many pet owners don’t know how they can treat and prevent fleas
There are a lot of adorable things about puppies. There’s of course the newness of a teensy, tiny dog, the excitement that you get from naming them, the exhausted frustration that is training a puppy. (Well, OK, maybe that’s not really adorable but it can be — especially when the puppy gets a command for the first time!) But one thing that isn’t adorable in puppies is when they pick up fleas.
Fleas are jumping, prolific pests that grab onto your pets skin and hair and hang out, living for as long as 12 months and reproducing in astonishing numbers. And many pet owners don’t really understand how they can treat and prevent fleas either.
The first thing, of course, is understanding when your puppy is demonstrating signs of flea infestation. That may be everything from scabs to pale gums and more. What else should you pay attention to and what can you do about it?
While fleas are wingless insects, they can jump up to 2 feet high—and that can be problematic for your new puppy. While flea management may be the last thing on your mind when you bring home a fluffy best friend, it’s incredibly important both for your pup and your family. In 2015, fleas were among the most common parasites found in both dogs and cats. Yet research shows that flea treatment adherence falls short of veterinarians’ recommendations (the average pet parent only treats their pet for 6 months out of the year). If you’re curious to learn how to spot the signs of fleas on your puppy, plus which type of flea control is best for you.