Man’s best friend sometimes gets visited by certain unwanted friends during the summer and springtime. These friends come in for one mission alone and that is to make life as miserable for the dog as possible. These friends are known as ticks and they do love to suck the blood out of your dog. Fleas are not the usual type of pests due to several reasons chief among which is the fact that they are quite difficult to remove. If these creatures are left for too long or not removed, they can prove to be a disaster for both you and your pet.
The big question many pet owners want answers to bothers on how to get rid of fleas from their dogs. Knowing the signs of fleas is not enough, one also needs to know how to dislodge them quickly. Here are seven tips that should help remove fleas from man’s best friend.
- Immediate treatments
While self-medication may not the best option in any scenario, getting over the counter medication from a Veterinary doctor, online or at a pet store can be quite effective for handling fleas. Such medications can be considered as being quite effective in ensuring that the pests are far away for at least a month.
You should, however, be mindful of the fact that while such treatments may be good, you still have to take great care as regards the one you make use of. As a way of caution, ensure that you carefully go through the attached labels, and if you are not clear about anything, you should go straight to seeing your Vet before you apply.
If you are a dog owner, by now you would have realized that it is not only humans that need shampoo on their heads. Using Shampoos that contain ingredients that are medicated can go a very long way in removing fleas from them as quickly as possible. The good thing about this technique is that it is generally cost-effective.
- Oral Treatments
There are certain drugs available for dogs that should be administered once a month. Such pills are usually quite effective in dislodging immature fleas and usually help in altering their life cycle. The good thing about this approach is that it is quite easy to administer and you do not need to be bothered about cats and children coming close to your dog after application as is the case with spot-on-treatments.
It is, however, important to note that for you to sustain the effect of this approach, you will need to do all that you can to make this a regular practice and that you wash up your dog at least once in two weeks because the effect of the dog soon begins to wear out.
A different approach for topical medication, Flea powders can repel and kill fleas from your pet. You must, however, be very careful when using this powder. You have to be observant to ensure that the powder is properly labeled as a flea powder for dogs and also that it suits the age of your dog. It is also important that you go through the label of the powder to ensure that the powder is for dogs. Some dogs are very uncomfortable with the powder finding its way into their lungs, hence the need to use just small amounts when administering them
Furthermore, ensure that you keep the powder as far away from the eyes and face as possible. Also, you will have to apply the powder more frequently during the peak season. It should be noted that some of the powders can be applied in certain places where your dog frequents and where it sleeps.
- Tick Sprays
This topical medication is known to kill fleas quickly while also giving prolonged protection.
Sprays can generally be used in addition to dips and shampoos and you should also consider using them when going out into the wild where fleas are more common with dogs. You also have to be careful when you are making use of this product around your dog’s face. Also, make sure you do not use it around any animal in your house.
- Get the lawn and House treated
Cleanliness of the environment is one sure way to prevent Fleas from harassing your dogs. Keeping your bushes, lawns, and trees trimmed should help in no small measure to reduce the population of fleas thus giving you fewer reasons to be concerned. You should try out those yard sprayers from your veterinarian, local garden center or pet store.
You must, however, be very careful when using the products as they can prove to be quite deadly to fish, animals and even human beings. It is, however, advisable that you contact the services of an exterminator if you want the ideal results.
- Flea Dips
A dip is simply a chemical that requires been mixed with water before administering it upon the skin of the animal using a sponge or any other means. It should be noted that the treatment is not in any way supposed to be rinsed off after it must have been applied.
Also, due to the usually strong nature of the chemicals used in Dips, you will have to be careful enough to read the labels closely before you use them. Furthermore, you must ensure not to use a dip for younger animals or pregnant dogs. Make sure you enquire from your veterinary doctor before you use this technique for treating the babies and pregnant dogs.
You should also consider keeping your dog indoors more often because the more time it spends on the outdoors, the greater its chances of getting infested with fleas.
In summary, your dog deserves the best and fleas certainly shouldn’t be on the menu. Understanding what your dog wants and going the extra mile to provide the same is one sure way to keep them happy. By applying the aforementioned tips, you will be saving yourself and your dog a whole lot of trouble.