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What to do if your dog has fleas?

Updated on February 24, 2010

We love our dogs but ticks, fleas and other parasites love our dogs too. Flea infestation is a common concern of dog owners. No matter how careful a pet owner is, there is always a big chance that the dog will be infested with fleas. This parasite is highly transferable. A flea-free dog can be infested when it sniffs a dog in the park or when it lays down on the ground other dogs have lain before. Most owners would use products that would eliminate the fleas from the dog. However it must be considered that fleas will also be in the environment, on the carpet, on the furniture, on the yard and most especially on the dog’s beddings. Therefore it is important to treat the dog as well as the house.

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Eradicating the fleas from the house

At the height of a flea infestation, only about 5 % of the fleas can be found on the dog, 95% would be on the dog’s environment. These fleas must be removed immediately. Thorough vacuuming is necessary to remove the live fleas, the eggs, the larvae and the pupae. Fleas in the developing stage can not be killed by insecticides. Spray the surroundings with insecticides giving particular attention to the places where the dog hangs out. Choose one that has an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR).

Flea shampoo, Flea dips and powders

Flea baths would kill a big number of fleas on your dog. Just be sure to read and follow the instructions carefully. Apply the shampoo on the neck area first to block the escape route of the fleas. Shampoo the rest of the body and wait a few minutes before rinsing. The flea bath will kill the flea but not the eggs therefore the process has to be repeated.

Flea medications

Topical ointments, oral medications, sprays that are designed to be absorbed by the skin are all purported to eliminate flea infestation. Some medications would have great effects though some would be dangerous for the dog. For your pet’s sake don’t be tempted to try over the counter medications. Always ask for the recommendation of the vet.

Natural ways of eradicating dog fleas

Chemicals could have harmful effect not only on dogs but also on humans. If you are skeptical of using chemical products to eliminate the fleas you can try using natural home remedies. Some pet owners attest to the efficacy of garlic and brewer’s yeast. These are added to the dog’s diet. Rosemary, eucalyptus, fennel are only some of the herbs that are used as flea repellents.

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