Fleas can be the bane of a dog’s and, therefore, your existence. These pests will bite your dog, causing him or her to itch, and they spread diseases such as heartworms or tapeworms to your pet if he or she isn’t treated for them. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to control fleas and keep your dog from being overwhelmed by them.
The best way to keep your pet from suffering with fleas is to prevent them in the first place. Flea prevention starts outside because wild animals and ungroomed dogs can drop fleas and their eggs in a yard as they pass through it. Fleas can drop as many as 100 eggs per day on a lawn or inside your house so treating your lawn and maintaining it is the best way to keep them away from your pets.
Fleas like the underbrush so cut away what you can, which is also a good fire prevention tip, to get rid of their favourite hiding places. Talk to a company about treating the lawn with pet-friendly chemicals to get rid of pests like fleas and ticks or visit a lawn and garden centre to learn how to do so yourself. A beneficial microscopic worm called a nematode can help get rid of pests such as fleas, grubs, and weevils from your lawn and it is safe for your family and pets to be around.
Once your dog has fleas, you need to treat him or her to help get rid of them. Keeping your dog clean with regular baths and grooming will help remove fleas because shampooing your dog will smother fleas and kill them. While you can use shampoos specifically made for treating fleas, you don’t necessarily need them.
Regular dog shampoo will also kill fleas if you leave it on your dog a minute or two longer than normal as it helps to smother the fleas. Also, have your dog sit in the water because fleas tend to congregate around the tail, but if the dog is sitting in water, the fleas will drown. These remedies are harmless and can help get rid of most of the fleas on your dog.
Oral or topical treatments can be used to help discourage or kill fleas already on your pets. Use an oral medicated treat such as Sentinel Spectrum or use medicated wipes to rub on your dog’s fur to help get rid of fleas. Flea powders and sprays are available but you and your pets won’t have to breathe in chemical sprays or powders when using wipes or treats.
Keep Them Away
After bathing and treating your pet for fleas, you don’t want to undo all your hard work by having him or her lay down on a flea-infested pet bed or blanket. Wash your dog’s bedding to drown any fleas on it and, if necessary, use a powder or spray to get rid of any fleas remaining in it. Also, keep your house clean so your dog doesn’t suffer from flea bites.