What To Do When Your Dog Has Fleas

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Identify the Problem

Fleas are common on dogs. You will most likely find fleas as soon as you start looking for them. If your dog has a severe case of fleas, you will probably notice when your dog starts scratching excessively, or when fleas start jumping off your dog’s body and onto yours when you are petting him.

Fleas are common for dogs because they are domestic animals and they don’t groom themselves like wild dogs do. A dog’s coat protects the fleas from the elements and prevents them from drying out. Although there are plenty of all-natural remedies that can be used to get rid of fleas or prevent them from appearing in the first place, it’s important to focus on the habits that your dog has started that have made him easier to infest.

Do you have fleas in your house, but your dog still looks flea-free? That’s most likely because your dog is still the only one bringing fleas into the house. A common trait of fleas is jumping on a host and jumping off and onto another host. This is why most people do not have an infestation in their house, even though their dog has fleas.

Find the Source

Flea eggs are light and it’s very easy for them to end up just about anywhere. For them to infest your home, it’s almost always because you’ve brought them in with you, your pets, or your belongings. It’s wise to assume this until you know better.

Once you’ve discovered the source of your infestation, it’s time to tackle it head on. The preferred treatment by professionals is environmental cleaning. This will involve cleaning all of the carpets and upholstered furniture in your home. Vacuuming and even using a steam cleaner to eliminate any eggs in the fabric will help solve the problem.

After that, some people spray an animal-safe treatment over their carpets and furniture. This helps kill the eggs that are left. It’s also worth cleaning your pets’ beds and wherever they spend plenty of time to make sure that there is no chance the eggs end up there.

Scrub-a-Dub-Dub

Your take on the situation depends on how well you can stand the process of flea control. If you can take the steps necessary to take care of the problem, you might appreciate some flea prevention tips to keep your kitty at a comfortable, pest-free level. Understanding that fleas will always be in your cat’s life, you might find a balance between battling the buggers and accepting them as a part of your life together.

If you’re the type who cannot tolerate a single flea in your home, or if you’re not able to do what it takes to take care of the problem, you might be looking for a “do it for me” option. Which brings us to our next question.

Try Natural Eradication Methods

You may have heard of chemical treatments for fleas, which are not only ineffective but also potentially dangerous to your dog and to the environment. A common solution recommended by veterinarians is to use a combination of flea dips and flea collars until the fleas are gone.

However, you can solve the problem naturally, and say goodbye to toxic chemicals all together. Here are few things you can try that would help your dog get rid of fleas.

Consider Chemical Eradication

If you have been dealing with fleas for some time and have tried flea baths and flea collars as well as vacuuming and some of the other suggestions that are described in this article without seeing results, you should consider using a chemical to kill the fleas.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding the use of chemicals to kill fleas. Some say chemicals are dangerous to humans and animals. Others counter that animals can die a horrible death from flea infestations. My personal opinion is that they are necessary if you have a problem that you can’t handle. They aren’t a health hazard unless you are routinely exposed to very high doses. I have never broken out in hives after working with the chemicals, and I’ve given my dog oral medication that includes them and even eaten flea eggs that landed on my skin. Go to the vet if you think your pet has ingested or been exposed to serious amounts of chemicals.