Monday, November 5, 2007

What do I do with dog flea problems?

Getting rig of these pesky pests that make your dog itch is not really easy but with the help of your vet and some prevention and maintenance methods you will succeed. With no such problems anymore your dog can be as happy as he can be and will accomplish his goal to make you happy.

The easiest way to keep fleas out of your dog’s hair is to prevent this from happening. These pests like humidity and heat so you have to take care of all places in the house that can get these characteristics. Vacuum and dust as often as you can, mostly in corners, cracks and basements. Be careful to dispose of the vacuum cleaner bags because adult fleas can escape and start over the colony.

Take care of his bed as well because this is where most fleas like to sit and perpetuate. Wash it weekly or even two times a week to be sure all the pests are destroyed and cast away. Check the dog too for fleas because if he is itching and scratching a lot it’s likely that he has some. Use a fine-toothed pet comb to remove the fleas and then drop them in hot soapy water to drown them.
Also be careful who your dog plays with because he can catch fleas from other animals. Sure it’s fun to see them enjoying the park and themselves but think about the trouble both of you will get into if you’re not careful.

Dust, humidity and other animals are not the only factors that can bring fleas into your dog’s life. He can get then while walking outside or playing. Be sure to give him baths with flea shampoo as often as you consider best. If you are living in a house at a farm or in the suburbs, the danger of your dog having fleas is greater – one way of preventing flea developing is to keep the grass trimmed to let the sun get closer to larvae because they cannot survive hot places.

The most important step in preventing and treating flea intrusions is to contacts your vet and discuss the proper treatment. Usually doctors do not agree with home remedies and prescribe medicines. Although you might not agree with medications, you should still take in the doctor’s advice! It’s for the dog’s and your best!

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