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Jess Nielson 
Vet Nurse 

When a flea bites, its saliva causes the dog to itch. The adult fleas you see on your dog only represent 5% of the whole flea population. Flea problems can appear to come and go. This is because the immature stages of the flea (eggs, pupae) wait in the environment for the right conditions (Warmth, humidity and stimulation) When this happens they tend to hatch all at once onto the unsuspecting animal.

Some dogs develop a severe allergic reaction to the flea saliva and can develop flea allergy dermatitis.  Managing fleas can be frustrating and will require a long-term management plan. The key to successful management is consistency.

Tips to help manage and prevent a flea infestation:

  • Treat ALL animals including the cat!
  • Follow product instructions for application and usage i.e. monthly
  • Make sure animals are receiving the correct product for weight.
  • Check your dog’s coat regularly for fleas and ticks, especially after work.

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