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How To Properly De-Flea Your Dog

Updated on July 19, 2011

Does Your Dog Have Fleas?

Many people don't realize that their dog has fleas or other skin problems. Sometimes its hard to know if your dog has fleas, but there are many signs you can be on the watch for. Dogs tend to scratch themselves more when they have fleas, but the scratching itself isn't the only sign to watch for. Dogs with long hair might scratch themselves just because of their hair or from dry skin. A dog with long hair can easily get dry skin, because the hair keeps moisture away from the skin, thus drying it out.

Here are a few signs to absolutely know if your dog has fleas:

1.) Your dog scratches its back, behind the ears or next to their groin. Fleas usually bite in these areas more than other areas of the body.

2.) Your dog rolls around on its back, scratching its entire body. This might also be a sign of other skin problems, dry skin or a dog just enjoying him or herself.

3.) Your dog won't stop bites at their back or groin. Usually a dog will scratch using its paw, but for pesky and constantly biting fleas, the dog will try to rid them by biting at them.

4.) You can examine your dog's skin and look for dirt or dirty areas. These dirty spots can actually be the waste from the fleas. If you drop a few droplets of water on the dirt spot and then take a paper towel to the spot, if it turns red then you know your dog absolutely has fleas.

Once you know for a fact your dog has fleas and not a skin rash or dry skin you will want to treat the dog. Especially important, if your dog is an indoor and outdoor dog you will need to treat the house, carpet, dog bed and furniture to make sure the flea problem is taken care of properly. (Tip - Save money buying your dog flea medication with petmeds coupon codes. Buy your dog flea medication for 6-12 months at a time, this will also save on shipping cost.)

Cute dog without fleas
Cute dog without fleas

Treating Your Dog For Fleas

Treatment of fleas is one of the most important steps because if you get this wrong, the fleas will be back.

1.) Be sure to thoroughly vacuum your entire house and even vehicle, if your dog travels with you. This will kill or get rid of any remaining adults and eggs, thus helping to reduce the number of fleas in your house. By vacuuming your entire house, you will eliminate about 50% of flea eggs. This is a process you will want to do a few times a week, until you have a handle on your flea problem. Be sure to seal the vacuum bag in a plastic bag, to keep any alive fleas from escaping.

2.) You will need to use products that will kill any adult fleas, not only in your house and car but also fleas that may be on your dog or other animals. There are flea killing products for carpets, which come in the form of powders, sprays and foggers or bug bombs.

A bug bomb usually will kill all fleas and eggs, but if you have an outdoor dog, the flea infestation can be easily started again. That is why its important to not only kill the fleas inside your house but to also treat your dog or other animals with safe and approved flea killing formulas. These type of formulas can be found at any pet store or what we do is buy all of our flea medications online. This way we can save money by using petmeds coupons at 1800 Petmeds. You might have a preferred pet store or service, but wherever you buy your flea medications from, be sure they kill and keep fleas off your dog.

3.) Be sure to wash your dogs bedding on a weekly basis and to treat the surrounding area. Most fleas will hangout wherever your dog is, which is usually the dog bed.

4.) If you do travel with your dog in your vehicle, be sure to treat not only your vehicle but the pet carrier, garage or other places your dog might go, such as basements, attics or an outside dog house.

If you follow these steps, you should see your dog's flea problems eventually going away. Getting rid of a flea infestation can be difficult, but if you don't let it get out of control and keep on top of the situation, it will cost less and your dog will be happier and live a healthier life.

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      Dog flea. I have always problem de flea my dog. Well since now certainly not :)

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      ThePetGuy 6 years ago

      Yeah its Flea season here were we live. The one reason why we look forward to the end of the summer.. less fleas or the hassle of dealing with fleas!

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      wealthmagazine 6 years ago

      Good tips on de-fleaing your dog. I have 2 dogs and we deal with flea and ticks down here in Florida!

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      scss 6 years ago

      nice lens! thanks for dropping by my lens, much appreciated.