Prevent fleas before they become a problem.
You love the warmer months of the year, but you dread that fleas become a big problem for your pet at this time. Fleas are small, dark brown insects that thrive in warmer temperatures and humidity. Most dogs get fleas when they come into contact with another animal or come across fleas in their environment, like in your backyard.
Fleas have strong back legs, so they can easily jump from host to host. For most dogs, the constant biting of the flea causes relentless itching, and this can become a severe problem for many. For example, the constant chewing and scratching of the affected area can result in secondary skin infections, inflammation, and hair loss.
You can often see fleas scurrying along the skin of your dog’s fur, even though they are only around the size of a head of a pin. In most cases, fleas will congregate on your dog’s furry areas on the inner thighs and belly.
Since fleas are so bothersome to your pet, and because they can carry harmful diseases, you need to make flea prevention a top priority. Here at Plaza Veterinary Hospital, we recommend several different effective methods for flea prevention, and we can go over them with you at your next appointment.
If you’re worried that your dog has fleas and you want to talk to a compassionate vet in the Burlington, North Carolina area about it, give us a call. Effective flea prevention can go a long way when it comes to the health and happiness of your pet!