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Fleas on Dogs

If your dog is scratching, you should check for fleas as well as tapeworms (from accidentally eating fleas that carry tapeworm eggs). In puppies, it can cause anemia and can cause death within a few hours—press upper gum, if it stays white rather than returning to pink your puppy may have anemia, act quickly. While there are cat and dog fleas, the cat flea is found more commonly in the US among dogs, cats and people, while the dog flea is found primarily in Europe. When the temperature is 65 and the humidity is 75 , fleas are in season.  While tiny, you can see them or “flea  dirt” which looks like dark specks.

Unfortunately, if your dog has fleas, it is likely that you may have fleas as well in your home or yard.  You will need to remove them from all areas.  There are prescription products for your pet that control the hatching of the eggs which can be effective but you will also need to address your home and yard (if you have a lot of fleas).  Ask your vet what they recommend especially if your dog is pregnant, nursing or is a puppy under 10 weeks.

There are four stages of  fleas: eggs, larvae, pupae and adults and the total of these stages last 14 to 75 days. They can live for a year as fully formed larvae until conditions are right for them to emerge (heat, vibrations and exhaled carbon dioxide). Adult fleas, that live 4-25 days, require fresh blood to produce eggs and that is when they live on your pet (and maybe you).

  
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Flea Products - Don't Use Dog Products on Cats!
LocalPetHealth.com - Comparison of Flea, Tick, Mite and Worm Products
Caution: Do NOT use dog products on cats or vice versa—can be toxic.
 

Product
Fleas
Mites
Ticks
Worms
Symptom
Itching, Hair Loss
(must kill eggs and
adult fleas)
Brown Discharge-Ear
Ear Inflammation/Red
(Sarcoptic mites-mange)
Hair Loss
Severe Itching
Lyme carrying ticks are extremely small-symptoms- legs/joints/walking issues, fatigue.
Vet has test and there are vaccines.
Heartworm-mosquito bite-
coughing, tired, not eating
Revolution – cats & dogs
Yes – Adults & Eggs
Yes
Yes
Yes - Heartworm Prevention
Frontline Plus
Yes – Adults & Eggs
Sarcoptic mites
Yes - Four major disease causing ticks
No
K9 Advantix**
Yes – Adults & Larvae
No
Yes
No
HeartGuard
No
No
No
Heartworm, Hookworm,
Roundworm
Program
Only Flea eggs
No
No
No
Capstar
Only Adult fleas
No
No
No

              *Dogs and cats 4-8 weeks or older and not for sick, weak or underweight pets (check directions)

             **Also kills 100% of chewing lice within one week and lasts for a full month; repels biting flies

  
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