Fleas - A Bigger Problem Than You Think

Helping You Get the Most From Your Hunting Dogs

Fleas - A Bigger Problem Than You Think

As the owner of a hunting dog, there’s a good chance that at one time or another, you’ve had to deal with fleas. This is for good reason, as the nation’s hunting grounds often provide ideal breeding conditions for these biting pests, leaving unprotected dogs susceptible to their attacks. And while the discomfort that a flea infestation can cause to both dogs and humans is well known, less understood is the potential danger fleas pose to your dog’s health.

Skin conditions, anemia and more.
There’s a good chance that the words Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) don’t mean anything to you. But to your veterinarian, FAD is the number-one skin condition plaguing dogs—and its only cause is the allergic reaction created when flea saliva comes in contact with a dog’s skin. In addition to FAD, fleas can plague hunting dogs with a host of other secondary skin infections.

Even more dangerous than FAD, though, is the anemia that fleas often cause in puppies and older dogs. In extreme cases, some heavy infestations have induced anemia severe enough to cause death.

Fleas transmit dangerous tapeworms.
Some tapeworms, like the D. caninum, are only spread through fleas. Often times, when a dog becomes infested, it consumes fleas orally while scratching bites. This everyday action can introduce tapeworms into its system, causing potential abdominal discomfort, weight loss and gastrointestinal disturbances. In addition, these nasty worms rob dogs of important nutrients, sapping energy and vitality.

Always treat your dog with topical flea protection.
While the discomfort and potential danger posed by fleas can be quite scary, there’s an easy solution. The year-round use (administered monthly) of a water-resistant topical, like the K9 Advantix™ product from Bayer, aggressively protects dogs from fleas. In addition, K9 Advantix also repels and kills ticks and mosquitoes. Taking this simple step to protect your dog can save it from a lot of potential harm down the road.

For more information on keeping your hunting dog free from fleas, check www.K9advantix.com.

We want your input: