Dogs can be the happiest and most loyal pets on the planet. They exist to please and love their masters only expecting to be fed and taken care of in return. Part of returning their love is ensuring that they stay in good health. When fleas strike your dog, it’s not just its health that’s affected, but its comfort too. However, there is dog flea treatment to combat these pesky critters in order to restore balance to the household, as well as some preventative techniques that can help you win the battle.
Purify the Environment
Fleas are living on both your pet and in the environment of the home. It’s very important that you clean your home immediately or the infestation will simply return. It’s important to clear your house of any unwanted fleas so use your vacuum as much as possible. Fleas often like small crevices so be sure to vacuum around floorboards and under furniture as well. Unfortunately, vacuuming doggie beds is not enough in most cases. They must be discarded and replaced. Anywhere your pet likes to sleep or relax must be thoroughly washed as well. These materials include all of the blankets and sheets for bedding.
Make Things Uncomfortable
Fleas need a specific kind of environment in which to thrive. You can kill adult fleas, cease the production of larvae, and stop eggs that are already in place from hatching by dehumidifying a room. Dehumidifiers can be brought online and they are an effective way of treating your dog’s fleas. All fleas require a humidity level of 50% or above in order to live and reproduce. Dropping a room below this mark for two or more days will be of serious assistance in winning the battle.
Cleaning Your Dog
Giving your dog regular flea baths is an important step in getting rid of those unwanted fleas. Be thorough as fleas can often move up the body of the dog as different parts get cleaned. Using a flea comb afterwards to further clean your dog’s coat will get rid of any stragglers! This shouldn’t take too long and is a great way to help remove those fleas.
Use Mother Nature
There is no need to spread harsh chemicals over every surface of your home in order to win the war. There are Insect Growth Regulators (IGR) on the market that come in spray form. These products are much more effective than foggers and much safer for everyone concerned. They should be sprayed into the carpet and furniture in order to prevent the hatching and maturing of flea larvae. There are also home remedy’s you can use such as lemon spray. This can be created using sliced lemon and boiling water. Fleas dislike the smell of the spray so it can be used on bedding as well as the dog.
By using some or all of these techniques, your dog should hopefully avoid any discomfort from fleas and be a much healthier and happier pet!