Spring and summertime is high season for fleas and if they love your dog, I’m sure you are interested in how to get rid of dog fleas. The little critters love feeding on the blood of your favorite pet and they love to procreate! It takes only two to three weeks for them to multiply by the thousands and they can also bite you. There are lots of ways to you can get rid of dog fleas, there are medicated solutions as well as natural remedies.
Here are some examples.
Flea collars can be found in all pet stores, even some dollar stores! The collar emits a gas which is toxic to fleas but it also ends up in the fat layer under your dog’s skin. If you get your flea collar at your vet, then you can ask him what collars he recommends and what are the effects on the dog itself (apart from becoming flea free, of course).
Flea Powders and Flea Sprays used to be popular but they usually only give short term protection while you get those fleas under control. So if you and your dog decide on going to the cottage for a couple of days and you know there is a risk of fleas, maybe this could be a good solutions.
Flea Shampoos are very popular and it’s easy to do (well, if your dog likes baths it is). Similar to flea collars, while the shampoo can help with getting rid of the fleas, it could be very temporary and next week your dog might have to go through the procedure again. The good news is that if you do this properly, there is hardly any chemical residue left on your dog’s skin.
Spot-on products like Advantage II or Frontline are put between the dog’s shoulder blades. It’s easy to do and the dog cannot access it. This treatment lasts about a month.
You can even get pills like Sentinel which your dog must take and these stop the flea larva from getting out of the flea egg. While this is good, the adult fleas are still alive and happy. There are lots of natural remedies you can use to get rid of dog fleas. However, be aware that these remedies are not an overnight fix and often take time to become effective.
For example if you add fresh garlic to your dog’s food, this can help them become flea free. Another good remedy is apple cider vinegar. You should use a good organic and raw apple cider vinegar which you can apply pure or dilute in a spray bottle with some water. Be careful of their eyes if you use this treatment.
A natural herbal shampoo can also do the trick. Obviously make sure it’s the one for flea control. Here is a good tip about using flea shampoo. When you wet your dog’s fur, all those fleas will want to get out of the water so they’ll go to his or her head area. So first start by pouring a thick layer of shampoo around the head and neck first before you wet the other areas of his body. Also, make sure you spend quality time doing this. It’s better to give your dog a good lathering and massaging and then re-lather the neck area. Otherwise you might not kill all the fleas and will have to bathe him again.
Essential oils of lemon and peppermint also helps to get rid of dog fleas. Put the oil or oils in a spray bottle so you can spray it on the areas that are infected. You can use these essential oils together with water or a good massage oil.
Hopefully with the above tips and tricks, there will be something that you can use to help your favorite friend become flea free.
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By: Mike Moser