Use a flea comb to catch infestations early

Use a flea comb to catch infestations early

You need to stay vigilant about your dog's health, especially during warmer months when fleas and ticks run rampant. In addition to using a dog flea treatment like a flea collar or flea spray, a specially designed comb can be useful in detecting any insects that may have managed to hide in your pooch's fur.

Flea combs have more teeth than the combs you may use for your hair, and they're all very close together. This way, when you run the comb through your pet's fur, any fleas or other insects trying to move in will get picked up in the comb. Cesar's Way recommended paying attention to how close you're getting the comb to your dog's skin. This is where fleas will live, so reaching down that far is key to effectively using the comb.

You should also look for signs of "flea dirt" in the teeth of the comb. Flea dirt, which is nothing more than the waste created by fleas, will appear as small black flecks. If you find evidence of that, you may want to consider thoroughly treating your dog and your environment, as this could mean a female has been living on your dog long enough to lay her eggs. PetMD reported that fleas can lay anywhere from 20 to 30 eggs in a day, and they'll fall off your dog and hide in carpets and other fabrics.

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.