How to Keep Your Dog Free of Fleas

Mom-and-kids-give-dog-a-bathOne of the most important things you can do for your pet as a new dog owner is to keep your pet free of fleas. Since some dogs are allergic to flea saliva and might begin to chew and bite at their skin, it’s important to treat your pet as soon as possible for flea infestation.

This is a three-pronged approach that includes your pet, your house, and the yard. Unless you pay attention to all three of these, you’re likely to experience a re-infestation. Make sure you treat both your pet and his environment for flea infestation and you’ll both be happier for it.

It’s important not to delay treating your dog and his environment against flea infestation once you realize it exists. It doesn’t take long for it to get out of hand. Heat and humidity are your two worst enemies when it comes to flea infestation, so act promptly to avoid having to bomb your home and pet area with flea bombs.

Your veterinarian can provide flea baths, flea treatments and advice that can assist you in getting rid of fleas. Follow the instructions you receive to the letter, particularly because it doesn’t take long for a flea infestation to get out of control.

Scratchex-flea-and-tick-dog-shampooOver-the-counter treatments

For pet owners who only have a minor problem with fleas, using a pet shampoo designed to get rid of fleas and ticks might be all you need. Sold in a convenient 8 fl. oz. bottle, Scratchex Flea & Tick Shampoo for Dogs is designed to kill these pests on contact, so it’s perfect for pet owners whose dogs have picked up a few of these bothersome pests. This particular flea-and-tick shampoo has been blended to deep clean your pet’s coat as it deodorizes and conditions it for a softer feel.

One of the most convenient ways to keep your pet free of fleas is to apply a monthly dose of protection onto your pet’s coat. The products designed for this use are formulated for pets of various weights, so it’s important to find out how much your pet weighs to get the right dose. Underdosing and overdosing your pet can be dangerous, so check to see how much your doggie weighs before you make your purchase.Frontline-flea-and-tick-treatment

A popular brand is Frontline Plus Flea & Tick for Dogs, and it’s available for pets weighing 0-22 lbs, 23-44 lbs, 45-88 lbs, and 89-132 lbs. It’s also available in 3-month, 6-month and 12-month applications.Natural-Chemistry-yard-and-kennel-spray

As an added way of keeping your dog free of fleas, you can use Natural Chemistry Natural Flea/Tick Kennel Spray. Sold in a convenient 24-oz. bottle, this spray is designed to kill ticks and fleas. You can use it safely in a kennel, on your lawn, and even on flowers and shrubs.

 

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  1. One way to see if you have fleas after you have treated the home, pet & pet bedding, is lay some plain white papers on the floor & see how many fleas land on the paper, or you can put on some long white socks walk around a little bit then stand still & see if any fleas land on your socks. You could also put down some mouse glue boards on the floor (lock pet up) and see what all gets stuck on the boards.

  2. If you have fleas, you MUST treat the pet, pet bedding and the home all at the same time. The bedding washed in hot water, the carpet, the furniture should be treated by removing the cushions & treating them & treat the area under the cushions. Move furniture out & treat under them. Treat any curtains or drapes that are lower than 3ft from the floor. Three products that are very good are: 100% food grade Diatomaceous Earth, Chemicals named Demand and Precore 2000. When you treat the yard with Diatomaceous Earth or chemicals, you should treat the shady areas of the yard and under decks plus the area where the pet frequents outside. Remember when using chemicals, be sure to read & follow the label directions and you will be safe with the chemicals. The Diatomaceous Earth can be LIGHTLY sprinkled on the carpeting and then vacuumed up. Vacuum should have a hepa filter so as not to circulate the Diatomaceous Earth back in the air. I would put the earth out when you go to bed for the night and then vacuum up first thing in the morning before every one starts moving about the home. This method will rid your flea infestation, but may have to be retreated in 14 to 21 days if the infestation was bad. If the pet is treated on a regular basis you shouldn't have any or little flea problems.

  3. We are getting a puppy today, so these tips are super helpful. Especially the Yard and Kennel Spray. That looks like a great option to start with for prevention!