The higher the temperature gets, the more anxious I get about fleas. Once the temperature hits the 70 to 90 degree range, conditions are ripe for fleas to hatch.
When you have a dog who is itchy, scratchy and licky in the best of times, fleas make life so much more complicated. Fleas are the most common source of itchiness in a dog, and thus what a vet will zoom in on first. Visit after visit last year, I debated with Spike’s vet what to do about his constant paw-licking, rump-chewing and scratching. I was leaning heavily toward allergy testing.
Our vet focused on flea control. We would turn Spike over and, sure enough, a flea or two could be seen. She pointed out that even if Spike had allergies, we’d still have to deal with the fleas.