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Problems with Fleas on Dogs? How to Treat, Kill and Prevent them from Harming Your Pet

By Iren Georgieva Subscribe to RSS | December 23rd 2011 | Views:
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If there’s one thing that pet owners dread, it is none other than flea infestation. Once your pet gets infected with fleas, it will incessantly scratch its skin. It may also develop tapeworm, become lethargic and acquire other diseases as a result of its blood being sucked as it serves as a host to fleas.

Sometimes, it wouldn’t even matter how well you groom your dog. As long as it passes through an area where there are fleas, the pesky insects can easily jump on the dog’s body and start feeding on its warm blood. Even the simple act of interacting with other dogs may expose your pet to have fleas on dogs.

3-Step Process on Eliminating Fleas: Treat, Kill, Prevent

Now, what are you supposed to do in case your dog does get infected with fleas? There is a three-step process that you can follow: treat, kill and prevent. Here are the details on how you can do just that:

1. Treating fleas.

The first thing that you need to do is determine whether your pet is infected with fleas on dogs. Do you see it scratching its body more often than usual? Is your dog less than active? Do you see reddish or bald spots on its coat? Once you start noticing these symptoms, your dog may be infected with fleas. To confirm whether its body is being infested or not, use a flea comb which you can gently run through the dog’s coat. Once you see small insects being combed along with the strands of hair, then you need to look for a treatment right away.

There are over-the-counter flea medications that you can use, although you can always rely on the prescription of a veterinarian. This is especially helpful if the infestation is already at an advanced stage.

2. Killing fleas.

Next comes the process of killing fleas on dogs. After treating the body of your pet from the infestation, the next thing that you need to do is rid your home of adult fleas and flea eggs. These insects reproduce at a rapid pace and if you do not vacuum your carpet or spray insecticide on your front lawn where your dog frequents, you can have a re-infestation anytime.

To prevent this from happening, make sure to clean your home inside and out, especially if your dog freely roams around every room in the house. Vacuum carpets, wash the beddings, disinfect all the toys and other fabrics which came in contact with the skin of your dog, etc. Be as thorough as you can so that you can eradicate all traces of fleas.

3. Preventing fleas from re-infesting your home.

Finally, you can use products which prevent insect re-growth. Ask the veterinarian about medications or sprays which you can use both at home and on your pet to prevent fleas from growing back. It may sound like a long and arduous process, but if you want to finally rid your home and your pet of fleas, all your efforts in treating, killing and preventing them from re-infesting your home will all be worth it in the end.

Iren Georgieva - About Author:
If you need to know more about how to deal with fleas and what products to buy visit this site - (loppemiddel is the term in Danish).I recommend you in addition to that to read more about fleas and products (loppemidler til hunde in Danish).

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