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How to Get Rid of Dog Fleas


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Fleas can plague dogs and their owners. These pests infest your dog’s fur, burrowing into it, sucking blood and seeking shelter. Untreated infestation can lead to dermatitis. When a dog bites and ingests fleas, the dog can also be at risk of getting tapeworm. Here are some solutions you may consider.

  • Bathe your dog regularly

A clean pet’s fur will limit the chances of harboring insects within reducing your chances of having the fleas menace. Give your pet a thorough as regularly as possible every now and then. Scrub the dog’s coat properly, use dog soap and rinse adequately with clean water. You can give him or her bath after every one week or two. It depends on how active you pet is. Use recommended doggie bath products that not only prevent, but also treat flea problems.

  • Clean the dog’s bedding

Once the fleas have infested the dog they have a tendency to drop off, especially in areas where he stays still for long periods, including the place where he sleeps. You can use hot water and soap when laundering the bedding, then shake them well and let them dry under the sun after. Also clean out his dog house with hot water and soap, scrubbing the surfaces thoroughly, to get rid of fleas that might be nesting there. This gives your pet comfort and a good sleep.

  • Active household products
  • There are home friendly and natural alternatives to get rid of dog fleas. They include:

    • Garlic

    Dice some fresh garlic in a food processor, and then add a dab of oil to it to make your pet’s coat shiny. Then, apply it all over your pet, working your way through the fur. Wash it off after a few minutes.

    • Olive oil

    Oil drowns the fleas and makes them fall out of the dog’s fur. Begin putting it from your pet’s head and slowly work your way back then just shampoo the oil out. With it comes the fleas.

    • Talcum powder

    Cover your darling pet with baby powder to smother the pests. If your pet is still a puppy, this tactic works great. You can also use baking soda.

    • Salt

    Sprinkle it around the house and let it sit for a week or more and also on the dog’s body

  • Vacuum cleaning

Since the source of pet infection happens to be fleas hiding in dark and dirty areas of the house, vacuum vibration drives them out exposing then to light which kills them. This limits their infective capability.

These materials are cheap and readily available and therefore it is possible to have a pet that is completely free of fleas just by imagination. You will not have to go through the trouble of buying expensive commercial insecticides which can also be detrimental to the life of your dog. Thus this stepwise natural methods can guarantee you a healthy, clean and joyous buddy. Please try them and see what they can do for you.

Source by Osoti Tom Odhiambo

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