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Symptoms

 
Itching dog

Symptom Checker

  • Excessive itching and scratching
  • Licking or biting of the skin and coat
  • Hair loss
  • Actual presence of fleas in your pet's coat. Fleas can easily be seen around the face where there is less fur
  • Flea dirt in your pet's coat (small black specks)
 
Important!

Watch out for Flea Allergy Dermatitis!
Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) is one of the most common skin diseases in cats and dogs. Flea Allergy Dermatitis is a very unpleasant skin condition that results from an allergy to the fleas' faeces and/or saliva. Symptoms include excessive skin irritation, hair loss and soreness. This condition can result from minimal exposure to fleas, as little as one flea bite can sometimes trigger a whole body reaction.

Flea Allergy Dermatitis

It is important that owners seek the advice from their veterinary surgeon if their pet has any sign of skin irritation or soreness.

 
Flea Target

The White Paper Test

 

A quick and easy way to check if your pet has fleas.

A Wet Towel...
Tap
1. Dampen a piece of white paper or kitchen towel
A Comb...
Comb
2. Comb through your pet's coat and collect the debris onto the white paper
Check for Dirt...
Swirl
3. If flea dirt debris falls on the wet surface, it dissolves giving red/brown swirls or patches
Time for Action!
Flea
4. This confirms that fleas are present

N.B. If you are unable to find fleas or flea dirt on your pet, but are still concerned they are scratching or losing hair, please consult your vet.

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