Fleas and your dog: symptoms and treatment

by Bronwyn Hall

It is almost certain that your dog will be affected by fleas at different points throughout their lifetime. It is totally common and generally easily treated. You can treat your dog for fleas at home or – if the condition is really bad – at the vet.



If your dog is sporting any of the following symptoms, it is possible that they have fleas:

Excessive scratching, licking or biting

Flea dirt

Hot spots (bare, red spots)

Hair loss

Using a good flea comb can also show up any infestations in your dog. If your dog has caught fleas there are a variety of flea treatments available. From flea collars, flea shampoos or spot-on treatments and tablets.


Your dog is most likely to contract fleas from outdoors and mixing with other dogs and cats. Of course, prevention is better – and easier – than cure. Maintaining a flea free home and pet can be helped by using correct products.

If fleas remain untreated, your dog can end up incredibly uncomfortable. They can also cause infections and allergic reactions. In severe cases your dog could end up suffering from anaemia as fleas feed on blood.


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