What fleas look like in dogs: photos, the main signs of their presence, means of control and preventive measures

 What fleas look like in dogs: photos, the main signs of their presence, means of control and preventive measures

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What to do if a four-legged pet has fleas? What varieties are there and how to deal with them?

Unfortunately, no dog owner is immune to fleas from his beloved pet.

All sorts of tricks and the use of expensive drugs sooner or later lead to the adaptability of parasites and their next manifestation.

To get rid of fleas in dogs, you first need to identify their variety.

Short description

Fleas are wingless blood-sucking insects covered with a protective, keratinized shell, having a body shape flattened on both sides. Currently, there are more than 2300 species of fleas, but all insects that parasitize animals lead the same lifestyle, therefore, the ways of dealing with them are the same.

Flea bites, unfortunately, affect not only animals on which parasitic insects live. The person is also prone to bitesthat can cause a severe allergic reaction or dermatitis. If an infected animal lives in the house, then the nights can turn into hell not only for the animal, but me for the person.


Human... They are brown in color and reach sizes up to three millimeters in length. They differ from other varieties in their excessive jumping ability.

REFERENCE! They are not constantly on the human body, mainly only at the time of the bite, at other times these insects live and reproduce on pieces of furniture, carpets etc. Such parasites, as a rule, do not bite animals., preferring only human blood, while animal fleas, on the contrary, will not miss the opportunity to feast on humans.

Feline... Just like human fleas, they are brown, but much smaller in size. Feline parasites constantly live and reproduce on the animal, although humans can also be bitten.

Suction... In appearance, they are similar to other species of fleas, a distinctive feature is the same habitat. If feline or canine parasites are found throughout the animal's body, then a sucking flea chooses for itself a certain area on the pet's body, for example, ears.

Doggy... They have a flattened body, three pairs of legs, move freely around the dog, can jump and bite a person. Such parasites reproduce by larvae, which are deposited in the dog's hair. Average life expectancy is three years... One adult female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day, which are almost invisible in the animal's fur.

Learn about other types of these parasites: ground, grass, rat, chicken, parrots and hamsters.

What do fleas look like on a dog? A photo

Dog fleas, photo below:

Why did the domestic dog have fleas?

Bloodthirsty parasites can appear even in a domestic, clean, well-groomed dog. The pet can become infected by direct contact with a sick animal.

IMPORTANT! Fleas have the ability to jump at a distance of more than 30 centimeters, both in length and in height, so they can move to the skin of a pet even when animals sniff each other. An infected animal, shaking itself off, can throw off eggs or flea larvae from its fur anywhere.

Insect larvae can be anywhere: in foliage, on grass and even on bare ground and the dog can pick them up, just walking on a leash in the yard or in the park.

Larvae and flea eggs can stick to the soles of shoes and thus enter the house and then directly onto the animal. A previously ill animal after a course of treatment may re-become infected.

Signs of fleas in a dog:

  • visible bites on the skin;
  • the dog began to itch often;
  • premature molt;
  • hair loss in certain places of the skins;
  • accumulation of white larvae on wool;
  • uncharacteristic behavior for a dog (irritability, loss of appetite, allergies).

ATTENTION! Untimely treatment or failure to act in this situation can lead to more serious illnesses and infections. Typhoid fever, tick-borne encephalitis, tuberculosis, salmonellosis - this is an incomplete list of diseases provoked by fleas and can be easily transmitted to humans. The bites of such insects are quite painful. Fleas can carry on their body the larvae of various types of helminths susceptible to the human body.

How do they reproduce?

Flea breeding directly depends on their habitat... The average body temperature of a dog varies from 37 to 39 ° С, and fleas, in turn, are heat-loving insects. Reproduction can take place on the animal itself or in some other secluded place: in upholstered furniture, on carpets, etc.

After laying eggs, the adult continues to parasitize on the animal, and the egg begins to develop into a larva, after which the larva becomes a pupa, and then transforms into a flea. The pupa is protected by a stable shell and is able to live inside without feeding for almost a year.

Often after full anti-flea treatment (drops, shampoos, collars) recurrence of these insects can be detected - this is just the case when the pupa has been in a protective shell for several weeks or months, and then transformed into a flea.

Being on the body of an animal, a flea can feed every day, while there is no suitable prey, a bloodsucker can go without food for up to two weeks.

We recommend looking at excellent flea remedies for Bars dogs and effective Kiltix collars.

Why are fleas dangerous in puppies 1 - 2 months old?

For small puppies, flea bites are much more dangerous than for matured adult dogs. Toddlers have not yet developed an immune system and the causative agents of various infections in percentage terms are much higher and more dangerous.

Flea saliva enzymes can cause severe allergic reactions in the puppy and subsequent infection with worms.

Due to the helminthic invasion, the puppies' stool is disturbed, the coat grows dull, the eyes are watery, and the body can be exhausted.

The treatment of the puppy should never be postponed. after all, untimely treatment can form anemia in an organism that has not yet matured, with subsequent disastrous consequences.

Infected with fleas, the puppy can be from the mother or during the first walks down the street.

REFERENCE! Treatment of small puppies due to the fact that the body has not yet been formed is more complex and requires a separate approach. The younger the puppy, the more difficult it is to find the right product. Parasite bites cause discomfort in adult dogs, while babies can be so painful that puppies often whine when bitten.

Fleas in animals are a big nuisance. Timely treatment and prevention of canine infestation using proven variety of means suitable for your beloved four-legged friend will help prevent or get rid of disease-causing parasites.

Watch the video: Guide to Flea and Tick Medication - Ask A Vet (July 2022).


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