Flea 101: What you need to know to protect your pooch

Flea 101: What you need to know to protect your pooch

Fleas are pesky insects that can latch onto your dog and make her sick. It's good to know your enemy, even when you've taken preventative action with Hartz flea and tick products such as the Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Collar for Dogs

Fleas are wingless insects, usually 1-3 mm in length, with flat, brownish-black bodies. The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension site indicated that fleas can jump relatively far, but they don't just bound about looking for hosts. Instead, they sit in bushes and trees, waiting for tasty meals, also known as dogs or cats, to stroll by.

Without a host, fleas can only live for a couple days, but once they find a warm body to feed on, they can survive for an average of eight days. This gives them plenty of time to lay their eggs and drink your dog's blood. Their waste is a telltale sign that your dog has fleas, as it flecks off and appears to be specks of dirt, which is where it gets the nickname "flea dirt." If you see evidence of flea dirt on your dog, it may be time to grab a bottle of flea shampoo.

This content is provided by the flea prevention experts at Hartz. From flea drops to flea treatments for the home and yard, we have the solution for you.