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9 Signs your Pet has Fleas

Are you noticing that your pet is in discomfort? It could be one of the signs your pet has fleas. Read my post detailing the 9 main signs that your pet has fleas. #fleamanagement #fleas #petcare
Are you noticing that your pet is in discomfort? It could be one of the signs your pet has fleas. Read my post detailing the 9 main signs that your pet has fleas. #fleamanagement #fleas #petcare

9 signs your pet has fleas

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Flea season is nearly upon us, and, as the weather becomes warmer and warmer, there could be signs your pet has fleas.

As responsible pet owners, we need to be ready and take action, to get rid of fleas, before they become an irritation to both our pets and us.

Maybe you have noticed that your pet is in some discomfort and want to sort this out straight away. It is definitely a great place to start, in your process of elimination of the possible irritation your furry friend is experiencing.

Fleas can be prompted into action by warming temperatures and also vibrations from walking around the home, or even from vacuuming.

 

Signs Your Pet has fleas

  1. Frequent scratching or biting.

  2. Itching – my dog whipped around to scratch and bite. Sometimes he would yelp if it really itched.

  3. Bites and irritation around warmer areas – ears,bottom, in the creases of the leg, around the tail.

  4. Excessive licking

  5. Red patches of skin

  6. Fur loss in bad cases

  7. Black and white salt and pepper-like grains in pet beds or anywhere the pet has been lying.

  8. Visible sight of small insects that jump when disturbed.

  9. Visible sight of small black specks in the fur

 

Frequent scratching or biting.

One of the signs that your pet has fleas is when you notice them regularly scratching or even biting at their skin. My cavvy Jasper mostly used to bite around his tail. It’s important to get your pet treated as soon as possible with a flea treatment. Speaking from experience, when I didn’t know what the problem was with Jasper, I ran up bills of £100-200 a time, treating his skin, because it had become infected and sore. 

Poor Jas also was in a lot of pain, because I didn’t act quick enough to get rid of the fleas fast the first time. I initially thought it could be diet or a skin condition, but as soon as he and the house was treated with an effective flea treatment, he settled down.

Itching

 Another clear way an animal gives away that it has fleas, is obvious and dramatic movements caused by itching.  The main sign my dog showed that he had fleas,  was awkward whipping and spinning around to scratch and bite his tail. Sometimes he would yelp if it really itched. This would be followed by ten minutes of desperately trying to get rid of the fleas himself, by scratching. Again, this can be mistaken for a skin condition. 

Bites and irritation around warmer areas

Check out your animal for signs of a flea infestation. Fleas like warm moist areas like under and around the ears, around the animal’s bottom and tail and in the creases of their legs. They feed on blood from the animal, so look for warm, sheltered areas to feed. Their bites wil be red and the animal will have already scratched them, because they are extremely itchy.

Excessive licking

Another sign your pet has fleas is excessive licking. Both my cat Sammy and Jasper have done this is in the past. Now I know to treat Sammy straight away, because this is her particular signal to me that a flea outbreak is about to happen. If you have a cat and a dog, chances are the cat will bring the fleas every time. This is is what I found every flea season!

Red patches of skin

When a pet has had a flea infestation for a few days, you might notice red patches of skin appearing. This is because flea bite saliva can be a source of irritation to some animals’ skin.

Are you noticing that your pet is in discomfort? It could be one of the signs your pet has fleas. Read my post detailing the 9 main signs that your pet has fleas. #fleamanagement #fleas #petcare

know the signs that your pet has fleas

Fur loss in bad cases

Depending on allergies and how bad the infestation is, you might notice patches of fur loss. This could be as a result of your animal biting the bitten area, or as result of further skin infection. It has never happened to my pets, but I would be straight to the vets if I noticed this, as you would need veterinary advice.

Black and white salt and pepper-like grains in pet beds

Another of the signs your pet has fleas, is if you find grainy deposits in their bed or anywhere they have been lying. They look like a mixture of salt and pepper grains. My cat Sammy loves to relax for long periods of time on our bed. When she has fleas, I can see these mixed grains stuck to her fur as it has come off onto the bed clothes.

Are you noticing that your pet is in discomfort? It could be one of the signs your pet has fleas. Read my post detailing the 9 main signs that your pet has fleas. #fleamanagement #fleas #petcare

check for salt and pepper-like grains where pet sleeps sign of fleas

Visible sight of small insects that jump when disturbed

Look on your animal’s fur, especially around the ears. You might see a small insect, that if you disturb it, with jump away. (Yes, the first time, they were large enough to do this with – my poor cat Tabby) They appear a slightly browny yellowish colour, but are slightly transparent also.

 

Visible sight of small black specks in the fur

Again on your pet’s fur, a sure sign your pet has fleas is if it has black specks in its fur. This is flea faeces and can be incredibly irritating to the animal. This can be ingested by your pet, so it is important to worm your pet at the same point. Fleas can lead to the transmission of worms also – lovely!

 

In conclusion, these are all signs that your pet has fleas and you need to take action now to avoid further discomfort for your pet, high vets bills and discomfort for your family. Yeh you got it – they bite humans to – I am living proof, but I’ll post about that in a related post coming soon about how to deal with a flea outbreak on a budget.

Read my related posts:

How Do I Get Rid Of Fleas In My House Fast?

9 Ways to Save Money on Vet Bills

 

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