Fleas can be more than just a nuisance. Fleas can cause a number of health problems for your Dal.
- A flea’s bite can cause skin allergies, and Dalmatians are prone to allergies.
- Flea saliva can cause dermatitis, a skin problem which causes severe itching.
- If your Dal happens to swallow an infected flea, the flea could transmit parasites such as tapeworms.
- A severe flea infestation can lead to more serious problems, such as anemia.
Fleas can be a problem despite the weather temperatures because they can live indoors for a long time.
The life cycle of the flea lasts three to four weeks, but if temperature and humidity are not perfect, they can lie dormant. Undeveloped fleas can survive in carpeting and pet bedding for up to six months and sometimes longer.