Where does my dog get fleas?

Dog Fleas

Dogs can catch fleas just about anywhere. Here are some of the most common ways your dog can pick up these pests.


Dogs Get Fleas From Other Animals

Dogs’ social nature may work against them when it comes to flea control. The most likely way your pet will meet fleas is through exposure from other animals. Fleas can easily jump onto your dog from carriers in close range and start up a new colony.


So which flea-infested animals are a danger to your dog? The variety is unfortunately very wide ranging. Dogs can contract fleas from feral animals, as well as other household pets, including cats. Though the dog flea, Ctenocephalides canis, prefers to subsist on dog blood, cat fleas do not discriminate and will happily start up a colony on your pup. Common house mice will also spread their fleas to your dog, if not directly, then by infesting areas around your home.


Outdoor animals that carry fleas include:

  • foxes
  • rodents
  • birds
  • ferrets
  • squirrels
  • rabbits
  • deer

Dogs Get Fleas From Your Home

Fleas have a knack for hitchhiking from place to place, and they can enter your home in many ways. Animals, such as wild mice, can introduce fleas to your indoor environment, and just a single flea that sticks around can start up a nasty infestation. Humans can also bring fleas into the home via their clothing and shoes.


Fleas can also spread into your home through infested bedding, rugs, blankets, and plush toys. If you purchase these household items second-hand or receive them as hand-me-downs, make sure that flea eggs are not present before bringing them into your home.


Dogs Get Fleas From Dog Facilities

Indoor locations that other pets frequent can also be a flea free-for-all. Be cautious when choosing a groomer, pet boarding, or doggie day-care. You can always ask about flea outbreaks and how they manage flea control before you expose your pet to their environments.


Dogs Get Fleas Outdoors

Fleas can survive outdoors for long stretches of time, especially during warm, humid weather. They tend to hang out in cool, shady places, and can successfully lay eggs there. Whether it’s your yard or other places your pet visits, potential flea infestation is fair game wherever the parasites take up residence.


Here are some of the places your dog can meet fleas outside:

  • Dog run or park
  • Back garden
  • Kennels
  • Dog houses
  • Under the hedges
  • Neighbouring gardens


We recommend year-round protection so as that your dog does not get an infestation. If your dog and your house become infected it can take up to 6 months to get rid of these parasites. Prevention is far better than cure. Talk to us today about protecting your dog against fleas.