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Hi there. I bathed my golden retriever today and this is what I found on her lower back. I’ve never had an issue with fleas therefore I’m not exactly sure if it’s what it is. I didn’t see any movement but there were several spots exactly like this on her. She is treated every month with the Hartz flea treatment from Walmart, she also wears a flea collar and I bath her with flea shampoo. I did notice her scratching more frequently recently. How could she get them considering she is treated?
 

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Hard to tell from the pics. Fleas will move around when you part the hair, however you will find their poop as dry blood pellets, which will look like dirt. Fleas will "pop" when you squish them between two fingernails.

Fleas like to sit especially on the belly, neck and behind the ears, but in a true infestation they will be everywhere.

If you don't find any life fleas on her then it might be that they will hitch a ride on her and abandon ship or die from the toxins of the flea products.

Could be that you have the infestation in your yard or in your home. Vacuum your rooms really well, especially under your furniture which is where flea larvae will hide under until they emerge as fleas. Throw away your vacuum bags right away, so they don't have the chance to emerge back into your home from there.

You could also try a medicated flea bath and check the water for dead fleas to confirm your suspicion.
 

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Were you able to remove one in order to inspect it under a magnifying glass?

From what I see in the picture I can't tell what it could be.
 

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Hartz flea treatment and flea collars are not very effective. Been there, done that. You need to use one of the Rx treatments from a vet. Yes, they are more expensive, but if you want the job done right, that's what you'll need to do.


What you are likely seeing is flea detritis, or flea poop, to be blunt. It's dark crusty bits because they eat your dog's blood. If your dog is doing any scratching, he likely does have fleas, especially if you find these dark bits around his rear end and in warm spots on his body, where they like to go to lay their eggs. This would be under the front and rear legs, around a female's private bit, under ears (even in the ears), and on the back fold of the neck. If a close inspection finds black peppery-looking flecks, the dog likely has fleas you just haven't seen before. They move the second you part the hair to inspect. Hard to see on a long-haired dog, but not impossible if you look in the warm places on the body.
 
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