Infestation Prevention: How Do Dogs Get Fleas?

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Infestation Prevention: How Do Dogs Get Fleas?

Daphne Mallory · Dec 16, 2010

Fleas are a kind of insect that sticks onto and sucks blood from people and animals, including your dog. These pests are a common problem in dogs, and their bite can even cause allergic reactions in some pets. Knowing where your dog can get fleas will help you to prevent them from getting on him. Here are some of the most common ways that dogs get fleas.

Fleas from other Dogs

Fleas spread very easily. They are good jumpers, and can hop from one animal to another. If your dog comes into physical contact with another dog that has fleas, your dog can get them too. If you notice your dog playing with a dog that appears to have fleas, try to get your dog away from it as quickly as possible. If you have another pet that has fleas, keep it separated from the healthy one to try to prevent a flea infestation spreading through the apartment.

Flea Infested Places

When you put a dog in a place like a kennel or a small yard, you have to be careful. If it is in an area with fleas in it, it is very likely that your dog get fleas. For example, if your dog stays in a flea infested kennel, even for a short time, he will get fleas. Keep your dog’s kennel and bedding clean, and make sure you clean your apartment on a regular basis. Clean environments discourage fleas.

Flea from Outdoors

Fleas sometimes lay their eggs in tall grass. When they merge into adulthood they can easily jump from the grass and onto your dog. Sometimes, flea eggs will get into your dog’s fur if he rolls around on the ground, and the eggs eventually hatch on him. If you take your dog outside, to a dog park for example, there is a possibility that he could catch fleas from playing in the grass. Fleas could also stick on something like your clothes and get your whole apartment infested with them.

Fleas from Wild Animals

Fleas can jump on wild animals like raccoons, opossums and squirrels. If you leave your dog outside unattended, there is a possibility that fleas will jump from a wild animal onto your dog if they come into close physical contact. Rats can also get fleas. If you have rats in your neighborhood, your dog could potentially get fleas from them. Make sure you keep a close eye on your dog if you live in place with frequent wild animal sightings. If you can’t keep an eye on him, put something on to protect him from fleas, like a flea repellent or a flea collar.

Fleas can bring a dog a lot of discomfort. They are a very annoying pest that can cause skin irritation, and no dog is completely immune to them. There are different ways to solve the problem of fleas on your dog, but prevention is the best method.

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