Flea and Tick Control
It happens. Your dog is running around the backyard and there’s a hungry flea who is ready to latch onto the first furry creature that walks by. Maybe you take your dog to the local dog park and there is a dog who is already carrying fleas. When your pet comes into contact with other animals that have fleas, there is a chance that it can spread to your dog. These little pests love to live in the fur of your animal and can cause allergic reactions, and possibly transmit diseases such as Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Fleas will result in irritation on the surface of the infected pet’s skin. You may notice that they often scratch and nibble their skin to relieve the itch. If you discover fleas on your dog, please treat it as soon as possible, because these little insects can rapidly reproduce and the problem will only get worse from there. One female flea can start laying up to 40 eggs on your dog’s body per day, which means that a couple of fleas can quickly infest your dog in a short amount of time! The problem can escalate very quickly if not treated. Learn more about the flea’s life cycle here.
Flea ‘dirt’ is an obvious way to tell if your dog has fleas, and is comprised of droppings that look similar to little black specks that lie on the surface on your dog’s skin. Flea dirt is in fact dried blood that comes from the flea’s waste. If you are unsure of what it is, you can take a paper towel, drop warm water on the dirt, and see the result of the color. If it comes out to be dark red, you can confirm that it is flea waste.
If you happen to discover fleas on your pup, do not worry. There are several ways you can treat the problem:
Flea and Tick Treatments
If your pet is already carrying fleas, there are great topical treatments to help break the life cycle of the fleas to stop them from reproducing. The treatment is applied once a month and will kill fleas, flea larvae and eggs on contact. Depending on which brand you use, the treatment can help repel fleas and ticks off of your pet’s fur for several weeks. If you don’t want to use topical treatments, oral tablets can be given to your dog. The frequency of these tablets varies, but they are effective in treating and preventing fleas.
Flea and Tick Shampoo
There are a variety of flea and tick shampoos to choose from. It is important to choose the right formula for your pet. For a more effective result, leave the shampoo on your dog without rinsing for about 10 minutes. This way the chances of removing fleas are higher.
After bathing your pet, use a flea comb to remove all the dead fleas and excess flea dirt that hasn’t been already removed from the bath. This would ensure that most of the fleas have been cleared from your pet’s fur.
Flea and Tick Collars
These collars can have long-lasting effects, up to 8 months! These easy to use collars are a great way to repel the pests that we don’t want living on our pets. Put the collar on during walks or when your dog is outdoors. For full prevention, your pet can wear the collar consistently.
The best way to keep fleas out of your pet’s fur is to prevent flea infestations around your house. Vacuum your home, remove unwanted weeds in the backyard, clean your dog’s bedding, and frequently give baths to your dog to keep fleas away. Even if your dog does not currently have fleas, a preventative technique is to have them wear a flea collar outdoors and use flea/ tick shampoo when bathing. Having fleas and ticks is very common, but as long as you treat it as soon as you can, the problem can be solved very quickly.