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Dog Flea: Detecting dog fleas...

Every time you give your dog his routine grooming session, it is really important that you carefully inspect his coat and skin.

Apart from making certain that the coat and skin are clean and have a pleasing smell to them, you ought also check to make sure that he is not playing host to any sort of parasite that could initiate the start of a number of diseases and other several problems.

One truly common parasite that causes serious irritation to your dog is the dog flea. A dog flea causes severe irritation by sucking on your dog's blood. Some dogs acquire an allergy to the dog flea's saliva which causes them to scratch uncontrollably, resulting in sore and weeping skin. The dog flea is also responsible for the spread of tapeworms if your dog happens to eat it.

The severity of a flea attack is quite unpredictable. The smallest attack of the flea can occasion mild itching and irritation even to a well groomed dog. In fact, an exceptional case of widespread infestation from a relative of the dog flea was known to cause an unprecedented campaign of death in Europe, during the period of the bubonic plagues.

These days, a dog flea attack is most probably due to a specific type of dog flea called Ctenocephalides canis. This type of flea is a tiny, jumping creature that can be seen on your dog's skin. These dog fleas can effortlessly hop on your dog while strolling around through bushes and grass. The flea knows that your dog is an extensive source of blood, which is the primary requisite of the dog flea to be able to lay its eggs.

As soon as the dog flea is done satisfying its thirst, it will hop off your dog and find its new home on a surface inside your house. The dog flea usually stays on one area of your carpet or your bed and will stay there to lay its eggs.

Dog fleas are not at all shy at having their presence detected. If you see your dog scratching, biting, and shaking as if it is trying to get rid of something that is irritating him, chances are he may have unwelcome guests of dog fleas feasting on him.

Dog fleas are like tiny brown bouncing dots. Another sign of dog fleas are black and white particles similar to sand. These are dog flea eggs and waste material. When looking for dog fleas, start by pushing the fur back around the neck, along the back, and on the rear end and the belly. You may also use a fine-toothed comb to search for dog fleas. Run the fine-toothed comb over the dog's coat and see if you can catch these culprits.

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