June 12, 2010

Dealing With Fleas

Nobody wants to deal with fleas, including our dogs. But when you have dogs, you might be facing some flea problems at some point, if not, you are lucky and keep it that way. Fleas are nothing but parasites to our dogs and if your dog is infected with some fleas, it is best to face the problem and not take it for granted because if you just ignore it, it will only multiply and make things worse.

There are different ways that a dog can get infected with fleas. She/he can get it from your yard or lawn, other dogs, or from your carpets or furnitures that may have some fleas in them. Your dog will not be able to tell you that she/he got fleas, but one major indication that your dog might be infected with some fleas is if you started to notice that your dog has been scratching and itching a lot. Fleas can go anywhere in their body, from head to toe. Fleas are little insects that are hardly visible by the human eyes, and it goes even harder to see when your dog have long hair or fur.

But dont go panic, there are several different measures that you can do to prevent fleas, or to remove fleas from your beloved furry friend. Since it is hard to control exactly where a dog can get fleas from, it can be from your own backyard or from other dogs that they associate with, it is best to keep your dog protected by putting a shield in your dogs body to keep the fleas away. There are several different flea prevention products that you can purchase nowadays inorder to prevent fleas in your dogs. There are flea control chemicals that you can apply to your dogs back to prevent flea for months, or even a flea control collar that your dog can wear.

But if you suspect that your dog has fleas already and you need to get rid of them and do something about it before they multipy. To manually control the fleas from your dog body, you can use a flea comb to remove some of the fleas. A flea comb is a specially designed comb with tiny teeth inorder to sweep most fleas out. You can also purchase a flea body spray that you can apply to your dogs body to kill any existing fleas.

If a dog is infected with fleas, chances are some of the fleas fly off to your carpeting, etc. If you think that some of the fleas are already present in your carpeting, you can also purchase a chemical spray that you can apply to your carpet to kill the fleas. And if you suspect that your dog get the fleas from your lawn, there are also spray products that you can buy to spray in your lawn to kill the fleas.

If you use any of the flea products, always make sure that you read the instructions, labels, and proper applications so that you will be able to get the most use out of a product and not encounter any problems due to misapplications and improper treatments.

Between you and your beloved furry friend, keep the love alive, but not the fleas!

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This article is written by JazeVox of www.DogsCircle.com All Rights Reserved.


Nadine, Chewy and Lilibell said...

Hi, thank you for your comment on our blog!

You gave some good advice regarding fleas, but I would like to add that no one should buy any over the counter flea remedies and/or collars. I have read that many of these collars are very poisonous to dogs, especially the small breeds (in fact, there have been cases of seizures associated with the use of collars). There was one article I read on the internet (I wish I had bookmarked the site!), where it gave a list of over the counter sprays, powders and collars that are dangerous for dogs. If anyone wishes to use a flea preventative, it should always be purchased through their local vet.

I just recently read that a mixture of half Listerine (original formula) and half water sprayed onto a dog with fleas will actually kill the fleas! Here's a link to the article http://www.dailypuppy.com/articles/how-to-spray-listerine--water-to-get-rid-of-fleas/d6792830-071b-1b8b-6d8c-cb5cbd2f2dcd

Also, they say that Avon Skin So Soft is a good repellent for fleas.

I apologize if I come across as a know-it-all, but I'm against the flea/tick repellents as I think they are poisonous. I don't use anything on my two Chi's because I just don't like the idea of putting chemicals so close to their brains. Thankfully we've never had a flea problem, but if we ever do in the future, I will look to either holistic or natural remedies to solve the problem!

Jazevox said...

@Nadine, Chewy and Lilibell:
Thank you so much for your valuable input. Its great that you mentioned about the flea chemicals problems you heard of so that people will be aware of problems that are encountered by other dogs owners.

Our dogs are large, and we never notice any reaction from them for using flea collars. But its always better to be safe than sorry so its good to let everybody know what other dogs owners feedback about certain products.

I like natural remedies, thank you for mentioning Avon Skin So Soft and diluted Listerine!

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