If your dog and cat suddenly start scratching more and behave restlessly, it's worth taking a closer look - fleas may have chosen the animal's fur as a free hotel.
How do you recognize a flea infestation on your animal?
The tricky thing here is that flea bites are often only visible when they have become infected, for example due to strong scratching. With light-colored fur, it is much easier to see the fleas or flea droppings with the naked eye as small black dots . If you squish the dark spots on a cloth after brushing your dog or cat, the feces will turn reddish - a guaranteed sign of flea infestation .
💡 Our tip: If your four-legged friend has dark fur, you can simply place him on a white surface and brush him thoroughly. Special flea combs make this work easier for you.
Everything at a glance: Symptoms of flea infestation
Possible symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Restlessness and nervousness
- Increased scratching
- Skin redness
- Loss of fur
- small wounds/scabs
- reddened wheals
My animal has fleas – what now?
Don't worry: no matter how unpleasant the symptoms are for your dog or cat, you can do something about fleas. In addition to treating your animal, it is important to also keep the surrounding area clean:
- Vacuum several times a day (empty the vacuum cleaner afterwards!)
- Wipe regularly around your animal's sleeping area
- Wash textiles and cuddly toys at at least 60 degrees
- Brush your dog or cat frequently and extensively
- After consulting your veterinarian, treat your animal, for example with spot-ons, tablets, collars or sprays against fleas
Against fleas: successfully prevent flea infestations
It's better to be safe than sorry: Flea infestations can be a nuisance for both you and your dog, but with the right prevention, you can help your four-legged friend stay flea-free. Here are some tried and tested flea prevention methods:
Regular flea prevention: Use high-quality flea preparations that are specifically designed for dogs. These preparations may come in the form of spot-ons, tablets, or collars. Be sure to choose the right product for your dog's weight and size and use it according to the manufacturer's instructions.
Environmental Control: Flea eggs and larvae can develop in carpets, upholstered furniture, and other areas in the home. Vacuuming and regularly washing your dog's bedding and blankets can help keep the flea population in check. If necessary, also use appropriate flea sprays or powders for the area.
Hygiene and care: Regular brushing and combing of your dog's coat can help remove adult fleas and detect the infestation early. Keep your dog's coat clean and healthy, as healthy skin and a strong immune system can help him fight off flea infestations.
Avoiding flea sources: Make sure your dog has no contact with other animals that could be infected with fleas. Avoid areas with known flea infestations and keep your dog away from stray animals.
Regular veterinary examinations: Have your dog regularly examined and vaccinated by the veterinarian. The vet can give you further recommendations for flea prevention and examine your dog for possible fleas or other parasites.
Last but not least: Flea infestations are never a nice thing, that's true. However, fleas have nothing to do with inadequate hygiene - and with our tips you can get rid of the unwanted visitors in no time. So: you don't have to worry about that!