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Fleas Philippines: 3 Obvious Signs Your Pet Has Fleas And Why You Should Not Ignore Them

fleas philippinesYes, we have been there.

After a day’s work, you just want to relax.

Your furry baby snuggles up to you and you both have a relaxing Saturday night.

But then your dog starts scratching and you seem to be scratching as well.

It’s nothing to fear but your dog might have fleas.

It may be common for dogs to have fleas but you do not want that on YOUR dog.

Here are the 3 Obvious Signs Your Dog Has Fleas:

Fleas Philippines: More Than Usual Scratching or Chewing

After fleas bite a dog, they secrete saliva which causes itching sensation on the skin. The main areas that get itchy are the from the upper arms, armpits, belly, sides, thighs and tail base.  

Some dogs can manage the itching sensation but some dogs can feel the itch far greater than others. This can lead to the dogs chewing or biting the itchy spots.

So it is no surprise that if your dog is scratching their bodies, you can suspect that fleas are attacking. More often than not, your dog can get frustrated because of the itch and can become restless of the flea infestation.

Fleas Philippines: Presence of Flea Dirt

Try to do this now: go to the furrier areas of your dog – ears, neck, hindquarters or belly. Part the fur and check if you see small dark dirt bits. Like peppered “soil” spots on your dog’s skin.

Now how could ‘soil’ get there?

Well, they are actually not soil but digested blood by the fleas. So yes, the dark bits are flea feces.

You can also test if these bits are flea dirt. Get a wet paper towel and grab some bits. If it turns reddish brown then you can now confirm what is on your dog is flea dirt.

Don’t forget to wash your hands.

Fleas Philippines: Visible Skin Problems

Aside from the scratching and flea dirt, you may notice that your dog experiences hair loss. This is usually an effect of excessive scratching and biting. This is most common to dogs with longer coats.

Other than hair loss, red rash or hot spots can also develop as an allergic reaction to the flea saliva.

And as pet owners, you are not safe from the flea bites as well. Fleas can bite you and may cause red bumps or welts – and yes it will be irritatingly itchy.

What can you do?

There are various ways to get rid of dog fleas that are available in the market today. You can ask your vet what you can do for your pet.

If you need a quick relief that lasts longer, you can try the new Simparica Dog and Flea Protection. It protects your pet from nasty tick and flea infestation not just 30 days but up to 35 days.

To order yours, call Ms. Mylez at these numbers: 896-6386 / 896-2860 / 0908-896-7113

 

Enjoy peace of mind,

Dr. Sixto Carlos, DVM, MS
Pet Happiness Expert
Makati Dog and Cat Hospital
Serving Pet Parents near Mandaluyong, Makati, and BGC

“The St. Luke’s of Pet Hospitals” – from a Happy Client

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Apartment Living Dogs: Do They Need Anti-Fleas and Ticks Treatment?

Apartment Living Dogs: Do They Need Anti-Fleas and Ticks Treatment?

We understand how you feel.

You arrive from work and you see Truffles scratching and itching nonstop.

Oh no! Could this be the worst nightmare of all pet parents? But how can this be? Truffles rarely go outside, she is always inside your apartment!

Which leads you to the question …

Apartment living dogs: do they get fleas and ticks?

Which leads you to the NEXT question …

We have apartment living dogs, HOW can they get fleas and ticks?

You will be surprised at the possible sources:

  1. Human Visitors

… and this includes you!  You and your human visitors can be carriers of fleas and ticks. Anyone coming into your home could be a carrier of fleas. They can be brought in from the your visitors’ own home or pet without their knowledge.

Fleas can hide themselves in your visitors’ pants leg, socks, shoes, shopping bags etc.

Ticks can attach themselves to any part of the body, including the groin, under the arms, inside the ear, in the hair, inside the belly button, and behind the knee.

  1. Outside your apartment home

Anytime your pet goes out into the world — even if it is only:

  • A short walk around the street
  • A play date at the local dog park
  • A visit to the veterinarian
  • An overnight stay for pet boarding
  • A trip to the groomer
  • A ride in the car and other

… your pet is being exposed to the opportunity for fleas and ticks to hop aboard.

  1. You brought home furniture with fleas

If you are a fan of vintage furniture or pre-loved home furnishings, you may have unwittingly carried flea eggs into your home.

You think that you luckily scored a home item, a coat, or a bag at a very low price from your neighbor’s Garage Sale? Double-check that carpet or curtain that you bought from a Garage Sale a few weeks ago.  These may have hidden pests clinging on them!

TIP:  Vacuum that carpet or curtain or sofa repeatedly. Eggs can stay dormant in the environment for months until the right conditions are met for hatching, so keeping things cleaned up will be beneficial.

  1. Previous apartment tenant had pets with fleas!

When you moved in to your apartment, ticks are already there!  

These ticks already have their eggs in different parts of the your apartment. They typically lay their eggs near baseboards, windows and doors, furniture, edges of rugs, and curtains.

Now that we know that apartment-living dogs can get fleas and ticks, you now have the answer to the very first question:

Apartment Living Dogs: Do They Need Anti-Fleas and Ticks Treatment?

YES!

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Enjoy peace of mind,

Dr. Sixto Carlos, DVM, MS
Pet Happiness Expert
Makati Dog and Cat Hospital
Serving Pet Parents near Mandaluyong, Makati, and BGC

“The St. Luke’s of Pet Hospitals” – from a Happy Client