Fleas aren’t something anyone wants to deal with but when you have pets, you’re bound to get them at one time or another. While fleas may seem like they’re never going to go away, there is always a way to fix the problem; no matter how severe it has become.
Does My Dog Have Fleas?
There are a few signs that your dog has fleas and they include but are not limited to; excessive scratching and biting, hair loss, skin irritations and the appearance of flea dirt. Flea Dirt is flea feces and depending on the color of your dog’s hair, can be tough to spot.
One easy way to figure out if you are dealing with flea dirt or something less serious is to apply water to the dirt, and smear the dirt on a white surface (like a napkin) after the water has had a few minutes to soak in. If the smear you see is red, this is blood; which is the main ingredient in flea droppings.
Getting Rid Of Fleas
When it comes to getting rid of fleas or preventing them, there are many simple steps you can take.
A clean dog is a happy dog. The cleaner your pet is, the less likely they are to get fleas. Fleas are attracted to dark, moist areas so if your dog is bathed on a regular basis; the fleas aren’t going to be as attracted to using your dog as their home.
The same goes for your house and your yard. Even if you don’t want to go as far as to put flea repellent on your pets or have to bomb your house as many people do, you can take these simple steps to keep the flea problem under control.
Don’t just clean the obvious places around your house. It’s important to be very thorough as you clean. As for your yard, it’s important to keep your grass mowed so fleas have less places to hide.
Get Tough With Fleas
If these things don’t seem to be doing the trick you may need to take more drastic measures. Clean your dog with special flea shampoos on a regular basis to begin the process. Next, it would be a good idea to steam clean your carpets with carpet treatments that get rid of dog fleas.
Be sure to empty the steam cleaner and vacuum after each session to be sure there are no fleas left behind. You’d be surprised how quickly the little guys can reproduce.
You can use flea combs to brush out your pet’s hair or even purchase a flea collar. Talking with your vet is important to be sure your pet is old enough and healthy enough to handle such products.
There are various views related to these products and how safe they really are, so I would advice giving them at least a call to get a second opinion.
Of course, if you’re looking for more natural remedies; there’s always that option as well. Many people wash their pets with fresh garlic, massaging it into their pet’s fur and letting it soak in for a few minutes before rinsing it out.
Olive oil is another popular way to get rid of dog fleas. Simply use olive oil as if you’re using regular pet shampoo; massaging it into your pet’s fur and letting it sit for a few minutes. When done, wash out the olive oil and use a regular shampoo to finish cleaning your pet.
Many people believe olive oil drowns the fleas, causing them to fall out. Baking soda is another option. Again, talk with your vet to have them help you select the best option for your personal needs.