Fleas On Your Dog: Tiny Parasites That Can Cause Big Problems

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16 Responses

  1. Peyton says:

    Great article. I use the Bayer Advantage product for my cats and it seems to work ok. I didn’t realize how dangerous fleas were. I just thought they were a nuisance.

  2. Thanks, Peyton. I am glad that you enjoyed my post.

  3. Ali Isaac says:

    I have used both Frontline and Advantage on my dog Indi and found both to be excellent. Great article, Rachele, informative and very thorough.

  4. Thanks for sharing, Ali.

  5. Golden Daily Scoop says:

    This is great information. Miley is allergic to fleas, she had an episode a few years ago and it was awful. 🙁 Thanks for sharing!

  6. Thank you, Golden Daily Scoop. I’m sorry that Miley had an episode of flea allergy dermatitis. As a veterinarian, I frequently see dogs suffering from severe itching and secondary skin infections due to flea infestations. That is why I am such a strong proponent of regular, consistent use of high quality, reputable flea control products for dogs.

  7. I’ve always wondered if there was a connection between Haley having a major flea infestation when we adopted her as a puppy and her allergy problems now. Her allergies seem to be seasonal or environmental type allergies, but I’ve always wondered if having all those fleas and flea bites as a puppy triggered something in her immune system.

  8. That’s a very thought-provoking comment, ChasingDogTales. Although it is not common for flea allergy dermatitis to occur in puppies less than six months old, it is possible for flea allergies to develop at any age. And it is not unusual for dogs with flea allergies to also develop allergies to environmental allergens (atopy).

  9. kailash mehendiratta says:

    Nice article with good topic. I have GSD dogs. I am using dermatitics earth powder as I have been told that it is smooth on the skin, but the problem is that it does not eradicate ticks. I have to keep checking my dogs manually. Any solution, please?

  10. Hi Kailash. I assume that you mean “diatomaceous earth” powder? Although it is a very good idea to manually check your dogs for ticks whenever they have possible exposure, it is possible to miss one or more ticks with this method. I recommend using one of the good quality, reputable, flea and tick control products that I have described in my page entitled Flea And Tick Control Products For Dogs.

  11. Cathy Armato says:

    Excellent information here! Fleas are so much more than just annoying. It’s very important to use flea protection on pets! The flea life cycle is relentless!

  12. Good points, Cathy. I always explain to pet parents that for every one flea that they see on their pet, there are hundreds of fleas and immature stages in their house and yard. Consistent use of flea control products for all dogs and cats in the household will kills the fleas on the pets, break the flea life cycle, and eventually rid the house and yard of fleas and immature stages.

  13. Emmadog says:

    We hear a lot about fleas, but thankfully have never had them. We are protected, but nothing is 100%. Hopefully we will never experience a flea infestation. Great informative post.

  14. Lots of great info! Fleas are the worst. I’m so glad they have such good flea products now – I remember as a kid our dog got fleas (that was back in the days of just those flea collars and having to do the “bombs” to get rid of them). I was really allergic to the bites as a kid and it was NO fun.

  15. Thanks for sharing, Pooch Smooches!