How to get rid of fleas on my dog?

How to get rid of fleas on my dog?

Hello, Guardians

How to get rid of fleas on my dog? How to get rid of Tics on my dog? Ticks and fleas are pests that can cause health problems for us dogs on multiple levels. Guardians have to remove them altogether to avoid diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever or Lyme disease.

Also, make sure that you adequately clean the entire space around us. There are several ways to address this problem, and I will list some of them in the following section.

However, before you take any action, you must be sure you are dealing with fleas and ticks.

They are tiny and nasty, and without the right treatment, they can pose a threat to your own health or your family’s.

The first sign that your dog might have fleas are small brown spots on its fur. Ticks stick on its skin, but in both cases, you will notice excessive starching and uncommon behavior of your dog. 

Story: My Flea experience

I am so happy that we are going into summer soon. I love the sun on my face and rolling around the cool green grass or the cool wet sand on the beach.
Summer also has its downside. That is getting rid of those pesky fleas that try to make me their home.
What I mean is they sit in my coat. They get in there when I roll on the sand and in the grass. One time, when we were still in Africa, my fur got infested with those pests after we went to the beach. I had a bath, but they got in there and Tania has to dip me like they dip the cows on the farm.
Now, I get to wear a flea collar and take lots of baths, you know they’re saying “prevention is better than cure”.
Never the less, I hate water and I make it hard for Tania and Gianni to give me a bath but they have it down to an art. I know it’s because they love me and they want me to be healthy.

How to solve tick and flea problem spot on?

If you find your dog has some of these blood-sucking nuisances, you can counter them spot-on by purchasing adequate medication. The best way is to contact your veterinarian, but if you don’t have one nearby, you can go to the nearest pet shop. 
Still, be careful when buying medicines without before contacting a professional. Read the labels and ensure that the product kills ticks or fleas. Verify that it is efficient in eliminating them in all life stages. Or else, your dog might develop flea allergy dermatitis, which is one of the most common skin diseases if your dog is not treated immediately.
Free your dog from these pesky creatures, step by step:

Top 6 tips to get rid of the ticks and fleas

If you never encountered ticks or fleas on a dog before, you should know that pets get them in contact with flea or tick infected pets. Ticks are also typical in outdoor environments. When dealing with them, be aware that the source of infection might be in the yard or some of the places where you take your dog for a walk.

1) Take a Bath

Step one to fight fleas and ticks is to bathe your dog. The shampoo choice made for this purpose is vast, and they are available both online and in pet shops. Also, if you prefer trying home-made remedies, you can work with citrus soap along with the rinse made of vinegar and water (1:10 proportion)

2) Put your dog in the pill

Step two, you should know by pills that are usually given once a month. I remind you to check twice if your oral medication choice works against fleas in all life cycles. Although bathing takes more physical work and repetitiveness, it is the most inexpensive way to protect your dog, especially if it spends a lot of time outside.

3) Comb your dog's hair

Step three, If you are dealing with fleas rather than ticks, you should consider getting a flea comb too. Thoroughly comb the fur of your dog as often as you can. Start with the head, and make sure to cover its underbelly and underside of its tail.

4) A clean bed is a clean dog

Step four, all your effort will be in vain if you don't clean your dog's sleeping place. You should wash it with appropriate detergent at least once a week. Besides, if the dog sleeps in your bed, then your bedding should be changed weekly too. The next step is to expand scrubbing, cleaning, and vacuuming to other parts of your living place. Carpets, floors, sofas, they all need to be flea and tick-free. Since insects have life cycles of at least several months, you have to repeat all these activities consequently.

5) The Cow dipping method

Step five: There are strong concentrated chemicals that you can use in your dog's tick treatment. They are known as tick dips, and they must be thinned out with water. The application is easy, you can pour it over your dog's fur or use a sponge to apply it. Be aware that it's not recommended using this method for animals under 4 months or dogs that are pregnant. Since these chemicals are powerful, it's not wise to use them without consulting a professional beforehand.

6) Get a Flea Collar

Step Six: Collars are also good tick repellents, and they can be used as an excellent preventive technique, especially if you have a puppy rather than an adult dog. Note that collars protect mainly the neck and head area and that they need to be in contact with the dog's skin to be efficient. When putting a collar that repels ticks ensure at least two finger spaces between the collar and the neck. The size can be customized, and since it contains certain chemicals, it is good to cut off unnecessary parts. This way, you will avert your dog from chewing it. Like with medication, you need to look at the labels carefully. Side-effects of the wrong collar are manifested through excessive starching, which is the first sign of possible allergic reaction.

Most commonly, our dogs get fleas or ticks while being outdoors. The best way to deal with possible infections from your yard is to regularly trim bushes and cut the tall grass. There is always an option of getting insecticides that can be applied under critical areas of your lawn, but beware that they should be approved by EPA. 

One important characteristic of both- ticks and fleas is that they are sensitive to humidity and sunlight. For better control over these pests outside, you should apply all insecticides under places that are dark and particularly humid.

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Prevention, prevention, and prevention

As a carrier of a dog flea collar, I can’t stress enough the importance of this aspect. Taking care of me requires more than feelings. You need to pay attention to my brother and sister’s behavior and ensure that we are healthy and happy. Once you get a best friend, they become part of your family. They key is prevention and to learn about our needs and possible threats so you can combat them.
Fleas and ticks are pesky, but they don’t have to pose a danger. Get a proper collar and pay attention while walking and playing with your dog. During the peak season, it shouldn’t be difficult to remove them without fail. Also, basic hygiene like bathing once a week and combing are excellent prevention method as long as you do it often and right. You could see a few useful techniques in previous paragraphs that should guide you through the process. I recommend that you consult a local vet before trying any type of chemicals or medicines. Especially because some species are more sensitive than others. You will always get up to date information from a professional, which is key to the protection of your dog.

Words of Wisedom

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” Benjamin Franklin I would just like to thank Snezana Nikcevic who was the writer of this article.

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Michel

    Thanks for this informative post. I find it extremely difficult to bath my dog as he fights me all the way. He is a very short-haired dog luckily and doesn’t often get fleas, but when he does I find it is best to dip him as they seem to stay away for a long time after that. The other method that works well but is expensive is the pill, but to me, it doesn’t seem to last more than a month in the summer season.

    1. Puccini Quaranta

      Thank you Michel for your comment. 

      I too fight Tania every step of the way when she baths me. The dip stinks like hell but it works. Now I get to wear a collar for 6 months of the year, get a bath more often and she dips me.

  2. joshlala007

    Hi there,

    Appreciate this informative post about fleas on a dog, it is a problem that I came through before and it is disgusting and hard to due with, and it makes the dog uncomfortable. I learned so much from your post and will apply it when needed. Will recommend this to my freinds as well when they need it. Thank you very much.

    1. Puccini Quaranta

      Thanks Joshlala for your comment.

      Its true what you say that fleas are uncomfortable, but remember where there is a dog there is a flea, we go hand and hand. Dealing with fleas can be a paid for guardians but if you buy the right products it should be a breeze. 

  3. Young

    Thanks for the methods provided. When my dogs have fleas, most of the time, I bathe them and use the flea collars. Sometimes, I also helped to “pull” the fleas out from them. They are so disgusting! yuckss~~ There’s one time, during their vaccination, the vet also gave an injection for them to get rid of fleas.

    1. Puccini Quaranta

      Hello Young, thank you for sharing your experience with me. Fleas and dogs are best friends in summer but it could be very irritating to us and humans when we scratch like we do. Getting treated for fleas should not make your life difficult. 

      Regards Puccini

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