3. Fleas and Ticks

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Treating you dog with a good dog flea treatment is essential

Dog scratching on the ground needs a dog flea treatmentIf your dog has fleas, it’s very important for their health (and your home!) to get rid of them. First off, they tend to be incredibly annoying for both your dog, and for the people around them. They can cause severe skin itching and infections, especially from scratching at them. Lastly, they can transmit diseases and tapeworms. It’s incredibly important that, once you’ve established your pup is infested, that you find an effective dog flea treatment before the situation gets out of control.

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How do I tell they have fleas?

First sign would be if your dog is scratching and biting itself, especially around their head and tail. They may develop bald spots in their fur due to scratching, as well as their skin getting irritated from the bites. You aren’t immune either, the fleas may spread to the furniture, your clothes, and you. Flea bites often show up as small bumps and an itching rash.

Some Effective Dog Flea Treatment Methods

As they say, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Keep a close eye on your canine, especially during the summer and early fall, this is flea season. Give your pet a bath on a regular basis, at least once every week to 2 weeks. This should help to wash away any fleas that have gained a foothold and laid eggs.

Consider getting a dog flea treatment such as a flea collar as well, they’re one of the oldest, most effective ways to prevent fleas. Additionally, they’re available at just about any pet store. Just be sure to pick the right one for your dog by reading the instructions carefully.

Chemical Dog Flea Treatment

There are a wide range of chemical dog flea treatment options available, which include anything from topical medications, drops and sprays, and creams, to oral medications. Ask your veterinarian about some of the most common brands, such as Frontline, Advantage, and Sentinel. They are all highly effective treatment methods.

Once you begin treating your pet for fleas, remember that the fleas aren’t just hiding on your pet. They’re hiding all around you, in your carpeting, your furniture, your bedding, and your clothes. Effective treatment includes treating all these high rish areas to be sure that you don’t get a resurgence.

Don’t attempt to purchase these dog flea treatments on your own, instead be sure to consult a veterinarian. They will inform you of the different options in treatment available, and make a safe choice based on your dog’s weight, age, and history.

Herbal Dog Flea Treatment

One of the oldest and most effective “natural” ways to prevent fleas  is to add a bit of garlic to your pet’s meals. This is a time tested means. A little sulphur, or black walnut hulls (available in many health food stores) will not only help with fleas, but other pests such as ticks and mosquito. These are all slow acting solutions that can take a month or 2 to notice any effect. You can also read our post about natural flea repellent to find more information about natural ways to fight fleas.

To learn more about dog flea treatment tips and other infestations in dogs, visit Heartworm Medicine.

A case for the use of a natural flea repellent

When you dog has fleas, it is pointless to treat your dog without treating your house as well. Remember that the dog’s environment can become a big reservoir of fleas if not treated. For each parasite you find, there are probably 9 other ones hiding in your dog’s hair or in the house! Knowing that each female flea lay up to 30 eggs per day, that will hatch and reproduce within 3 weeks, needless to say that a good house and dog treatment is essential to avoid recurrence of the flea problem. Here are some house natural flea repellent and control tips to help you and your pet stay away from the fleas for good.

Natural Flea Repellent and Control Tips that Work

First, make sure to wash puppy’s blanket every week and to keep it’s immediate environment clean. Avoid using a reed basket or a thick cloth mattress that can’t be easily washed. Just like rugs and carpets, they are cozy little nests for bugs, and nightmares for the owners and their little companion.

Second, when “fleas hunting”, make sure to put a lot of emphasis of the carpets, the cracks in the floor, the bottom of the curtains, the covering of fabric couches and the bottom of furniture, which are all favorite fleas hiding spots. During spring or summer time, steam clean your carpeting to kill and destroy any hidden parasites.

Third, use special products to treat your dog’s environment. We suggest you can make you own natural flea repellent mixture with 15 drops of tea tree oil, 5 drops of lavandin super oil, 5 drops of cannelier de Ceylan oil, 10 drops of vervain oil, and spray it in the dog’s basket, on the ground, where the dog likes to lie down, on cushions and on the bottom of curtains.

Other natural flea repellent tips

Moreover, you can also use some natural flea repellent such as lavender or cedar potpourri near the dog’s bedding, or under the dog’s blanket. This will keep the bugs away and smell good! You can also use add some neem oil in the dog’s shampoo to kill the fleas.

Fleas also enjoy a nice garden or big yard with grass. If you have a garden, make sure to keep the grass short and to trip the bushes as often as possible. This will allow the sun to burn off the flea larvae. Keep your garden clean as heaps of grass, dead leafs and branches can also attract ticks.

In case of a flea problem, ants in your garden can be an asset. Those ants will feed on the flea larvea and eggs. Where you dog likes to lie down, clean off the dead branches and leafs, and put a dark plastic cover. The heat will kill off any flea larvea. You can also spread some diatomaceous earth, also known as diatomite or kieselgur a naturally occurring, soft, siliceous sedimentary rock that can be used as natural flea repellent.

Other readings: Effective flea and tick control for dogs, Choosing a dog flea treatment

Heartworm Medicine provides plenty of information about dog diseases and infections, as well as great recipes for natural flea repellents.

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