Summer is the season when most insects tend to come out in droves, and fleas are no exception. These parasitic insects can cause a slew of reactions in your dog, and the best way to protect your canine companion from being bitten in the first place is to use a dog flea treatment like a flea collar or flea spray, such as Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Spray for Dogs.
1. You can see fleas on your dog's fur
The easiest way to spot fleas is to actually see them. They're big enough to be seen by the naked eye, but running a flea comb through your dog's fur is a good way to find any that may be well-hidden.
2. When you pet him, flecks of 'dirt' appear
"Flea dirt" is actually the droppings and waste produced by fleas. You can check for this by having your dog stand on a light-colored surface, like a clean tile floor or a piece of white paper. Brush his fur vigorously, and watch the ground. If you see black and brown flecks, he may have fleas.
3. He's biting or scratching more than usual
Flea allergies irritate a dog's skin at the bite location, so he may try to bite, chew or scratch the affected area. If this goes on for a while, the skin could become raw and his fur may fall out.
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