How To Guide: Getting Rid of Fleas
by Maura Forsyth | April 6, 2019 | Blog
If your dog is itching, biting, and rubbing at their skin, they might have fleas. Fleas are extremely common among pets and a regular sign is when they are scratching at their fur. The reason they’re itching is because of the protein in a flea’s saliva. Once a flea bites the skin, it will cause your dog to itch.
How to Check:
Visual: Fleas are small, brown, and a nuisance. If there are enough of them, you can see them jumping from your dog’s fur to the floor.
Flea comb: These are available online or at pet stores. Comb the bristles through your dog’s fur. The thinly spaced comb easily captures fleas, flea dirt, and dandruff.
White towel: To easily spot fleas and flea dirt, place a white towel underneath your dog. Then comb your pet. If you spot small, black flecks on the towel, this is most likely flea dirt and a clear sign your dog has fleas.
Veterinarian: If none of these options work and your dog is still itching, take them to the vet to have them checked out.
What to Look For:
Red bumps: These are most likely found on a dog’s groin, belly, and armpits.
Flea dirt: The small, black specks found within your dog’s fur is actually flea feces.
Hair Loss: In serious cases and because of your dog’s intense itching, they may start to lose their hair.
How to Get Rid of Fleas:
Soapy water: When using your flea comb keep a bowl of soapy water on hand to drown any live fleas you find.
Medication: There are topical treatments and flea pills to get rid of fleas on your dogs. However, these will probably only eradicate the fleas currently in your pets’ fur.
Vacuum: Fleas are often not just on your dog but also in your home. Usually they reside in areas where your pet spends a lot of time near their bed or food bowl. Vacuum the floor, couch, cushions, etc. Anywhere your dog spends time. Make sure to throw out the vacuum bag outside.
Pest control: The best way to get rid of fleas is to get a professional pest control expert such from PestControlExperts.com. PestControlExperts.com will use a residual treatment with an insect growth regulator to eradicate fleas from your home.