fur onto the white sheet so you can see the black specks. To distinguish normal dirt from flea feces, sprinkle a little water over the specks. If it’s flea dirt, the black specks will turn reddish-brown. That’s because it is actually flea droppings, which is digested blood.
- Step 5 – Look for small, irritated red spots on the skin that can indicate bites. These can occur anywhere but are most common in warmer areas of the body.
- Step 6 – Scratching can be a sign there are fleas on your pet. However, itching and scratching alone is NOT a sign and may indicate other conditions that need your attention.
Next time we’ll show you how to check of those terrible ticks.
If you find fleas, then don’t hesitate to call us.
Of course, you can prevent this from happening with the proper preventative medication. Throughout March you are invited to visit us for a free Flea & Tick consult where we can discuss the best flea & tick prevention for your pet.