Finding fleas in your pet
Adult fleas, when present, are found by parting the coat near the base of the tail using either your hands or a flea comb. Most fleas will move or jump when disturbed. If no fleas are seen the next step is to examine for flea dirt, these are dark, pepper-like particles on the surface of your pet’s skin and coat. To find these flea droppings simply moisten a cotton ball, part your pet’s fur and place the cotton ball on the skin over the rump. The particles will attach and turn reddish brown when moistened.
Finally recognising the predictable location of skin disease caused by fleas on your pet will indicate the likelihood that fleas are present in your pet’s environment even if no evidence is found. This is irritation and hair loss in the lower back and tail region in dogs. In cats this skin disease is often more generalised.