Has your dog ever had a visit of un-invited fleas?
As dog owners, we dread this situation; but our furry companions dread it even more! It is more common during the summer time, that this happens. These small dark brown insects prefer temperature from 60-8 degrees and humidity levels of 75-85 percent.. so for some areas of the country they are more than just a “summer” problem. Dogs often get infested with fleas through contact with other animals or contact with fleas in the environment. The strong back legs of this insect enable it to jump from host to host or from the environment onto the host. (Fleas do not have wings, so they cannot fly!) The flea’s bite can cause itching for the host but for a sensitive or flea-allergic animal, this itching can be quite severe and leads to hair-loss, inflammation and secondary skin infections. Some pets, hypersensitive to the flea’s saliva, will itch all over from the bite of even a single flea!
If you’ve discovered that your dog has fleas, there are a few things you can do to provide your pet with immediate relief.
CHEMICAL FLEA REMOVAL OPTIONS
Unfortunately, fleas are annoying and persistent, so there is no instantaneous way to remove fleas from your dog. However, pills and other spot-on chemical treatments have proven to be some of the fastest ways to rid your pet of fleas. Capstar is one option to remove fleas from dogs. It’s a tablet that when taken orally, begins to work within 30-minutes and kills 90% of all fleas within four hours. Spot-on flea treatments tend to take a few days to work, and some only target flea eggs while other target adults, so it’s important to buy the right one.
NON-CHEMICAL FLEA REMOVAL OPTIONS
If you’d prefer to go the more natural route, there are several flea removal shampoos for dogs on the market that are quite effective. You’ll need to consider whether or not your pet can stand being soaking wet and lathered up for ten minutes though, since that’s how long the shampoo takes to sink in. Following a nice warm bath, you’ll have killed the fleas and will be able to use a flea comb to remove the fleas from your dog – don’t worry, they’re dead.
Remember to keep an eye out for these un-wanted fleas, your furry companion will thank you, and you will also save yourself the mess. Good Luck (: