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Rid Fleas - From Your Dog and Home
If you have a dog, at some point you will have fleas as well.
The fleas itself is very small and brown.
They move very quickly and are difficult to swat.
That, however is just the start of problems surrounding a flea infestation.
Here we will learn a little more about fleas and how to get rid fleas from your house.
Fleas feed on blood, yours, your dog's blood, and any other animals in the house..
The life cycle of a flea is four stages from eggs to the flea itself and can move rapidly in the right circumstances.
An adult flea lays hundreds of eggs per day.
Each egg will then become an adult flea, which will give rise to hundreds more potential fleas each day.
Then you can see how just one flea can become a big problem very quickly! So how can we tell if our dogs have fleas? A dog with a fleas will tend scratch almost constantly, especially in these places: the ears, the base of the tail, the belly, and the the skin between its leg and belly.
It's actually the saliva of the flea that causes the irritation, not the bite itself, and some dogs have a genuine allergy to this saliva (as opposed to a standard irritation).
Dogs with allergies suffer much more significant negative reactions to a flea infestation, and usually develop "hot spots".
These are areas of sore, red, skin caused by the flea saliva and can bleed and become infected easily.
Constant scratching may cause the dog to develop bald spots too.
To check for fleas, groom your dog with a fine toothed flea comb (available from vets, petstores or pharmacies).
While you are combing his fur you may notice flea droppings - like tiny black pepper grounds.
This can be confirmed by wiping the comb onto some kitchen paper.
The spoor should look red when smeared on the paper.
If your dog does not show signs of having fleas then preventative action is the sensible thing to do If you are reading this article out of curiosity and your pet does not have a fleas problem, then this is what to do: Scheduled flea treatment is the best prevention.
Use prescribed treatment products according to a calendar and stick to the schedule.
Your vet will recommend the best product for your size and weight of dog.
OK, so maybe its a little late for that and you have identified that the dog has a flea problem.
Well, actually, you have a household problem that you will need to deal with but the important thing is not to panic just work through the steps methodically and you will succeed.
Also remember there is no shame in getting a flea infestation, it can happen to anyone with a pet.
You will need to treat your dog and his bedding.
You will also need to treat all of the house - your carpets, bedding as well as fleas will be present throughout the house and yard.
If your dog already has fleas, you have two options: 1.
You can 'bomb' the house.
Although you may feel like it we are not talking 'explosives' here.
They are pesticide products which are called 'foggers' which coat each room, and the yard, in a fine mist or dusting of pesticide.
You can also use special anti-flea sprays for the surfaces in the house and garden.
Although you will succeed in ridding the home of fleas, this method is far from ideal as the stuff you are filling your house with is toxic.
Many people leave the home for a few days when bombing as there can be severe allergic reactions to the pesticides both for humans and pets.
A healthier alternative is to target the dog with a topical anti-flea solution prescribed by the vet and at the same time thoroughly (very thoroughly - every day) clean the house.
This means you will need to vacuum each room completely each day (it's a good idea to place a flea collar in with the vacuum bag to kill any fleas that get sucked up).
You will need to wash the dogs bedding at least every two days until the problem has gone and you will need to change and wash your bedding each day as well as cushion covers and other soft furnishings.
Eventually, groom your dog again and check that the problem is going or has gone.
Then start on the preventative treatments mentioned earlier.
There are one or two things to remember:
- Do not use more than one flea treatment on your dog at any one time.
This could make your pet quite ill.
- If there are other animals like cats in the house, they will have to be treated too
- Be consistent.
If you get halfway through getting rid of the fleas and stop, then they will be back in full force again soon.
Remember not to panic and just follow through with the method you have chosen.