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How did my dog get fleas?

August 23, 2016 Category: Parasite education

We hope you never have to ask the question, but if your dog has fleas, you’re probably wondering, “How did all these fleas get on my dog?” Well, we’ve got the answer to that and many of your other flea-related questions covered. Read on to find out.

Where did the fleas come from?

Your dog is at risk for fleas no matter where you live. So he may have encountered the fleas outside, from other dogs or animals, from an untreated pet or from flea eggs and larvae. Fleas particularly like shady areas outdoors and areas inside houses such as in carpets, under furniture and along baseboards.1

How did fleas get on my dog?

They may be wingless, but fleas are incredible jumpers, which makes your dog an easy target.

Why are there so many fleas?

Fleas reproduce very quickly, so it only takes one flea to start an infestation. Within 24 hours of its first blood meal, a flea can begin laying 40-50 eggs per day.1 That’s why it's imperative to kill fleas quickly, before they can lay eggs.

Flea Lifecycle