These are some of my favorite ways to prevent fleas on your dog.
Knowing how flea bites actually look like is the key in indentifying them especially in your dogs.
While spot-on medications seem like they would only work on the spot they are applied to (in the same way a collar works), they are actually very effective at covering the animal’s entire body. The drops work by a process of translocation, by which the medication is spread over the body by way of the oil glands. They are not affected by bathing, swimming or rain and will kill and repel fleas for several weeks before reapplication. They may also work to interrupt the flea life cycle while it is in progress. Before choosing a particular spot-on product, read all labels carefully to be sure you are choosing the one most appropriate for your dog’s age and size.
The dog flea, Ctenocephalides canis (Curtis), is an important ectoparasite of both wild and domestic canids around the world (Durden et al. 2005). It is similar in appearance to the ubiquitous cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis (Bouché), but is encountered less frequently and thus has not been studied as thoroughly. The dog flea has been reported on many mammalian hosts including dogs, cats, rabbits, rats, gray foxes, red foxes, woodchucks, and humans (Fox 1940). Ctenocephalides canis can act as intermediate hosts for parasitic worms including the double-pored tapeworm, Dipylidium caninum, and the nematode, Acanthocheilonema reconditum (Durden and Hinkle 2009).
Fleas don’t like a dog who’s pH balanced.
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Fleas may be small in size, but they can cause your dog to experience excessive itching, hot spots, and skin infections. In general, these conditions can be prevented by using a flea control preventative. Don't let your dog suffer from an uncomfortable flea infestation. Help remove fleas on your dog and prevent future infestations by using the variety of available flea control products such as those listed below.Topical flea control for dogs is most popular in liquid drop form. These products can treat existing infestations and help prevent future outbreaks. Apply the product directly onto your dog's skin, between the shoulder blades, unless otherwise noted on the product packaging. For small breeds, is recommended and for large dogs, we recommend or . All are waterproof.Oral flea treatments such as are quick and effective. The medication travels through your dog's bloodstream and to the skin's surface, helping to kill biting fleas. Newer combination pill treatments such as and also prevent heartworm disease and other intestinal parasites like roundworms, hookworms and whipworms. See product label for details. Ah, the joys of Spring and Summer. The return of , , , all reasons to look forward to the season. But the return of fleas? Not so much. Not only are these blood-sucking parasites unsightly and creepy, they can also cause some serious diseases. So, how can you keep your dog flea-free this season? Here are a few ideas to consider ...