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Protecting your dog from fleas

Dog advice: keeping fleas under control

If your dog can’t stop itching, it’s probably home to fleas

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Stop that scratching

Fleas are tiny parasites that love to feed on your dog’s blood – or the blood of other animals. The bite usually causes your pet to scratch, and it can lead to irritation and allergies. If fleas become established on your dog, it can lead to more serious health problems and you could end up with an infestation in your house. That can be very tricky to deal with!

The trouble with fleas

Although the itching caused by the flea bite is irritating, fleas can also bring with them a host of other health problems. In order to survive and breed they feed on blood, and though this blood loss is unlikely to be too troublesome for an older dog, it can be life-threatening for a puppy. Fleas can also carry tapeworms which can easily be passed to your dog.

How to check

When your dog is relaxed and comfortable, comb gently through its coat. You may see an actual flea, but you are more likely to find dark brown or black specks in your pet’s fur. This is dried blood resulting from flea bites. If you drop the specks onto damp kitchen paper and they turn red, you will know your dog has fleas.


The best way to keep fleas at bay is to treat your dog regularly with a good quality flea treatment. There are a number of different options, but not all of them may be suitable for your dog, so you should check with a Vets4Pets vet as we will be able to give you the most appropriate advice for your pet.