What Are the Signs of Fleas on Dogs?
You may not always see fleas on your dog right away, but there will be other signs. Here are some indicators that your dog may be dealing with fleas.
- Your dog is scratching. If your dog is scratching more than usual, fleas may be at fault. Flea bites—or more specifically, flea saliva—can cause discomfort and irritation. Your dog’s incessant scratching may also lead to patches of hair loss or red, irritated skin.
- You find flea dirt. Flea dirt may look like specks of pepper, but it’s actually flea feces, made up of blood and the flea’s waste. Flea dirt may be found either on your dog or in their environment, like on their bedding. To determine whether a suspicious fleck is flea dirt and not actual dirt, place some on a damp paper towel. If the paper turns red, it’s flea dirt.
- Your dog has pale gums. In extreme flea infestations, dogs (especially puppies) are at risk for anemia, which causes pale gums. This condition happens when the dog loses large amounts of blood due to flea bites.