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Keep Your Dog Flea Free

by Eric Hartwell

No exemption, all dogs ? even the ones staying in a palace ? can be infested with flea, ticks and/or other parasites. However clean your dog is, fleas or ticks can still infest it. We call these pests external parasites and dogs are normally afflicted by these in one way or another.

The Flea Problem

Fleas can easily be noticed for they appear as black specks on a fine toothed comb. Minute they may be, but they can make your dog itch crazy for a flea can bite your dog more or less 400 times a day.

Fleas feed themselves with your dog?s blood and they cannot reproduce without blood. Just imagine, if your dog is inflicted with fleas, you may wake up one morning realizing that your dog is already anemic. Your dog can also catch flea allergy dermatitis, an allergic reaction caused by the fleas? saliva. Surprisingly, fleas act as hosts to tapeworm larvae and as such if fleas are swallowed, your dog may have additional worm problems to contend with.

Fleas? lifespan depends on the climate of the place you live in. In the northern part of the globe, flea and tick season lasts for about four months and about a year in the southern part of the globe.

The Flea Solution

For effective infestation control, treat your dogs early. Depending on the severity of the infestation, you can use topical solutions or other forms of treatment. Just consult your veterinarian for the best treatment that can be used. Remember, a regular mild treatment is safer than an irregular severe one.

Infestation Control for Dogs

Infestation control should start with your dog. For starters, remove all fleas from your dog?s body. You can use shampoos, topical treatments, sprays, collars, and oral medications, depending on what kind of treatment suits your dog. If possible do not use shampoos because dogs groom themselves. Definitely, you do not want your pet to ingest the chemical ingredients of the shampoo. The most recommended treatment method is topical medication. Recommended, too, are oral medication next, sprays and collars.

Area Infestation Control

Next, clean the area where your dog usually stays. It is highly recommended to use vacuum cleaners and wash all rugs and beddings your dog is using. You can use insecticides for a thorough cleaning. If you have a carpet, it is best to spray Borate powder before vacuuming. This way, fleas will be poisoned.

Lastly, treat the lawn and the exteriors of your home. This is necessary if infestation is severe. Regularly trim down your lawn to prevent habitation of fleas so your dogs cannot fleas in the garden.

As a last word, consult your veterinarian before using any treatment. Remember, though, that the best treatment is prevention. Ways of prevention includes regular combing of your dog?s fur, regular bathing using mild shampoo and cleaning of the area where your dog stays. Don?t wait for your dog to be infected before you make a move. It?s not only your dog that will reap the benefits of a clean, flea safe fur and environment. You will, too.

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