dog has fleasDoes your dog have fleas? Now that the weather is warmer, pet owners are already contacting the staff at Whitworth Animal Clinic to talk about fleas. Fleas commonly come out in the early springtime, especially once the temperature at night stays steadily in the 40s and 50s. Though these pests can certainly be a bother to pets, as well as their owners, there is a greater concern associated with fleas that all owners should be aware of. Though you may not realize it, the presence of these teeny insects can lead to a worm infestation, which can be a dangerous,  even deadly condition.

How Does a Pesky Flea Lead to a Worm Infestation?

Most people will just see a flea invasion as a headache to be controlled, not considering that it can be dangerous condition. Most pet owners aren’t aware that these tiny pests can carry eggs from a number of other creatures including tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. When your dog swallows a flea, generally when they are itching and biting their skin, they inadvertently swallow the eggs. Over the following weeks, these eggs grow, hatch, and before you know it, your dog has a very serious problem that needs to be addressed quickly.

What are the Symptoms of These Intestinal Parasites?

Though each different type of parasites might have specific symptoms, if your dog is suffering from tapeworms, roundworms, or other common intestinal parasites, you might see some of the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody stool
  • Weight loss
  • Dry hair
  • Vomiting


You also might be able to actually see the worms in your pet’s vomit or stool, though all types of parasites will not be visible. The only way to tell if your dogs has hookworms or whipworms, for instance, is by looking at the stool microscopically.

Does Your Dog Have Fleas? Get Your Flea Control from the Experts

Many pet owners, when they see the signs of a flea problem, will rush to the pet supply store and pick up some over the counter shampoo, powder, collar, or other device. Unfortunately, these treatments are not as effective as you might think. Instead, it is recommended that you contact our team at Whitworth Animal Clinic and let us take a look at your itchy pet. We will be able to evaluate the situation and suggest a treatment that will not only get rid of the fleas, but also can check for signs of worms. We can also recommend products to ensure that flea eggs are eradicated in your home, so re-infestation doesn’t occur. Contact us today for more information on flea or worm control.