Fleas in the dog
Fleas are very common with the dog. Dogs usually have cat fleas with them. About 85% of the fleas in dogs and cats are cat fleas. Usually the owners do not realize that their dog carries fleas. Even heavy contamination can remain unnoticed! Some dogs develop a flea allergy and suffer from very bad itching. We see fleas most in the spring and summer, but in the colder months they can also survive indoors.
What are fleas now?
Fleas are small blood-sucking parasitic insects. We mainly find them on the cat and the dog, but people, rabbits and ferrets can also suffer from fleas. The flea is about 1-3 millimeters in size and has forces of jumping legs. A flea makes a complete transformation from beginning to end. The adult flea feeds by sucking blood, especially in mammals and birds. Then she puts hundreds of eggs in the coat. These eggs often roll off the coat and end up in the environment. Then they develop into larvae. The larvae have about the thickness of a hair and often look for the dark spots in the house. For example, there are popular places between the carpet or skirting boards. The larvae feed on the droppings of the adult flea. After 2-3 weeks, depending on the ambient temperature, the larvae pupate. These dolls can survive up to 1.5 years in the environment. Due to vibrations in the environment, a flea comes from the doll, the passant is jumped and the cycle starts again.
How does my dog ??get fleas?
Dogs are never actually infected by contact with other animals. A flea will never jump from one dog to the other dog, why should it? They become infected when they enter an environment with fleas. This can be in house (all year round) or outdoors in the warmer periods. For detailed information, see our page about the lifecycle of the flea.
What symptoms does a dog have with fleas?
The bite of the flea causes itching in the dog. The bite is painful and the saliva that the flea leaves behind to cause the blood to clot causes a lot of itching. We often see dogs and cats scratching and biting.
Some dogs develop a flea allergy. The itchiness is often more intense and they can bite themselves to bleeding or scratch open. One bite of a flea can then have dulling effects. This itching manifests itself especially at the tail base, the groin and the stomach. A flea allergy can lead to serious skin problems in dogs.
How do I know if my dog ??has fleas?
The flea itself is often easy to find with a flea comb. Flea sweets, however, even easier to find. They are small black grains in the coat that give a red color when they are put in the water. You can catch them with a flea comb.
How can I best treat my dog ??against fleas?
If your dog or cat suffers from fleas it is important to treat all dogs, cats and all other animals in the house and the environment. Only 5% of the fleas are on the dog. The remaining 95% of the contamination consists of eggs, larvae and pupae in the area. There are various products to treat your dog and the environment against fleas. Feel free to ask our veterinarians and assistants which resources you can use best.
How do I prevent my dog ??from getting fleas?
With fleas, the question is often not how to get there, but how do you get rid of it. A flea infestation in the home is very difficult to combat. The use of anti-flea products is therefore a sensible way to prevent this. There are various means that you can use for this. Feel free to inquire about the possibilities at one of our veterinarians or assistants. In the case of a flea infestation, long and consistent treatment will be required. In order to eliminate a flea infestation from the house, good flea treatment is often required for 6 months. You can best coordinate this in consultation with our veterinarians or assistants.