Dog Fleas: How to Prevent and Treat Them

Dogs truly are our best friends; they’re with us through thick and thin, sharing our pain, happiness, and our home. This explains why adopting a dog is one of the best decisions one can make!

You might have already heard about all the different ways they can positively affect a person’s health, and they’re true: they help us relieve stress and anxiety, they keep us active with daily walks, and they even help us with our social life when we meet other dog-loving people.

Be that as it may, there’s also a threat from being too close to our dogs and sharing a home together: catching diseases from them. As odd as it may sound, something as common as the flea can turn itself on us too, even though it prefers hosting on our four-legged friends. Though rare, some of the diseases it can carry are bubonic plague, typhus also known as murine typhus, and even tapeworm.

Yes, these tiny acrobats can be just as troublesome as ticks. Before you know it, you could find yourself with serious flea infestation in your home! Here’s what you should do to avoid such scenario:

dog with collars on his neck

Get the Needed Supplies

Given the vast array of options at the specialised pet stores, you can choose based on the form of product you want, and the problem you’re addressing. You don’t have to wait for the warning signs like continuous scratching, biting and licking to get the right set of dog supplies online created to eliminate the little jumpers.

Though adult fleas are the main problem, you can’t forget to check for and get rid of eggs, larvae and pupa too, so besides getting products for your Fido, look for IGR (Insect Growth Regulators) for your home as well. Thanks to innovation and technology, there are more and more products emerging on the market that can solve the issues in a short period of time, which is the case with the tasty Bravecto chewable tablets that can prevent fleas and even ticks for three months. There are also tablets that can treat adult fleas, and those that are suitable for the larvae and eggs.

As for repellents, if you want to get a product that’s two-in-one, i.e. good for your pup and your home, some sprays can be applied on a dog’s coat as well as its comfortable dog bed, bedding and carpet.

If you don’t want to take your chances when you’re out for walks either, the solution lies in acquiring dog supplies like ingenious flea and tick collars that don’t only repel the creepy crawlies around the neck, but with an active ingredient inside kill any fleas and eggs too. Some of the latest designs of this type of collars can even provide an eight-month protection as the ingredient reaches the dog’s coat and bloodstream, so you won’t have to resort to tricks like hiding tablets in treats.

taking care of a dog

Check Your Dog for Fleas Regularly

Given that the life cycle of the little jumpers can vary from weeks to months depending on the conditions (they thrive in warm climates), you have to make it a habit to check your pet is flea free. This is especially important if your dog doesn’t live inside the home mostly but tends to sleep outside too, and spends some time around other dogs.

Along with buying the bits and pieces of dogs supplies online to prevent and treat fleas, you have to get in the habit of regularly checking for them. To do so you’d have to include a special fine-tooth flea comb as part of your set of tools for dog grooming at home  and comb through your dog’s coat at least once or twice a week. Early detection is key!

cleaning the carpet in the living roomClean Areas Fleas Like

Same as you’d take care of your dog, combing and cleaning it on a regular basis, it’s necessary to do so with the areas in your home and yard that fleas are fond of. For instance, inside they can be hiding in the carpet, upholstery of your sofa and dog bed, and even the bedding in your bedroom.

This is why you ought to vacuum as often as you can, preferably with a powerful vacuum cleaner, and a steam cleaner at that considering fleas don’t like the combination of heat and soap. Washing the bedding is also a must, more so if you suspect an infestation in which case it might even be better to get a new set of bedding altogether.

As for the yard, areas like the lawn and debris are their favourites, so remember to rake often, and check around for debris and clean it. If your dog likes to spend time lying under bushes and flower beds, be sure to inspect them too. Prevention is always better than curing!

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