Spring and summertime are excellent for outdoor adventures with your furry friend. You get to take your dog out to parks, on treks to enjoy the beautiful warm weather together.
However, this is also the time when fleas are most active.
Fleas are tiny insects between 1/12 to 1/8 inches in length. They’re extremely common as they have a high reproduction rate--a single female flea can lay as many as 40 eggs in a day! It doesn’t take long to have a flea infestation at your place.
In this blog post, we’ll go through everything you need to know about dogs and fleas.
Let’s get started!
Does My Dog Have Fleas? Here’s How You’ll Know
It’s hard to spot fleas with the naked eye since they’re so small in size and great at hiding.
However, just because they’re not visible doesn’t mean they aren’t there!
Your furry friend may have fleas if the has been overgrooming himself or excessively scratching himself. Some even develop bald spots with all that scratching!
Fleas don’t have anything to do with grooming. A well-groomed dog, too, could get fleas.
I Think My Dog Has Fleas! What Do I Do?
If you suspect that your dog has fleas, you should get him treated as soon as possible.
There’s another thing, though.
Most pet parents realize that a single female flea can lay up to 40 eggs in 24 hours. They don’t just lay eggs on your dog’s body---they also find their way into your furniture, carpeting, etc.
It all happens under your nose!
Your favorite armchair could have hundreds of flea eggs on it! Fleas can survive on your furniture for roughly 11 months. So, it’s crucial to thoroughly clean your furnishing, carpets, and furniture with aerosol spray if your dog has fleas.
Dogs and Fleas: Treatment Options
The good news is that you’ll find various flea treatments on the market. These include:
● Spot-on treatments: You can apply the liquid at the infestation site, killing the fleas and eggs
● Collars: These are incredibly effective but only protect the area around your
● Sprays: You can spray these all over your dog’s fur to repel the fleas
● Powder: This is the oldest trick in the book and highly effective with adult fleas
● Tablets: These are extremely useful if your dog has an ongoing and
uncontrollable flea infestation
Tablets and spot-on treatments are extremely useful in getting rid of fleas and come highly recommended.
In a nutshell: Dogs and Fleas
Fleas in dogs are hard to spot but cause considerable discomfort in dogs. A flea
infestation can quickly get out of hand--especially the insects find their way to your home. It’s important to nip them in the bud using the various over the counter treatment options available.
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