Preventing Fleas and Checking for Fleas on Dogs

Fleas can be a hassle, but there are ways to take car of them. The first thing to do is prevent your dog from getting them in the first place. This can be done by using a variety of medicines once a month. Insect growth regulators are a type of drug that prevents adult fleas by killing the eggs and larvae. Program® and Nylar® are just a few of these IGR’s.

Some vets will prescribe a flea medicine monthly to prevent fleas, and some will recommend using a flea spray. Flea sprays will keep fleas from entering your house and biting away at your friend. Flea collars can help prevent fleas as well. Flea collars have a flea killing powder in them that (when put on correctly) will spread all throughout your pet’s fur.

If you don’t apply a medication for your dog to prevent fleas, it’s fairly easy to tell if your dog catches them. Fleas will cause dogs to itch, and they will scratch frequently. Dogs may cause bloody scratches on their entire body scratching away at the fleas. This is probably the best sign of fleas.  A dog owner should be able to see the fleas, although the flea eggs/larvae aren’t easy to detect.

If your dog already has fleas, there are ways to control them. Fleas can eat away at your dog’s skin, and yours. If they have infested your house, a good way to control them is to bomb your house. Precore plus Frogger Flea Bomb is a good brand to use. When you bomb your house, you have to read the directions carefully and make sure that your pets are all out of the house.

A flea dip will then need to be used. Flea dipping is easy. Follow the directions for how much to dilute it, and then soak your dog in it. Also, the use of flea medicines can help. Frontline Plus, Sergeants, and Advantage are just a few of these medicines that can be administered to your pet.