There are about 2,500 species of fleas in the world. However, the one that you may see on your dog or cat is, Ctenocephalides felis, or the cat flea. Some of the signs to look for that may indicate that your pet has fleas are scratching, seeing flea dirt (resembles pepper on your pet’s skin), redness to skin, and/or chewing. The area that you may see your dog chewing at is usually the lower back and at the base of the tail. There are several different medications that can be used to help prevent flea infestation. Some are oral medications (given by mouth) or topical treatments (applied to the skin). Talk to one of our friendly staff members to see what option is best for your pet.