The Dangers of Fleas on Dogs

DON’T BE SCARED BUT BE AWARE…If you are a dog owner you are most likely familiar with the inconvenience of the blood-sucking insects we know as… fleas. Not only do fleas just suck the blood out of your beloved pet but they are notorious for transmitting diseases as well. Here are some diseases one should be cautious of when owning a dog:

Flea allergy dermatitis is a common ailment associated with flea bites. Though each bite from a flea can cause minor skin irritation, some dogs can develop an allergy to the saliva of the flea. One flea bite can result in significant irritation, itchiness and aggravation which will commonly result in excessive scratching and inevitably in hair loss. Typically, the hair at the base of the tail is usually affected but small scabs and redness are present all over the dog's body.

Tapeworms are also a common parasite associated with fleas. Though not transmitted by bites, fleas cause tapeworm infestations when the dog grooms and ingests a flea carrying the tapeworm larva. After ingestion, the tapeworm larva continues to develop in the dog's gastrointestinal tract. Though tapeworms do not usually result in illness in the dog, removal of the tapeworm is recommended. 

Flea bite anemia occurs in severe flea infestations or in tiny puppies. With many fleas feeding at the same time, significant blood loss can occur. If too many fleas remain on the dog then severe anemia can result. If this occurs, blood transfusions, iron supplementation and hospitalization are frequently necessary. 

Being educated on potential illnesses will allow dog owners to understand how life threatening these small little insects can be. Let's prevent this from happening; try all-nautral, non-toxic Flea Away keep fleas from your loved ones.