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Oh Those Fleas: Fleas on Dogs

Does your dog have fleas? Fleas on dogs can drive furry family members to total distraction and drive owners nuts with the constant scratching and biting.  Fleas tend to be a problem for any dog that goes outside; there doesn’t seem much you can do to avoid these pesky insects. Thankfully a number of solutions are available to fight a flea infestation.

fleas on dogs

Fleas On Dogs

If you find fleas or signs of fleas on your dog (use a damp paper towel to rub your pet, flea dirt will turn a reddish brown when wet), then fleas will no doubt be in your house too.  The vacuum is one of the best enemies of the flea as it can aid in eliminating the eggs and young that may be lurking in your carpet.  When dealing with fleas on your dog, base your action plan on how your dog is reacting (some dogs are more allergic to the bites than others and the resulting dermatitis can cause harmful scratching and biting).

Many people are not eager to use chemicals on their pets or to treat their household. In that case a flea comb, a soapy bath and a vacuum will be your best tools. Sprinkle Borax on your carpets before bedtime, vacuum it up in the morning, and clean all your dog crates and beds. Tea tree oil works well on itchy flea bites.

If you are okay with going the chemical route to treat fleas, stick with vet-approved prescription strength spot treatments for your dog’s itching.  Speak to your vet to see which brand of treatment they recommend.  These treatments attack the fleas’ ability to reproduce.  You may need to keep dealing with the itching for awhile afterward.

You may need to look at tougher chemicals if vacuuming and other natural remedies are not working. Make sure any chemical flea treatments contain an insect growth regulator (IGR). As a last resort, contact a professional pest control company. They should explain how to properly protect your home, humans and pets from any chemical they use. A good pest control company should also guarantee that only one treatment will be needed.

What is your best advice for treating fleas on dogs?

 

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