Fleas can be more than just irritating. Besides the usual itching and scratching, some dogs are extra-sensitive to flea saliva. One bite may be enough to bring on the unbearable itching of flea-allergy dermatitis (FAD). The raw skin is also more vulnerable to bacterial infections, and your dog may get hot spots -- areas of moist infection that spread and can be difficult to control. Puppies or dogs with compromised immune systems can become anemic or even die. Fleas are also carriers for intestinal parasites like tapeworms. If you do suspect that your dog has fleas, it's important to get rid of the infestation as soon as possible.
Also, if you ever feel like getting a cheap laugh in the middle of playing a bunch of songs on your ukulele, proudly announce that you're going to play the shortest song ever written - and lay a soulful version of "My Dog Has Fleas" on 'em.
A bath can serve several purposes if you suspect your dog has fleas. The appearance of fleas in your dog's bath water can confirm their presence on his body. Additionally, using a mild dish soap as a shampoo will kill the fleas on your dog's body, and the bath can help soothe your dog's inflamed skin.
If you suspect, or have confirmed that your dog has fleas, a trip to the veterinarian is in order. Your vet can confirm the presence of fleas, and a fast-acting tablet can kill the fleas that are present on your dog's body at the time of the visit. Your veterinarian can examine your dog and determine which long-term preventive can help you manage the flea population in your home. Your vet also may recommend treatment for your dog's environment, to help manage the fleas that stayed behind while you and your dog were visiting his veterinarian.
So, when you're out trying to tune your ukulele in the real world, you can use the "My Dog Has Fleas" song as a shortcut when you feel that your uke could use a bit of tuning. Let the song "play" in your head - and pluck each of the strings in the order that should produce the little song. Before long, you will be able to get a fair idea of which string is out of tune - because it won't fit with the little song in your head! It's nice to be able to just re-tune the string that's gone out of tune, and using the "My Dog Has Fleas" song as a "reference" can really help you figure out which one to tune, fast!