Why do dogs get fleas?

Fleas are well equipped to infect your dog.

Protecting your dog from fleas and other bugs is simple and affordable. With a wide range of Hartz® UltraGuard® Flea and Tick Control products, flea treatment and prevention is readily available for any pet owner. Regardless, you may be curious as to how the heck your dog got fleas in the first place.

Fleas are one of the most common external parasites on earth and according to WebMD, these little insects can jump nearly 2 feet in an effort to attach themselves to a host animal. Fleas' bodies are perfectly adapted to quickly burrow beneath an animals fur, and from there they quickly make themselves at home. Flea problems among pets are so common mainly because fleas themselves are ubiquitous. 

All sorts of animals can develop a flea infestation, not just your dog. In fact, other critters may be bringing your pup in contact with fleas in the first place. Animals like squirrels, raccoons or opossums might be the original host for a flea before running through your backyard and giving the pest an opportunity to infect your dog.  

This content is provided by the pet wellness experts at Hartz®. We offer complete flea and tick protection for your pet, home and yard.