When dog owners are asked about one issue that they find most dreadful, the topic of fleas is raised. This is mostly their concern during the summer months.
Fleas on dogs prefer the weather with humidity levels between 75 to 85 percent and temperatures between 65 and 80 degrees. Not all places have humidity and temperature levels like those above, but the thought of having to deal with these pests during the summer months is more than just that.
They don’t just infest dogs – they thrive in cats, too. They get these little beasties from getting into direct contact with other
animals or with other fleas thriving in the environment. This pest has strong back legs that enable them to jump from one host to another or directly to the host from the environment they come from. For your information, these fleas can only jump since they do not have wings to fly with. The bite of the flea can cause the host to itch. But for dogs that are very sensitive to the bite of the flea, their itching can be very severe to the skin, which can lead to inflammation, hair loss or secondary skin diseases. There are some pets that are hyper sensitive to the saliva that can make them itch all over their body just from a bite of one flea.
What you will know more about here is how to deal with fleas that infest on your dog’s skin and how you can prevent them from getting into your dog’s skin in the first place.
It can’t be helped but think that fleas are very persistent and annoying, so there is no sure fire way to completely remove the fleas from your pooch. But there are spot-on chemicals and pill treatments that are proven to rid of the fleas the fastest. One option known to remove them all completely is Capstar. This is a tablet taken orally by your pet. It can also be taken by cats, too. Once taken orally, it will take effect within thirty minutes and kills off 90 percent of fleas infesting on the skin within four hours. For a spot on treatments, take note that it can take a couple of days for it to work. Some treatments are targeted specifically on adult fleas while others on eggs. It is important that you know which one to buy right.
If you want the natural way, you can find several shampoos that are formulated to get rid of fleas for both cats and dogs. They are also very effective, too. You will have to consider if your dog can stand being wet and lathered by the shampoo for ten minutes since that is the general time that it will take the shampoo to sink into the skin. Followed by a warm bath, the fleas are already killed and should be removed from the coat by using a flea comb. The fleas are already dead once you have used the flea comb.
There are a lot of flea products available in the market today, but newer prescriptions are proven to take out the frustration with over infestation of fleas. These are done by going for the highly effective and popular brands. It is also possible, in some situations, where you can gain control of the flea by treating only the dog through getting prescription treatments. Some flea products do not directly harm the flea but simply prevent the eggs from hatching. This is a product that disrupts the life cycle of the flea – without the eggs, they can’t reproduce. They will eventually dissipate as long as the dog does not come into contact with new fleas.
In places with warmer climates, prescription treatments for dogs is usually offered all year round, but in another type of climates, treatment must start early spring before the season for fleas even starts. Added to that, these kind of products are not a good option for dogs that are hypersensitive to flea saliva, since the adult fleas are still not killed and can still bite the skin of the dog.
There are other products that can kill fleas instantly without
prescription needed. But the disadvantage of this is that these products tend to be less effective compared to prescription products. But this does not mean that they can’t control the reproduction of fleas. These non-prescription products include flea powders, shampoos, sprays, spot-on products, and collars. There are even natural products formulated for flea control as well.
Treating fleas in the environment
It is not enough to treat your dogs from fleas unless you treat the environment they are living in as well. Treat both indoor and outdoor by washing it all with soapy, hot water, especially on places where your dogs love to spend most of their time with. All carpeting must be vaccumed thoroughly and the bag used for it must be thrown away, too. You can also opt for steam cleaning, particularly on carpets since that can totally kill the larvae living in it. Keep in mind that shampooing and vacuuming the carpet can still leave a percentage of fleas live. The best treatment for this is to use another kind of chemical treatment that will completely wipe them out.
Once you have addressed the things above, it is time to treat the entire house for fleas. There are several techniques to use, including the foggers. The most effective treatment are those that contain an ingredient that can kill the adult fleas and other life cycle phases of the flea. The latter is addressed with the use of insect growth regulator. For outdoor control, pelleted insecticides and sprays are used after dog houses and kernels are cleaned thoroughly. You can also use the insect growth regulator for this one, as well. Suggestions for the indoor regulator is the Methoprene and for outdoor is the Pyriproxyfen.
Keep in mind that eradicating fleas isn’t cheap, but the price for paying up to completely eradicate all flea infestations is one thing that you have to invest in. This is all for protecting your dogs.