Flea infestation is every dog-parents’ nightmare! These parasites who siphon blood from animals causes nothing but trouble and discomfort to your pet. They feed by sucking your dog’s blood and leaves itchy bites on your poor pet.
Fleas are known to reproduce fast – your dog might not be the only one infested but your furniture can be infested as well. But don’t panic just yet, there are several ways that you can do to keep fleas away.
Give your dog products that kill all types of fleas. Do this on a monthly basis. Check out your local stores to find an array of suitable products that eliminate fleas and prevent them from coming back.
An alternative treatment that you can use is flea collars. However, this type only kills fleas which are just around your dog’s neck and head and not those on areas which are a little farther. Using a flea medallion is not a highly recommended prevention tip by pet experts since it can easily slip into your dog’s water bowl posing chemical contamination when they drink the water.
Using a flea spray or a flea powder is another effective over-all protection. Just make sure to choose a product that is exclusively made for use on pets.
You should also regularly hose down places in your yard where your dog would usually go. Do this especially during warmer months.
Be very observant too and look for clues that indicate flea infestation on your pet. Look for actual bugs and flea eggs.
Do vacuum your house frequently and make sure to pay extra attention to areas where your pet likes to visit for hanging out. You may add a flea collar to the vacuum-cleaner bag so that live fleas and hatching eggs are instantly killed.
Getting rid of fleas
If your dog is already flea infested, bathe him or her. Use a specially formulated shampoo that kills live bugs. The shampoo will take effect only after the bathe.
You can also use a topical solution called the flea dip. However, do not rinse off when using this solution, as your pet can ingest the chemicals in the solution when they lick themselves. Ask for advice from your vet before using this dip as this is not recommended by some experts.
When treating your dog, use only one flea treatment. The chemicals used for treatments against fleas are potent and using a combination of these could trigger an illness in your dog. Seek the advice of your vet before applying treatment.
Keep your house always clean. Launder your dog’s toys, blankets, and beddings in hot water and vacuum your house thoroughly. Cleanliness is the key to keep fleas away.
If necessary, use a flogger since flea eggs are almost resilient to initial treatments. You must also know that there is a high chance for a flea infestation to reoccur. Therefore, you have to do the treatment several times to make sure that fleas are killed.
Choose foggers that are made exclusively for home use, and use them with proper caution. Do not leave anyone or any of your pets inside your house while the fogger is at work. Lastly, follow the instructions correctly on how the fogger is used.