Tuesday, December 13, 2016

How To Get Rid Of Fleas On Dogs

How To Get Rid Of Fleas On Dogs

Before we discuss how to get rid of fleas on dogs we need to touch on the reasons why we need to get rid of fleas. When left untreated fleas multiply rather quickly and can make your dog seriously ill. I’ll cover two flea-related health issues that our pets have experienced.
  1. One of the illnesses we are personally familiar with is Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD) My son’s dog, Jada has this. It continues to be a daily battle. With this illness, dogs are severely allergic to the flea saliva and even a single flea bite causes extreme discomfort. Common symptoms include excessive scratching, licking and biting on their tail, backside and groin areas. Jada has this so bad that that she has chewed off her fur leaving bare areas on her tail and stomach. The treatment for this is a flea control program, antibiotics and 3 weekly baths per week with a medicated shampoo.  Jada also suffers from a yeast infection on her skin.
  1. Tapeworms  We have dealt with this.  Mostly with our cats. However, it eventually got to both our dogs. This happened during the winter months when we slacked off on the flea control. Tapeworms cause nutritional deficiency, weight loss and debilitation for your dog. Symptoms for tapeworm include fatigue and an increased appetite. Examine your dog’s stool if you suspect a problem. Tapeworms will appear as small white “worms” or grains of rice. Treatment is a pill to kill the worms and a flea control program. People can get tapeworms. So make sure you treat this ASAP. Especially if you have small children.

 How To Get Rid Of Fleas

  • RX’s we tried over many years and we found that worked  include Advantage II and Frontline Plus . We use Trifexis on our dogs. It is a chewable tablet that not only kills fleas, it also prevents future infestation. An added benefit is that it controls  heart worms, hookworms, roundworms and whip worms.
  • Products I tried that did not work for us included Hartz and Adams Plus Flea/Tick (room strays, flea collars, pills, topical applications) I don't recommend them.,
  • Flea Collars are a good way to keep fleas off your dog. They have two functions, the 1st is that it repels the fleas/ticks by emitting a gas the 2nd function is that it treats the fleas/ticks by medication that seeps into the fat layer on your dog’s skin and spreads it by using your pets natural skin oils.

 Home Remedies For Fleas On Dogs

  • Flea bath for dogs: Combine ½ cup lemon juice + 1-½ cup water + ¼ cup mild dog shampoo.  Bath your puppy weekly to deter fleas. Amount to use would vary on size of dog. Just work up a good lather and rinse well. I have not tried this so I can’t verify if it works.
  • Use a bandanna as a flea collar. To do this combine 3-5 drops of lavender or cedar essential oils with 2-3 tbs of water. Use an eyedropper and apply about 10 drops in various places on the bandanna. Rub the fabric together in the areas where you put it. Now tie the bandanna on your dog. Do this once a week.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar (white distilled vinegar can also be used)  to a quart of their drinking water. This is a flea deterring drink. It is also aid to improve your pet’s coat and skin.If you got a larger dog that is around 80 lbs and up, use 2 teaspoons per quart.
  • Place 2 cups of fresh rosemary sprigs in about 6 cups of boiling water. Allow to steep for 30 minutes. Strain and pour into a gallon size jug, fill with warm water. While this solution is still warm pour it on your dog and allow to air dry.
  • Lavender essential oils are known as a natural flea killer. Place a couple drop of oil on the back of your dog’s neck and some at the base of their tail.
  • Consider sprinkling a spoonful of Brewer’s yeast directly on your dog’s food. Experts claim that this is suppose to make your dog taste repulsive to the flea.

How To Get Rid Of Fleas In The House

  • Flea bombs, I am not a big fan of these because it leaves all exposed surfaces in your home contaminated with the pesticide. But it is an option.
  • I can highly recommend Sentry. It worked really well. I was very pleased with it. I prefer natural remedies, but when they failed due to a very heavy infestation, I used this.
  • Place some soapy water under a night light at night. When you wake the next morning, you'll be surprised at how many fleas jumped in and could not get out. We had hundreds of them.We changed the water daily.
  • Lemons are a natural flea repellent. Quarter it and steep it in boiling water overnight or for at least 8 hours. Strain, put in a spray bottle and spray of your dog or around the flea infested areas.

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