Hanly Vets explain signs and symptoms of fleas

Signs and symptoms of Fleas

Flea infestations can be not only annoying for both dogs and humans but also very dangerous. Problems caused by fleas may range from mild to severe itching and discomfort to skin problems and infections. Anemia may also result from flea bites in extreme circumstances. Furthermore, fleas can transmit tapeworms and diseases to pets.

When fleas bite humans they may develop an itching rash with small bumps that may bleed. This rash is usually located on the armpit or fold of a joint such as the elbow, knee, or ankle. When the area is pressed, it turns white.

When dogs are troubled by fleas they scratch and bite themselves especially in areas such as the head, neck, and around the tail. Fleas normally concentrate in such areas. This incessant scratching and biting causes the dog’s skin to become red, inflamed and very painful.

Flea allergy dermatitis is developed by those dogs allergic to flea saliva. In this case, the symptoms previously mentioned are more pronounced.

Because of compulsive scratching and biting, the dog may lose hair, get bald spots, exhibit hot spots due to extreme painful irritation, and develop infections that result in smelly infected skin.

Treatments: Advantage, Advantix, Advocate for Cats

Hanly Vets reccomment Advantix

Hanly Veterinary Clinic stocks the best treatments available for fleas & ticks.


Follow directions carefully, Simply squeeze the contents of the tube onto the skin on the back of your dog or cat’s neck. Advantage then spreads over your pet, remaining in the oily layer of the skin, where it is effective against fleas all month long. Best of all, fleas don’t have to bite your dog to be affected, so with Advantage your pet suffers less of those painful flea bites.

Hanly Vet recommends these products.

If you have an questions or you are concerned about bald or soar patches on your pets body Contact Hanly Vet, were here to help.

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