How did fleas end up on your dog?

Fleas are a huge nuisance, and once your pet has them, you have to work fast to get rid of them.

Fleas are a huge nuisance, and once your pet has them, you have to work fast to get rid of them. But how did they get on your dog in the first place? They didn't fly into your home – fleas don't have wings. It might surprise you to learn that they catapulted their way into your living space. Fleas have the remarkable ability to jump up to 100 times their height, according to LiveScience.

Professor Malcolm Burrows and his colleague Dr. Gregory Sutton at the University of Cambridge recorded fleas jumping on a high-speed camera and discovered that they use their toes to launch themselves into the air and achieve those amazing heights.

If your dog comes into close proximity with another animal carrying fleas, those fleas can easily jump from their host onto your pet, and then the nightmare begins. A flea collar like Hartz® UltraGuard Plus® Flea & Tick Collar for Dogs can provide effective protection against these parasites. It kills and repels both fleas and ticks and can prevent re-infestation for up to seven months.


This content is provided by the flea and tick experts at Hartz®. We believe in offering safe, effective and affordable parasite prevention for every dog and cat.