Here’s How to Manage Fleas
Fleas are a common threat to pets because they feed on the blood of dogs and cats to survive. After feeding, female fleas can lay eggs, by the thousands, worsening the situation and making the problem harder to eradicate. As a responsible dog owner, you must get familiar with the flea management basics to keep your furry friend safe from these nasty parasites.
The Best Approach to Flea Management Is Prevention.
Dogs get fleas from the environment. If fleas infest the area they play or sleep in, your dog will promptly catch them. Before bringing a new puppy home, make sure you are bringing him into a clean pest-free home. Inspecting a puppy when you first get him is also important. That way you can identify if he has a flea problem before eggs spread over your home making your pup prone to repeated infestation.
Since wild animals, like chipmunks, often carry fleas, it is essential to keep them out of your yard or any other space your dog will hang out in. It is something important to consider when taking your dog outdoors to parks or other open spaces where these wild animals roam freely, possibly spreading flea eggs or larvae all over the place. Be especially cautious of areas with dense vegetation and tall grasses.
After spending time in such environments, inspect your pet for fleas. Symptoms are easy to spot. If fleas have infested your dog, it will likely begin to scratch and bite himself to relieve the itching they produce. By identifying the problem promptly, you can manage the situation before it becomes harder to deal with.
My dog has fleas, now what? Here are some flea management tips you can apply:
Act promptly. The longer you take to begin treating your dog, the more the fleas can spread and the higher the risk of your dog getting a flea-transmitted disease. Getting rid of flea infestations quickly is of the essence to your dog’s health.
Treat your dog effectively. There is a wide variety of flea treatment options in the market. Many topical treatments can kill both fleas and their eggs, helping you eradicate the problem at once. Effective treatments also come in the form of pet shampoo and sprays.
After killing the fleas, take measures to repel them and prevent a repeat attack. Special tick repellant collars are available to help keep ticks away while you eliminate them from your pet’s environment.
Finally, it is essential to deep clean your home. Anywhere your dog has been, could harbour fleas. Make sure rugs, pillows, couches and your dog bed and toys are thoroughly disinfected and pristine. Your cleaning routine should include floors, walls and any other surface your dog could reach. Flea control products are available for this purpose.
Once your home, yard and pet are free from fleas, keep them under watch for a few days to make sure the problem is under control. Taking them to get checked by the vet is always a great choice if you suspect something is wrong with your beloved pup.