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How Can You Control Fleas on Your Dog?

 

Trying to figure out the secret for getting rid of dog fleas?  Once they find their way into your home, it is pretty tricky to remove them from your environment.  You might think finding a single flea is no big deal, but odds are that flea is a sign that there are hundreds of eggs and larvae nearby just waiting to grow into adult fleas and breed more.  And if your dog has a lot of fleas, you are dealing with a full-on infestation.

 

Controlling fleas on your dog isn’t just about removing them from your pet.  It is about removing them entirely from your home environment.  That means you need to get them out of your house, and your yard.  You also need to prevent eggs and larvae from advancing into adults.

 

To Get Rid of Fleas in Your House:

 

  • Vacuum your entire home, including under your drapes and especially your pet’s sleeping area.  Vacuum daily in high traffic zones, and dump your vacuum bag immediately each time.  Seal it in a plastic bag before throwing it out.

 

  • Spray your carpet or get a powder or fogger product to kill the remaining fleas.  Wash your pet’s bedding very thoroughly, along with your pet carrier and your car.

 

To Get Rid of Fleas In Your Yard:

 

  • Your next step is to get rid of the fleas outside so your dog doesn’t just keep bringing them in.  Look for areas where you have a lot of debris like compost or grass clippings or fallen tree branches.  Get rid of excess debris, and trim your grass if you have overgrown patches.

 

  • Treat your yard with an anti-flea product.  You usually have to do this once every week or two.

 

Get Rid of Fleas on Your Dog:

 

You have a number of options for controlling fleas on your dog.  You need to both remove the fleas that are on your pet right now, and prevent fleas from getting on your dog in the future.  While getting fleas out of your yard helps with prevention, your dog could still pick up fleas on walks.  Your options for getting rid of fleas on your dog include:

 

  • Topical treatments.  You apply these once a month to a small area on your dog’s back.  Some kill fleas only, while other also take care of ticks.

 

  • Sprays.  Just as you can buy sprays for your house, you can also purchase sprays for your job.  Make sure you pick one that takes care of not only adults, but larvae.

 

  • Dips and rinses.  These are rather inconvenient as you need to apply them to the entire dog, but you also have to be really careful not to get any in your dog’s eyes or ears.

 

  • Shampoos.  Flea shampoos are a great way to get rid of adult fleas (and usually ticks as well).  This is another product you need to apply to your dog’s entire body.  You also need to keep it rubbed into his fur for about ten solid minutes.  At that point, you can then rinse it off. 

 

  • Flea combs.  This is the manual, slow way to remove fleas, but it can actually work pretty well, and your dog may enjoy all the attention.  If you find any fleas while combing, toss them in detergent water to kill them.

 

  • Flea collars.  A snugly and properly worn flea collar can be very effective against fleas.  Many flea collars remain effective for a long time before you need to replace them.  Note however that if the collar gets wet, depending on the brand you purchased, it may lose its effectiveness.  Also be wary: some collars may cause irritation.

 

  • Oral flea killers.  These can be outstandingly effective and easy to use.  It is fast-acting and can stay active in your pet’s system for up to 24 hours. 

 

Fleas are a real pain, and you may feel like fighting them is a lost cause if your home has become infested.  But it is possible to get fleas out of control and even eliminate them completely.  Once you have killed your flea infestation, take preventative measures to keep fleas from finding their way back into your life!

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