It’s something that every pet owner dreads. That tell-tale scratching from your pooch that might mean your beloved pet has somehow gotten fleas. They are tiny, annoying, and hard to spot — plus they can actually be dangerous to your dog if ignore the problem and leave it untreated (please don’t do that).
The good news is that fleas can be easy to detect, if you know what to look for, and also easy to treat with a variety of medications or external sprays/shampoos. This article will give you a bunch of tips on how to check your dog for fleas, and a few options for getting rid of the problem if your unlucky pet does end up infested.
1. Small Bite Marks
Let’s start with the obvious. Fleas are tiny parasites that literally feed on your dog. That means they leave very obvious bite marks, but only if you’re looking closely. You’ll have to spread apart your dog’s fur (which is trickier on dogs with longer hair), and check for small red bit marks. The most common place to find them is around your dog’s neck, although they could be in many other places too.
You can also check your own skin for small red bite marks, since fleas are more than happy to bite humans too. If your dog sleeps in your bed, chills on your couch, or is generally a fan a snuggling up to you, the signs of fleas could be found on you too.