One of the common causes of itching and scratching in dogs is fleas. These small but persistent insects survive by feeding on human and animal blood. Besides being annoying and irritating, these insects can cause severe allergic reactions or pass potentially dangerous diseases to your dog. Young puppies with fleas are at a higher risk of developing anemia which can be fatal due to extreme blood loss.
Note that flea infestation can happen at any time of the year, but your dog is at a higher risk of being infected during the summer months. That’s because these insects thrive very well in warm environments. The key to getting rid of them for good is to kill both the visible adults on your dog, as well as their eggs and larvae hidden in your home. Here are some natural ways to help you get rid of fleas from your dog at home:
Symptoms Of Fleas In Dogs
So, how can you tell that your dog has fleas? Look out for these symptoms – scratching and itching, pus oozing from sores, fleas dirt (poop) on your dog’s skin, patchy hair loss and red bumps. If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, take your dog to the vet immediately for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Effective Ways To Eliminate Fleas From Dogs
Give Your Dog a Thorough Bath
Giving your dog a thorough bath is of the best ways to kill fleas and their eggs, as well as to remove pesky flea poop that remains on his body. There are several flea shampoos available in pet stores, so finding what works for you and your pet shouldn’t be a problem. You can also opt for natural flea shampoos if you’re worried about the toxic chemicals in commercially-prepared shampoos. You’ll be surprised by the number of fleas and dirt being washed off.
Use Flea Combs After Bathing
Since bathing may not kill everything, combing your dog’s hair immediately after a bath with a flea comb can help eliminate any fleas that you may have missed. They are very effective since their teeth have double rows that easily embed fleas, thereby preventing them from escaping. Be sure to comb your dog all over the body, and while at it, have soapy water near you to drown and kill all the fleas that you pick up.
Clean Your Dog’s Bedding Regularly
You also need to soak your dog’s bedding or blanket in hot water for some minutes and wash it thoroughly thereafter. Be sure to check the washing instructions of the bedding. If it allows for machine drying, then use the dryer preferably on a hot cycle to kill any remaining fleas, eggs or larvae.
Reduce Humidity Levels In Your Home For Some Days
Since fleas thrive in hot and humid conditions, reducing the humidity level in your home can help kill adult fleas or prevent their eggs from hatching. So, consider setting your dehumidifier at under 50 percent for some days to eliminate these pesky insects.
This is the most important step if you want to get rid of all fleas from your home for good. Consider spraying some baking soda on your carpet and let it sit for a few hours. This will aid in killing the eggs or larvae that are hidden deep into your carpet before vacuuming. While vacuuming, pay particular attention to the places your dog frequents. When you’re done, remove and discard the vacuum bag.
With these tips in mind, getting rid of fleas permanently from your dog and home should be much easier.