Fleas are trouble for everyone, you, your dog, your cat, everyone. And just from the being bitten perspective but cleaning your home after a flea infestation is another hassle. Besides, your dogs have to handle twice the trouble, one the sharp pain of flea bites and second the terrible itch that makes them scratch themselves raw. For a pet owner who has become a victim of fleas, there are two main challenges:
- Treat your scratching suffering pets by getting those nasty little bloodsuckers off them.
- Preventing fleas from terrorizing them again.
Flea solutions for dogs
Flea Comb– Once you are sure that your pet has been attacked by fleas you can start with treatment. The first thing you can do is run a fine-toothed flea comb through your dog’s fur and see if it picks up adult fleas or maybe some flea dirt, that looks like pepper. The flea dirt is actually flea poop that is made up mostly of the dried blood that little creature sucked out of your dog. You don’t necessarily need a comb to see fleas. You can easily spot adult fleas if you separate the hair between your dog’s shoulder blades or at the base of the tail.
Products– Many products on the market can help in flea prevention. You can buy these products over the counter, as long as they’re not combined with heartworm prevention products. Generally, the soap used to bathe dogs act as an insecticide too.
Then there are the fleabites and more problems that come with it. Scratching leads to open sores and other skin problems like rashes that may need professional help if not tended to carefully. In such a case consult your vet before using any product on your dog.
Usually, it’s when your dog develops a skin infection that you need a vet’s opinion. What a vet may prescribe is first a bath with solutions that kill fleas followed by a chemical insecticide designed to kill fleas. One of the common mistakes pet owners make is they use flea prevention products meant for a dog on a cat. Avoid that at any cost since it can be life-threatening. Further, the vet will recommend a suitable type of prevention that will keep fleas from riding on your dog again. Preventive measures are available in different forms:
- Topical products; a liquid or gel applied to your pet’s skin
- Oral medications; taken as a pill or treat
- Flea collars designed to keep fleas away
Be sure to ask your vet questions related to these preventive methods like- How quickly each of these solutions works or How often each needs to be used or How long the treatments last, or How well it works on your dog?
Fleas are not just some insect bites or an unlikeable creature. They can cause serious health issues if not taken care of. Fleas carry the eggs of tapeworms, which is an internal parasite. Some dogs are allergic to fleas and develop flea allergy dermatitis, which leads to hypersensitivity of the skin. If a flea infestation goes out of hand, the bites can cause anemia in puppies due to a dangerous loss of red blood cells.
How to control fleas in your home
The flea treatment is a two-step process. The first step is to treat the ailing pet, and the second is to clean its environment, so it does not get attacked by fleas again. To fleas under control on your pet and in your home, the following methods are helpful.
- Deep sanitation
- Pet treatments- topical, oral, collars
- Indoor and Outdoor House treatments
Sanitation is a simple process. We do not mean the whole covid kind of sanitization, but a lot of vacuuming will do the trick. Clean your home and vacuum all over the place paying special heed to the hot, humid areas where fleas and their larvae might be hiding. Do it simultaneously as you treat your pet so that the left behind fleas or the ones hidden in your carpets don’t find their way back to your pet. Vacuuming forces pre-adult fleas to leave their cocoons.
Don’t empty the vacuum bag inside your home since fleas can crawl out of trash. Instead, empty it outside of your home when you’re done. For further safety, wash the empty canister with hot, soapy water.
The second thing you can do is clean your dog’s bedding regularly, as it will get rid of the flea eggs or larvae that may have fallen on it. Cleaning experts suggest cleaning and vacuum before going to the next step; insecticides.
Consult your vet about which insecticide to use because you obviously would not want a toxic chemical in your home. Your vet can suggest some possible non-chemical methods, too. Although many of these chemical solutions are extremely safe and made to sanitize human and dog environments but a prior consultation can never go wrong. Precaution is better than finding a cure for a chemical-induced allergy or other issues some chemicals may cause.
Treatments for your home are available in many forms, and you can choose what works best for you. From powders for your carpets and the so-called bug bombs that fumigate whole rooms to sprays that can target specific areas, everything is available depending upon the use. All of those constitute chemicals that can kill adult fleas, larvae, and eggs.
Flea treatment is not a one-time process. You can’t dust your hands after one sanitization since forever adult flea on your dog, there are probably 100 immature ones, according to research. It comes down to keeping the dog surrounding clean and hygienic because carelessness and avoidant behavior can be fatal for your dog, your home, and you as well. Consistency in the cleaning program is what you need to have a happy-healthy dog in a happy-healthy flea-free home.