Your cat or dog is constantly scratching and biting themselves especially in areas such as neck, thighs and around the tail. Is it merely a skin infection or could it be fleas feeding off their back? Before you take your pet to the vet, there are a couple of ways to check for fleas in your home.
- Can you see fleas crawling on your pet’s coat? They are normally reddy-brown and about 2mm long.
- Check the hindquarters of your dog or the head and neck of your cat. These are the areas that are targeted and where you might see signs of flea activity.
- Carefully look at your pet’s skin for fine black droppings. This is ‘flea dirt’ or adult flea faeces and looks like ground black pepper. A good way to spot it is to use a flea comb over a sheet of white paper, which makes it easier to see the small black specks.
- Another sign of a problem is flea dirt on pet bedding, carpets or rugs.