How to check your dog for fleas

Inspecting your dog for fleas is no easy task. The pesky parasites are tiny, quick and difficult to spot, especially during the early days of an infestation. However, the sooner you notice fleas on your pooch, the better.

Inspecting your dog for fleas is no easy task. The pesky parasites are tiny, quick and difficult to spot, especially during the early days of an infestation. However, the sooner you notice fleas on your pooch, the better.

If you see your pup is experiencing any behavioral changes, such as obsessive scratching, licking or chewing certain parts of his body, you should inspect him for fleas immediately. PetMD recommended turning your dog on his back and checking under his legs and groin first, as those are the easiest places for fleas to hide. Check his ears and belly as well for signs of blood, dirt or excessive scratching, suggested the source.

You should also inspect your pooch for remnants of flea poop, which looks like little black pieces of dirt. According to Puppy Leaks, one of the best ways to do so is with the white towel test. Keeping your dog turned on his back, place a white paper towel beside him and comb through his fur while looking for any black specks that fall on the towel.

Of course, protection is the best way to prevent fleas in the first place, so be sure to use products like Hartz® UltraguardPlus® Flea & Tick Collar.