Fleas: On Your Dog and In Your Home

Fleas are the most prevalent pest your pet can have. They occur on cats too, but they seem to irritate dogs most often. Dog owners seem quick to treat their dog with medications, sprays, collars and creams but, how about the fleas in your home. If you don’t get rid of them in your house your pet will have to endure continuous outbreaks.
To get rid of the fleas in your house you will need to treat the dog and your house at the same time. The goal here is to get rid of the adults as well as the adolescents so nothing is left to procreate. First, take the dog to the vet; get the strongest available flea repellant appropriate for your dog. Next is to address the issues in the house.
First, thoroughly vacuum your carpets. This means under and behind drapes, around the legs of the furniture and where your pet sleeps or rests. You must remove the vacuum cleaner bag and either burn it or wrap it up in a tightly sealed bag and put it outside in the garbage. If you only vacuum and don’t dispose of the bag; fleas can crawl out of the vacuum and start the cycle over again.
In really tough situations flea foggers are recommended for larger areas of your home. There are surface sprays that can get in around base boards and under carpeting where the fogger can’t reach.
Wash your pet’s bedding weekly, clean and surface spray the area around the bed. Clean and sanitize anywhere you pet spends time. The basement, the car, a car carrier and even plush toys should be washed and sprayed.
This sounds like a lot of work but, to keep your pet comfortable and disease free this is all necessary. Your vet or your local carpet store may have suggestions on products for your home and car. If the problem hasn’t gone away after all this effort, it is time to call in a professional.

How to get rid of fleas on pet dogs

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.