Pet ownership is one of those things that offers many rewards as well as some challenges; especially owning a dog. Our companion animals become a part of our family in a very real sense and just like our human family members, our canine companions require care for health conditions. One of the most common problems that dogs and their owners face is fleas. These tiny blood sucking insects are a serious annoyance; while they do not pose a dire health hazard, they can drive our pets to distraction, as well as ourselves when they infest our homes. If you’re wondering how to get rid of fleas on dogs, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for some practical tips for ridding your pet dog and your home of fleas.
- Regular grooming is key to eliminating fleas and preventing them from becoming a serious problem in the first place. Regular baths and combing with a fine toothed comb can help remove fleas; and bathing your dog with a flea-repellant shampoo or using ingredients with natural flea repelling properties like eucalyptus and neem oil will help prevent these insects from seeing your dog as an easy meal.
- Sometimes your dog will get fleas despite your best efforts. When the itching is getting to Fido, try using a mixture of water with a little aloe vera to soothe the itching and give your pet some much needed relief. It’s not a cure for fleas, but it will help your pet feel better.
- There are a wide variety of flea repellants available on the market. The best move is to start with mild, all natural products and move up to something stronger if needed. Your local pet shop or online pet supply retailer will carry a selection of different products to choose from, so don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations.
- While you could choose flea sprays and bombs to rid your home of fleas (remember, only about 5% of the fleas are actually on the dog – the rest are in the environment), they are not always effective and can be toxic for your pet and yourself. Instead, try regular cleaning and vacuuming, if you have carpet to keep fleas under control.
- If you have a yard, chances are that’s where your dog is getting fleas. Try using cedar chips (they’re a natural flea repellant) as a border around your yard and mow regularly; tall grass provides many hiding places for fleas. The less places you give fleas to lurk in waiting for your dog to come by, the less likely they are to infest your dog and your home. You’ll be happier and your dog will thank you for your efforts.