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Published on July 4th, 2013 | by Debbie Martin

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Love to Pet Your Dog? Think About what’s going on Under That Coat!

Many animal lovers are drawn towards certain species because they’re fluffy and nice to cuddle. This is why cats and dogs are such a popular choice of pet, aside from the fact that they can give us years of laughter and fun. However, if you own a dog and love to pet him you must think about what might be going on under his coat, especially when you’re considering summertime pet safety.

Fleas

Fleas are probably the most common issue your four legged friend will suffer from. The trouble with fleas is they don’t really mind where they hatch and this is what can cause a problem for you as well as your dog.

For obvious reasons, these tiny parasites will become livelier when the weather is warm. If you find fleas on in your dog’s coat, this could be a sign that you already have an infestation.

You see, the adults are just the tip of iceberg really. Female fleas will lay as many as 50 eggs in just one day and the eggs don’t live on your pet! This may surprise you but it’s true. The eggs will fall from your pet’s fur and land on just about anything.

They’re probably more likely to fall on to soft furnishings, into the pile of your carpet and just about anything-else your dog comes into contact with. Once the eggs are ready to hatch the parasites within sit and wait until they find a host that has a decent blood supply, namely your dog!

Because fleas breed so quickly and in great numbers when you’re thinking about summertime pet safety, fleas should be the first problem you deal with.

Recognising the Problem

If your dog starts to scratch or bite at his coat, this is a sure sign he has fleas. The most obvious places he will scratch are at the base of his tail or around his neck. Even if you don’t see these signs, it’s a good idea to use a special comb to go through your dog’s coat.

This is a great way to bond with your pet and at the same time find out if there is anything nasty lurking in his fur. Fleas will produce faeces just like any other animal and there are specialist combs on the market that will pull this away from the fur; just ask your vet about them. Place the fur you remove on a sheet of paper and moisten it, if there is any faeces on there it will turn into a sort of red/brown swirl.

 Treatment

These days there are loads of products on the market you can use to safely prevent your dog from getting fleas and you shouldn’t just do this as a form of summertime pet safety. It’s actually recommended that you de-flea your dog at least once every 4 to 8 weeks. If you do this regularly both you and your dog can enjoy a flea free life and you can continuing to pet your dog fear free!

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About the Author

Debbie Martin has worked at Beeston Animal Health for over five years, having previously worked as a nurse in equine and small animal practice. Although generally involved with aspects of marketing these days and putting her psychology degree to good use, she still has a great depth of up to date knowledge in all creatures great and small. Debbie lives at home with her partner and two children and spends much of her spare time looking after her horses, dogs and cats or at the home farm with the cows, sheep and turkeys.



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