Both the dog owner and the pet will be affected by flea infestation. When these pesky bloodsuckers bite, poor Fido will itch all over so that the excessive scratching will result to raw skin that will be an additional concern if secondary bacterial skin infections develop. Measures necessary to eradicate a flea infestation have to be applied as apart from the discomfort the tiny parasites bring to dogs, fleas can also transmit a number of canine diseases to humans.

A dog infested with fleas would scratch incessantly, would have skin inflammation and noticed to suffer from hair loss conditions. A dog infested with fleas will have flea dirt on its skin. As soon as flea dirt on the dog’s skin are noticed, the dog owner should start with the plan to eradicate these external parasites. Not many dog owners are aware of the fact that a severe flea infestation can result to anemia and severe blood loss can result to the death of the dog.

The flea has to be eradicated not only from the pet but also from the environment. These pesky tiny insects are great jumpers thus they can easily jump from one host to another and spread the infestation easily. Start killing the pests by using a flea bath or a flea shampoo on the infested dog. As a double measure you can run a fine toothed comb thoroughly through the dog’s fur to remove the fleas. Flea baths will kill adult fleas but not the eggs thus the process has to be repeated until the entire flea population is eradicated.

The fleas must be removed from the environment as well. After vacuuming all the carpets and the rooms, be sure to carefully discard the vacuum bag. To make sure that the vacuumed fleas will be killed, a strip of flea collar can be placed inside the vacuum bag. The dog’s beddings and crate must be washed with soap and hot water. Vacuuming will not be sufficient to remove all the fleas. Sprays and insecticides are needed to bomb all the rooms giving particular attention to the places where the dog usually hangs out. Bomb the yard with chemicals formulated to kill fleas as well.

Over the counter flea powders, flea baths and shampoos as well as sprays and insecticides make fighting the infestation easier. However, dog owners are cautioned against over usage of these chemicals as the pet can get sick if exposed to these chemicals repeatedly.

At Sarah’s Dogs you can find out more about what to do if your dog has fleas as well as first aid for dogs.

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