22 Oct 2012
Sand fleas are a different and more dangerous type of fleas. Sand fleas are commonly found at ocean beaches or other sandy areas. They generally do not infest homes but you or your pet can encounter them while vacationing at the beach.
Sand fleas are a lot more dangerous than regular fleas because these critters can attach themselves to a host and then burrow under their skin. Sand fleas are about a millimetre in thickness so understandably, they are hard to spot.
Sand fleas generally can attach themselves to you or your pet. Once they start burrowing under the skin, you’ll feel a searing pain. They bite often as they feed on the blood of the host and that can cause sharp, unbearable pains.
Sand Flea Bite Symptoms
If you are not sure whether you or your dog is a victim of a sand flea bite, then here’s a list of several symptoms that indicate the presence of sand fleas:
If you see black or dark coloured spots under the skin, that could indicate the presence of a sand flea. There’s a chance that the black spots under the skin are where the sand fleas have attached themselves to the host
High body temperature
Sometimes your dog might have a fever running if she’s suffering from sand flea bite
Mosquito-bite like swelling
Sand flea bites often look a lot like mosquito bites so if you notice any swellings that look like mosquito bites, in addition to the other symptoms, chances are you’ve uncovered a sand flea bite
White nodules around the area of the flea bite
You might notice white nodules around the area where the sand flea has burrowed under the skin
Your dog might start scratching the affected area incessantly
Sand Flea Bites Treatment
Treating sand flea bites at home is not a good idea as these parasites generally get under your pet’s skin as they attach themselves to the dog. You could hurt your pet very badly if you amateurishly try to pull them out yourself. The best course of action to take in this situation is to take your dog to a veterinary doctor and have the flea bite looked and treated over there.