Fleas are little vampire bugs that set up camp in your dog’s fur and suck its blood. They can sometimes be difficult to get rid of, but there are some good solutions out there to help you get the job done.
The first step is to get to know the enemy: fleas have a very precise life cycle. First the flea lays eggs, which become larvas and then nymphs, and ultimately turn into adult parasites. Once they’ve reached full maturity, fleas live on animals like your dog. And then the cycle starts all over again. The fleas lay eggs, which then get spread all over the house. The eggs turn into lava and then, before you know it, you have more adult fleas. So, this means that a home can be rapidly invaded by these little buggers.
Anti-flee products found in stores treat the different stages of a flea’s life. So, pay close attention and read the description thoroughly before buying one of these products.
However, the best method is prevention. These products destroy the fleas and stop them from reproducing, if they are unable to stop the fleas from actually entering the house. There are preventative pills and liquids, as well as special collars that alert you to a potentially calamitous invasion.
On the other hand, if you dog is already infested with these pesky little guys, there are oral treatments as well as special shampoos that are very effective and can quickly kill off these invaders. Once your pet has been treated, the only thing left to do is get the rest of the fleas out of the house. This process could take several months (between 4-5 months) because you must kill off the bugs at each stage of their life cycle.
Here are the steps to take:
-Wash all the bedding and towels in the house with a quality detergent
-Vacuum all rooms
- Search the whole house for fleas and kill them using aerosol-style spray products
-Continue preventative treatments
And, when in doubt, it’s always a good idea to talk to your veterinarian to ask for more advice.
If you have several pets, it’s also very useful to treat them all at the same time to avoid a second wave.
One last thing – after each walk, meticulously inspect your pet’s fur, especially their feet, toes, lips, eyes, ears and tail. It’s better to be on the offensive than the defensive.