In this article, we will be taking a look at how to tell if your dog has fleas or not. These quick and easy checks can be done by anyone in the comfort of their own home without the need for any specialist equipment. Sometimes your dog may just have dry skin or dirt in their fur but knowing if it is a flea infestation or not helps you get ahead of the problem as quickly as possible.
We have seen a steadily increasing number of people asking similar questions to this so we decided to research the topic and publish this article in an attempt to help as many of our readers as possible.
How To Tell If Your Dog Has Fleas
We have a number of quick and easy checks and observations that you can do on your dog if you suspect that it may have a flea infestation.
You will know your dog’s regular behavior better than anyone and be best placed to notice any obvious changed. Due to the irritation caused by a flea infestation, a dog will usually display a number of changes to its regular behavior.
For example, it may scratch itself more often or in more severe cases it may even lick, chew or bite parts of its body in an attempt to relieve the irritation. Due to a dog’s ears being a prime eating spot for fleas, your dog may begin to suddenly shake its head violently in an attempt to stop the sharp biting of the fleas.
If you notice one or more of these behavioral changes in your dog then it may be safe to assume that your dog has fleas.
Visible Fleas On Your Dog
Depending on the color of your dog’s fur, this one can either be extremely easy or extremely difficult to use. That said, there are still a few things that you can use to your advantage if your dog has a darker shade of fur.
Start by checking your dog’s ears for fleas, as mentioned earlier, the ears are a favorite feeding spot for fleas. The thinner fur on most breeds of dogs ears also makes it easier to check no matter what shade your dog is. Similarly, your dog’s belly usually has thinner fur in comparison to its back making it another ideal spot to check.
You can invest in a flea comb to help you check the other areas of your dog no matter what shade of fur it has. Ideal areas to comb would be the areas with thicker fur where fleas may seek refuge such as the base of its tail, back, and top of its legs.
Visible Flea Bites
The next way to check if your dog has fleas or not is to check for actual flea bites, they usually aren’t hard to spot due to the swelling and redness. Key spots to check on your dog are its ears, stomach, and lower legs.
Check Your House
Fleas will rarely just stay on your dog. If you suspect that your dog does have fleas then check its bed, its favorite spot to lounge around and any other places in your home where your dog may spend its time.
Get A Check Up From Your Local Veterinarian
Failing all of the above, you can also take your dog to your local veterinarian as a last resort. A full checkup with your veterinarian will be able to tell you exactly whats going on. They will also be able to prescribe the best possible medication in their expert opinion.