As part of your pets at home care it's a good idea to regularly check them for
fleas. Here's how it's done: first do a visual check for fleas. Fleas are small
and reddish-brown in color. It's easiest to see them on areas of the body where
the fur is thinner, such as their stomachs or the inside of their hind
legs. Fleas prefer thicker, furrier areas of your pet to hide in as well as the
nooks and crannies, like in-between your pets joints, near the base of the tail or
in the neck folds. Use a flea or any fine-tooth comb to comb your pets fur.
You can usually get a better look at the skin if you comb from back to front.
Have a small bowl of soapy water nearby as you comb your pet. That way if any live
please get stuck in the comb you can drown them in the water, so they won't
jump back on your pet. Look not just for fleas, but also for flea dirt. Flea dirt
is made up of digested blood and looks like small flecks of black dirt.
If you're not sure if something is flea dirt or soil, pick up some of the
suspected flea dirt with a white tissue or paper towel and apply a small drop of
water. If black particles turn reddish brown after a couple of seconds, it's
actually blood in the flea dirt. You should also check your pet skin for
signs of flea bites. This includes red, irritated and broken skin on areas such
as the neck, ears, belly or hindquarters. Regularly using year-round flea
preventives will help keep your pet and your home flea free. Talk to your
veterinarian about the product that will be best for your pet. For more pet health
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