This article will help you get rid of fleas on your dogs. If you are a cat lover, the Pawsome Kitty has their own post showing the 10 best flea treatments for cats.
Fleas are generally summer problem. Most of the dog owners experience flea infestation on their dogs during summer season, when the weather becomes hot.
Fleas are tinny, flightless insects. They move by jumping from animal to animal or from the environment that contains fleas. Fleas grow on dogs or cats and consume the blood of the host animal. Their bites are itchy and painful. Sometimes they may result in severe itching, hair loss and skin infections.
Flea infestation is very irritating for your pet and also annoying for you. Prevention of fleas is lot easier than flea treatment. So, try to take steps to prevent fleas before flea infestation. Once your dog has infested with fleas, it is better to start the treatment immediately.
How to get rid of fleas on dogs?
There are a lot of flea treatments are available. Both medicated treatment and home remedies you can use. You may also consult with veterinarian before giving your dog any medication.
You can use the following medications. These are effective for flea treatment. But, keep in mind that most of the flea medications are chemicals and they have their own side effects. So, read the label and follow the instructions carefully before using.
Here we have included the best medicated treatment for fleas. Hope, it will help you to choose the right medication for your dog.
Flea and tick shampoos
Flea bath is one of the effective treatment if your dog has a large number of visible fleas on its body. You can use either normal shampoo or special medicated shampoo for fleas and ticks. Normal shampoos are good enough. But, medicated shampoos are more effective for flea treatment.
Flea shampoos are not for long lasting control. These shampoos only last for one day or may be less than that.
Flea dips are used to treat fleas and also mites and ticks. These chemical rinses are applied to the dog’s coat when the flea infestation is completely started. Flea dips work 1-2 weeks effectively against the adult fleas.
There are variety of flea collars according to quality. Generally, flea collars help to kill adult fleas near the infested animal’s head and shoulder. Flea collars work in two ways. One type of collar emits a toxic gas and helps to kill fleas.
The second type emit gas, which is then absorbed by the flea infested animal’s subcutaneous fat layer. This gas kills the fleas when they suck the animal’s blood. The second type of flea collars are more effective.
Flea powders and sprays
Flea powders and sprays works against adult fleas. Some of them also inhibit flea larvae and eggs. Few of the sprays contain adulticide and insect growth regulator which help to kill both flea eggs and adult fleas. Both of flea powders and sprays last about 2 to 3 days. These also give protection from mites and ticks.
Flea pills work by breaking the life cycle of fleas. These medications don’t kill the adult fleas; but, stop the formation of larvae from the flea eggs. When a dog takes these medications and the female fleas suck the blood of that dog, these fleas will lay eggs that will not hatch. As a result, flea life cycle will be stopped.
Spot-on treatments are one of the most popular treatment against flea infestation. These are applied on shoulder blade of dogs. Spot-on treatments usually last about one month and effectively kill adult fleas. Some of these medication also effectively stop the larval development of fleas and inhibit the eggs from hatching.
As a dog owner, you may be worried about how to get rid of fleas on your dog. But, reading this informative article now you know about the flea medications. Give your dog the right treatment and keep healthy. Beside this, take preventive steps and keep your environment clean. Enjoy with your beloved friend.
*This is a guest post and I did not write it, but as a dog (and cat) owner, and as a husband whose wife is phobic about bugs in the house, I can tell you that I am well versed in how to get rid of fleas on dogs and these tips work.