Dog caretakers and those who keep dogs as pets will agree with me that fleas on dogs is a serious issue. For quite a number of obvious reasons, by the way. If fleas swam an area it is always in their number. Their life cycle who can beat? They reproduce rapidly and are often lurking somewhere very sinister around the home. It is for this singular reason that getting rid of them comes with such deliberate effort because often times, the treatment that works for a stage for their life cycle, say their adult stage, may not work for their already laid eggs.
The subject of fleas on dogs and getting rid of fleas on dogs can get that much complicated. But with the right information and approach, the issue of fleas on dogs will no longer worry you. It will no longer subject your dogs to such crazy itching that often result in great discomfort for your dog.
It is necessary you know that fleas undergo several stages in their life cycle (i.e the egg, larva or caterpillar, pupa or cocoon, and adult stage). The length of time it’ll take until this cycle is completed are often dependent upon environmental conditions such as temperature, humidity, and the availability of a nourishing host (in this case your healthy dog).
Dogs being a warm-blooded animal explains why they cannot be spared. The adult female flea lives several weeks on your dog. About this time the flea will suck your dog’s blood twice or thrice and gets to lay between twenty to thirty eggs each day. Over her life span, she may lay several hundred eggs . These eggs then fall off of the pet into your yard, bedding, carpet, and in every other place that your dog frequents. Anywhere those eggs drops they continue to develop. And this is how everything gets crazy in a little while. It then goes on to explain why it’s important not to only have the host in mind, but your environment as well, especially when treatment is intended for fleas on dogs.
Fleas do not have wings that can enable them to fly. But do not forget that they can jump. Their pairs of legs make for excellent leaping capabilities, and a laterally flattened body allows for quick movement through your dog’s fur.
On most occasions, and depending on environmental conditions, fleas are most commonly found around the dog’s abdominal region and the base of the tail and the head,somewhat related to where fleas are found on cats. But with heavy and unchecked infestations, however, fleas can thrive anywhere on the body of the dog.
Signs Of Fleas On Dog
- Droppings or “flea dirt” in a dog’s coat.
- Flea eggs on dogs or in dog’s environment.
- Allergic dermatitis.
- Excessive scratching, licking or biting at the skin.
- Hair loss.
- Scabs and hot spots.
- Pale gums.
Effects Of Fleas On Dogs:
- Significant loss of blood.
- Flea allergy dermatitis, which causes intense itching and discomfort for your dog.
- Skin infections.
- Hair-loss and inflammation.
- Nervousness, annoyance and excessive itching.
And could there be some promoting factors for fleas on dogs? Of course.
- Warm and humid climates promote the infestation of fleas.
- Dogs who live outside are also vulnerable to fleas.
Prevention Of Fleas On Dog
- Killing the adult fleas that are already on your dog by using products that are active in ingredients that can kill the thriving fleas and the new arrivals.
- Prevent further infestation of the home by using an insect growth regulator to inhibit the hatching of viable flea eggs and prevent the development of larvae into adult fleas.
- Rid your home and its environs of flea eggs, larvae, and pupae that are already present.
- Ask your veterinarian for the appropriate recommendation for your dog.
How To Treat Fleas on dogs
It is important that all of your pets are treated for fleas, including indoor and outdoor cats, and that the environment is treated as well.
Speak with your veterinarian about choosing the right flea treatment product. Common options include a topical, liquid treatment applied to the back of the neck, shampoos, sprays and powders. Some products kill both adult fleas and their eggs, but they can vary in efficacy. It is very important not to use products on your dog that are intended for cats (and vice versa). Prescription products are generally more effective and safer than over-the-counter products.
Thoroughly clean your house, including rugs, bedding, and upholstery. (Remember to discard any vacuum bags.) In severe cases, you might consider using a spray or fogger, which requires temporary evacuation of the home.
How To Handle Fleas on Dogs
Bearing in mind that there is no instantaneous way to removing fleas from your dog, Capstar is remains one best options. It’s a tablet that when taken orally, begins to work within 30-minutes and kills 90% of all fleas within four hours. Spot-on flea treatments are good, too, but they tend to take days to work, and some only target flea eggs while other target adults, so it’s important to buy the right one.
And If you’d prefer to have something natural, some flea removal shampoos are quite effective. The only part to this is that you’ll need to consider whether or not your pet can stand being soaking wet and lathered up for up to ten minutes since that’s how long the shampoo takes to sink in. Following a nice warm bath, you’ll have killed the fleas and will be able to use a flea comb to remove the fleas from your dog – don’t worry, they’re dead.
Preventing future infestations of fleas on dogs
In addition to applying a vet-recommended flea prevention product, the following steps can also help prevent fleas from infesting your dog:
Frequently vacuum the areas your dog frequents, especially carpeted areas in your home, any furniture that is frequented by your dog, and your car (if your pet rides in your car). This will clean up as many immature fleas (eggs, larvae, and pupae) as possible.
Regularly wash your pet’s bedding, blanket and other washable items in the hottest water possible (check the laundering instructions to make sure that washing in hot water won’t harm the item).
Keep your yard neat. Mow your lawn and rake up any leaves, brush or clippings.
Periodically hang door mats, rugs, and other non-washable items in direct sunlight.