If your dog has fleas, he may be constantly scratching and biting himself, especially along the back and around the base of the tail. Some individuals are actually allergic to the flea’s saliva and for these dogs, the bite of a single flea is enough to provoke a violent skin reaction. You may see the brownish-black fleas themselves, moving through your dog’s hair or you may notice the presence of dark specks of material – flea dirt (faeces) – in his coat. Your veterinarian will recommend a suitable de-fleaing agent and will advise you on an effective flea-eradication programme.

If you do find that your dog has fleas, it is essential to treat his environment as well, because fleas spend more of their life away from their host than on it. Remove all of the dog’s bedding and wash it well, along with the box or basket. Dusting powder in the blanket or box will help enormously. Don’t forget to vacuum thoroughly over the carpets, skirting boards, and furniture. You should also use an insecticidal powder or aerosol which has been designed for use in the environment. The residue is then vacuumed off several hours after application. Most of these products are not suitable for use directly on your dog.

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