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A Look at the Lifecycle of Fleas

Last updated 1 year ago

Finding fleas on your pet can be a tricky venture if you don’t know what to look for. As the experts in this video explain, fleas go through a four-stage lifecycle and are less visible to the untrained eye when in egg stage. Only about 5% of the total lifecycle occurs in the adult stage, so it’s important to identify signs of fleas during the earlier three stages: egg, larva, and pupa.

Start your flea examination by looking over the skin and hair on the lower back, close to the tail. Even if you don’t see actual fleas, you may notice flea dirt or feces. You can identify these dry, black spots as flea material by taking a moist paper towel and placing the debris on it. If it bleeds into a red color, some pesky and potentially harmful fleas undoubtedly visited your pet. Pet owners should discuss proper flea control with their veterinarians.

At The Vet House in Richardson, we help families solve their flea concerns so their pets can feel healthy and comfortable again. To learn more about our veterinary services, call us today at (972) 690-8741. 


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