Sept. 3, 2012
-- Did you know that there are over 2000 varieties fleas!? That makes me itchy just thinking about it! There are fleas everywhere and they are a common problem for pet owners. Check for small black pieces of what appears to be dirt, around the fur of your dog to see if dog has fleas. The most common place to find flea dirt is around the dog's belly and ears.
Dog fleas can cause many problems for your dog, causing itching and irritation. It also is a big hassle for the homeowner. The last thing you want is to have fleas all over the house, climbing up your legs and causing your house to become infested. Getting rid of fleas is not an easy task, it takes a certain investment of time and effort to successfully remove fleas from your dog and evict the fleas from your existence.
Flea collars work very well to help prevent fleas and it works great with cats as well. These are available on many good websites. All you have to do is put the flea color around your dog's neck. The dog collar almost instantly begins to work. It uses toxic chemicals to kill off the fleas but don't worry, it's safe for your dog. Topical treatments also work well, available from your local veterinarian or at your favorite online retailer. You simply use a couple of drops of the topical treatment. You put it between the shoulder blades of your dog and it kills off fleas in a few days.
There are also flea powders , oral medications, and flea bath products that you can use to get rid of fleas. I admit, there is a bit of a trial and error process to find the perfect treatment for your dog, as the effectiveness of these treatments can vary from depending on the breed and size of the dog.
Don't forget that if your dog had fleas, your house probably has them now too! You should treat the house ASAP because fleas may have spread from your dog onto the furniture, carpet, or other sections of the home. They can and will make it back onto your dog if the infestation is not taken care of. To make sure it doesn't happen again you should treat the house with sprays, foggers, sprays, powders, or other products to kill any of the remaining fleas and make sure that they don't come back. Hit the road jack and don't come back no more no more no more!
To make sure your dog doesn't get fleas again you should take a few simple steps. You should keep your house flea free by vacuuming the house thoroughly at least once a week. You should also pay close attention to your best friend after bringing him in from a walk outside. It only takes one flea to create a problem, so look over your dog's coat after a walk to see if you can see any fleas. Get rid of them immediately and always keep a flea comb on hand to brush through your dog's fur on a regular basis. This helps prevent a flea problem before it even starts. Check out our website for more great flea tips and great flea products. Be flea free!