How do I find fleas?
If you do not see fleas, it does not mean that your pet is free of fleas... They can be very hard to find and see. Because of the ability of fleas to breed fast, flea infestations of pets can become very severe in a very short period of time. To prevent such situation, the use of a frequent parasiticide treatment is recommended and is the best way to protect your pet. Beside the irritation by biting, fleas can transmit dangerous diseases to your pet and to your family!
Here are some tips to increase your chances to find these disgusting parasites on your animal:
- The location to search for
Look at the head, the back and lower abdomen of you pet. Fleas are tiny brown insects that move fast, usually at skin level between hairs. If possible, look at the root hair and if you see any black dots: they are flea dejections!
- The use of a flea comb
Brush your pet during a few minutes, then tap the comb on a white paper towel. Add a few drops of water. Mash a bit the paper. If you see some brown areas around the hair, it means that your pet has got fleas. You can also spot fleas in the comb! Just be ready with a jar and soap water to immerge your comb and to prevent the fleas from escaping.
- Your pet's behaviour and skin condition
If your pet itches, if you see red areas, scab, irritations, your pet can have a flea allergy dermatitis. Make an appointment with your vet. The regular administration of a parasiticide treatment is key.