Does My Dog have fleas? Whether or not you actually see fleas on your pet, they may be there. Scratching, scabs and dark specs, or “flea dirt,” found on the skin can all be signs that your dog has become theunwitting host for a family of fleas. Fleas can carry tapeworms, too. If you notice small white rice-like things in your dogs faeces or in the hair around his anus, your dog probably has tapeworms, which means he may also have fleas. In extreme cases, a dog may be lethargic and its lips and gums pale.
The Flea Check
First sit your dog on a large piece of white paper. Then rub its back vigorously for a minute or so. As you rub, any flea faeces will fall onto the paper. Next pick up the piece of paper, remove any hair, and transfer the ‘rubbings’ onto some damp cotton wool. Leave to stand for a minute. Flea faeces: In the fur they appear as dark red / black commas shaped particles 0.5 to 1mm in size. On wet cotton wool they dissolve forming a rust coloured halo (flea faeces is dried blood). So, if you can now see red rust spots on the cotton wool, you can be certain that your pet has been in recent contact with fleas. Treatment is required. For More Fleas Info Click Here