Going outside can be difficult during the summer months when fleas are out there waiting for a host to cling onto. Rather than keeping your dog cooped up all summer, you should know a few ways to keep the fleas from biting your dog.
On the Spot Treatments
Many people believe that on the spot treatments are not good, because they won’t treat the dog’s entire body. This is not the case. When you put the drops on your dog, they are spread all over the body through their oil glands.
When your dog is being treated, you don’t have to worry about him bathing, swimming, or getting wet in the rain. These types of treatments are still effective if your dog gets wet. When you are choosing an on the spot treatment for your dog, it is important to read the instructions.
These products come in different strengths, depending on the dog’s age and size. When you use this type of treatment, it can interrupt the flea cycle on your dog while it is still in progress. As long as you reapply according to the instructions, your dog should remain flea free.
Oral medication is a great tool to get rid of fleas, when used in conjunction with on the spot treatments. These pills are given to the dog once a month, and are designed to disrupt the life cycle of fleas. It is important to understand that these products will not kill the fleas on contact.
Many of these pills are small, and easy to administer. If your dog has trouble taking pills, some of these oral medications come with favors, so that your dog will have no problem eating them, and they can easily be hidden in his food.
Flea shampoo is a great way to kill the fleas on your dog. It can also prevent the fleas from coming back if used as instructed. This method is less expensive than on the spot treatments, but it is much more time consuming.
In order for this treatment to remain effective, you would need to give your dog a bath with the shampoo every two weeks. The active ingredient in these shampoos do not last as long as on the spot treatments do.
If your dog does not like to take a bath, this method can be more of a hassle than helpful. If you are using on the spot treatments for your dog, you should not use flea shampoo as well. When bathing your dog when using on the spot treatments, you should use a regular dog shampoo.
People have been putting flea collars on their dogs for decades. Whether or not these collars are going to be effective depends on the fleas in your environment. Some are too strong, and will not be phased by the collar.
The amount of contact that the collar has on your dog’s skin also has a great deal to do with the effectiveness. If the collar is not close enough, the chemicals cannot be transmitted. If you are going to use a flea collar, you should cut it so that your dog cannot chew on the end.
This can make him sick. You also want to keep an eye on your dog’s skin under the collar. Flea collars can cause a rash, and should be removed immediately if you see he is having a reaction. Before you purchase a flea collar, you want to read the label and find one that is right for your dog’s size and age.
A flea dip is a chemical that is concentrated and is mixed with water. To apply, it poured on the dog’s back. You can also use a sponge to apply. Unlike a flea bath, you don’t rinse off the dip product. If not done properly, this treatment can lead to toxic reactions.
This type of treatment is very strong, therefore, it should only be used for serious infestations and infrequently. Because this treatment is so potent and potentially dangerous, you should only allow an experienced veterinarian or dog groomer apply this treatment.
Flea Sprays and Powders
Flea sprays and powders are a very inexpensive treatment to protect your dog from fleas, and also to kill the ones he already has These products wear off faster than most other direct treatments, therefore, you will need to apply it often.
You should use caution when applying these products on your dog, as they can be harmful to the mouth, nose, eyes, and lungs of both humans and dogs. When purchasing flea power or spray, you should check the instructions so that you buy the right one for your dog’s age and size.
Clean the Households
You should also wash all of your dog’s toys and his bed in hot water. If you remove the eggs or the larvae, it will help reduce the flea population in your home.
To make sure that there are no more fleas in your home that can attach to your dog, you should use a household fogger. You should take caution when using this product.
Before using, all family members and pets must leave the house, as this product is dangerous. It is also important to read all of the directions before use.
Clear the Yard
To keep the fleas off your dog, you should keep them out of your yard. There are companies that you can call who can spray the yard, killing all of the existing fleas and ticks.
As long as you know how to protect your dog, he should remain flea free.