Planning a trip to the beach? Look out for sand fleas

Warm sun, cool water and lots of space to run around make a trip to the beach a perfect summer trip for you and your pup. Before you pack up the car and head to the shore, be wary of sand fleas.

Warm sun, cool water and lots of space to run around make a trip to the beach a perfect summer getaway for you and your pup. But before you pack up the car and head to the shore, be wary of sand fleas. 

Also referred to as beach fleas or midges, sand fleas differ from other types of fleas because they are considered crustaceans, according to VetInfo. Comparable to the size of a grain of rice, sand fleas have clear wings and grey and white spots. These pests tend to inhabit muddy areas in addition to sandy locations.

Like all types of fleas, sand fleas are parasitic pests that feed on the blood of their host. If your dog is bit by a sand flea, he could become infected with leishmaniasis. There are two types of leishmaniasis reported PetMD: one that affects his skin and one that affects his abdominal area.

Your pup should receive veterinary attention immediately if he is bitten by a sand flea. Look for symptoms such as fever, scratching, white lumps at the bite site and black dots under his skin, suggested VetInfo.

Make sure to treat your dog with Hartz® Ultraguard Pro® Flea and Tick Drops to ensure a safe day at the beach!  

This content is provided by the flea treatment experts at Hartz. We offer flea sprays, shampoos and drops to keep your pets safe inside and outside your home.