Keeping your dog indoors is the easiest solution to this problem. However, let’s put impractical suggestions aside because dogs love to run and play outdoors and this isn’t a solution for dog or owner. You can attack the flea and tick problem by controlling your dog’s environment, to the best extent possible and also employing some preventative measures for your dog. This article also provides some basic tips on how to identify whether your canine friend has fleas, and how to treat them if they do.
Preventative Measures For Your Dogs Environment
If you keep your dog on his lead or in a fenced area outdoors, you can greatly reduce exposure to fleas and ticks. When she’s on her lead, keep your her away from bushes and tall grasses, the habitats where fleas and ticks are lurking to pounce on their next host. Keep the grass height lower in outdoor areas at home, where you will allow him to run free, with regular mowing. If you keep her away from areas where fleas and ticks are typically found, you will greatly reduce exposure to a potential flea and tick infestation.
Preventative Measures For Your Dog
Detecting the presence of fleas and ticks early is much easier when you groom your dog regularly. Early detection is one of the most effective ways to control fleas and ticks. There are also a whole host of commercial flea and tick prevention products that are designed for flea and tick prevention. These include sprays and powders, treated flea and tick collars and shampoos and dips. Monthly treatment applications are also available which are small vials of solution typically applied at the back of the neck and base of the tail.
Signs of Fleas
These simple questions can help you identify unwelcome guests on your pet:
- Is your pet scratching?
- Do you see the fleas or ticks, which look like dark coloured insects scurrying about or tiny speckles in fur?
- Have you suffered insect bites yourself, which you can’t account for?
A yes answer to any of these questions could mean a flea and tick problem, you should consult a qualified vet.
- Treat both your pet and your home. Fleas can survive off a host for many months. Contact a qualified vet for advice on the best products for treating your dog. A household flea spray is designed to help control fleas in your household.
- Clean regularly including bedding and vacuuming floors, furniture and around the house (thoroughly) to remove the fleas and ticks.
- Throw away the dust bag from your vacuum cleaner after each clean.
Only give your pet flea treatment that has been recommended for it, as prescribed or recommended by a qualified vet. Flea treatment products suitable for one species are not always applicable for another species. Always consult a qualified vet before administering a flea treatment product to your pet.