Treating Fleas On Your Dog
Filed in Dogs, Fleas and Ticks
If you were to ask most dog owners what they dislike more than anything in the world, chances are they'd say fleas. Fleas are the pests that keep on pestering. They're inside, outside, you name it. When fleas want to eat, they like to set up shop on your dog. Fortunately there are numerous products on the market to help you fight the war against fleas and win.
Does Your Dog Have Fleas?
Fleas are fairly easy to spot. If your dog is scratching incessantly or if they're constantly biting themselves -- specifically around the groin or inner thigh - there's a good chance that your dog has fleas.
The first step you should take is to use a flea comb (a fine toothed comb that grabs fleas) to comb your dog to see how severe the problem is. If you're lucky, your dog won't have fleas at all.
If you do find fleas, you have numerous options as to how you want to rid your dog of this problem.
Shampoos: These are either herbal or pesticidal. Shampoos are popular because you can simply incorporate them into your dog's standard bathing routine.
Collars: This is an easy to use method of flea control. There are dozens on the market. However, you shouldn't just pick out any collar since they vary significantly in effectiveness. Choose carefully! Here's a tip sent in from one of our readers: before putting a flea collar on your pet, snip off the last inch or so and drop it into your vacuum cleaner bag. When you vacuum, you're bound to pick up fleas and their eggs. The collar snipping will deal with the problem right in the bag.
Powders: Powders are another easy way to control fleas. However, they have poor staying power and are better used as a short-term solution to your dog's flea problem.
Dips: These can very effective against fleas, but you shouldn't use any other type of flea control (except flea and tick shampoos) while using a dip. If you do, the dip will essentially be rendered useless.
Sprays: These are also easy to use, but at the same time they're more of a short-term solution.
This may seem like a lot of methods for flea control, but believe it or not there are more, including mousses and topical ointments. The ones listed above are simply some of the most common methods.
However, you must realize that this is just a general list. There are some products which kill fleas only, some kill eggs only, and some kill both. It's up to you to decide how bad your dog's flea problem is and treat it accordingly with the proper type of attack. Most importantly, if you're going to treat your dog for fleas, then you should treat the inside and outside of your house at the same time. After all, if doesn't make much sense to strip your dog of fleas and then have him sleep in a flea infested basket.
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