A single fleabite can trigger a severe and extensive allergic reaction, so it is important to detect the problem ASAP, before it can affect the health of our pet.
First of all, we should check that the problem is really about fleas. To do this, we have to carry out a thorough examination to confirm it. These little black insects usually move quickly through their hair. The aspect they have is similar to the one we can see in this image:
If the number of fleas is reduced, we may only see the residuals they leave, which are shaped like small and black granules, and are actually the flea’s feces. With an anti-flea specialized comb we can comb the hair of hair of our pet and confirm the existence of these parasites.
Once we have clear that we are talking about a flea problem, we must assess the magnitude of the problem. Some dogs tolerate fleas and do not scratch a lot. However, others may suffer from severe allergic reactions to fleabites and saliva. What happens in these cases is that dogs scratch themselves intensely and bite their necks, ears, thighs and the base of the tail. In these cases, the dog's skin may begin to peel and discolor. Hair loss may also occur and also secondary bacterial infections.
We must not forget that flea problems in dogs are a health problem, so the first thing we should do when we confirm it, is to go and visit our vet. In this way, we'll have a professional diagnosis that can establish and assess the magnitude of the problem, proposing the most appropriate treatment plan.