How To Keep Your Dog Flea Free
Remember the old adage, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"? It holds true for fleas too. The name of the path is called, ‘prevention’. The best thing to do is to purchase and use a topical flea solution on your dog or cat. Several of the most commonly used ones include Advantage, Seresto, Advantix and Advantus.
Some vets, especially in the south where sandy areas produce a higher amount of fleas and ticks, offer flea dip baths. This is where you can bring your dog to the vets to literally "dip" your dog in a bath of water and a pesticide that kills fleas, ticks, and other pests. Which brings up a rather good point to mention, if you have other animals in your house besides dogs, like say cats, you are going to have to either use prevention, or cure each of them. If you do not take care of all of them at once, the fleas will just "transfer" back and forth from pet to pet and you will have a very difficult time getting rid of them.
Fleas cause your dogs and cats pain and suffering. This comes in the form of itching and inflamed skin, a dull coat, and bald spots. In some rare cases the flea infestation can be so large that they literally drain your dog of too much blood, causing serious health issues. You might see other effects like sluggishness, sickly fevers, and in some extreme cases even forms of paralysis.
Signs of fleas include your dog scratching, biting, and/or nipping certain areas on the body, especially around the base of the tail, belly, crotch area, and around their ears. A close inspection of your pet's skin might reveal little black specs which are usually indicative of flea feces. A fine comb and a white paper product can be used to find evidence of fleas by combing the suspected area and wiping the comb with a paper product.
Once in the middle of a flea infestation, you should attack both the inside and the outside of your house to be effective. Make sure you clean all possible materials upon which fleas and/or eggs may be. This includes bedding (both human and pet), carpets, furniture, and other surfaces throughout the house. Repeated and numerous attacks and vacuum sessions on the carpet and floor coverings of your home are especially recommended.
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As previously stated, prevention is the best approach to stop a flea infestation before it begins.
Use a highly recommended and widely used topical solution that kills all stages of fleas, from eggs to adults, like Advantage, Seresto, Advantix, or Advantus, which can all easily be purchased at an affordable price at any Dirty Dogs and Meow location found online at https://www.dirtydogs.com.