Are your dogs troubled by fleas? If yes, when you decide that you want to treat the dog fleas time is very essential. There is a high possibility that your home can have fleas, too. If you have seen your dog biting and licking itself, there is a higher possibility that your dog has fleas. First examine your dog to see any signs of fleas, if you don’t see actual fleas, then look for flea poop. Fleas are jumping organisms, with flattened bodies and have got no wings.
Here are some of the ways that you can use to treat fleas from your dog. Yard flea treatments can be as effective as ones that you place on your animal if done properly.
TREAT YOUR PET
There are many pesticides in the market that will aim adult fleas and their larvae as well. Eliminating the larvae is necessary to ensure that you dog remains flea-free. When looking for the best pesticide ensure that it contains the active ingredients such as methoprene or pyriproxyfen, these are larvae-killing chemicals. Dogs are not supposed to be bathed for five days before or after the treatment.
This is because many spot-on medications move into the fat layer on your dog; this makes their bodies unfriendly to fleas and their larvae. If they are give a bath to close to treatment, the oils that take the medication into their fat layer will not be enough. If they are washed too soon after medication, the medication may be washed away.
If you dog have got fleas, apply the treatment immediately. Over-the-counter flea killers will help to get rid of those fleas. The dog can be given a bath using flea killing shampoo after a week. Flea shampoo can be applied to your dogs’ tender skin directly. Be gentle on the dog’s skin when treating them because fleas cause a lot of itching for your dog.
When applying the treatment and also giving the bath, you can comb the dog’s fur using a flea comb. If you scoop up eggs or fleas drown them in soapy water.
TREAT YOUR HOME
First systematically, vacuum your entire house, even the hard surfaces. Seal the vacuum bag in a plastic and dispose it away. Put a flea collar in the vacuum bag so a to kill the fleas and their eggs. Flea collars highly contain chemicals.
Just before you vacuum, you should sprinkle a layer of borax onto carpets, that you suspect that they might have fleas. Leave them there overnight then dispose them. Borax is a non-toxic and effective way to get rid of fleas. Wash your dog’s bedding in hot water.
If you don’t get rid of the fleas then call an exterminator. Exterminators are good at handling chemicals that they use to eliminate fleas. If it is expensive to hire an exterminator, you may use a spray or a fog kit. Take care because some chemicals to kill fleas are highly dangerous.
PREVENT FUTURE INFESTATIONS
Preventing infestations is one of the best ways to get rid of fleas. Treat your dog on monthly bases using a veterinarian prescribed spot on flea repellent. You may also consider permitting your dog to put on a flea collar when they are playing outdoors. You should remove the flea collar while they are indoors.
Use flea-killing shampoos, even when you don’t actual see fleas on your dog. If the flea-killing shampoos are unfriendly on your dog, you may add some drops of lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree to unscented castile soap. Adding garlic and brewer’s yeast to your dog’s food can aid to repel fleas.