Fleas are always a problem for people who have dogs. They are very difficult to deal with and almost impossible to remove entirely. When selecting just the right flea treatment for your pet and your home, there are a number of things to keep in mind.
Additionally, it is helpful to understand the life cycle of the flea in order to choose a treatment or combination of treatments that will truly be effective.
The life cycle of a flea is approximately four weeks. During that time span, it goes from egg to larva to adult. The adult lays eggs, and multiple fleas begin this process all over again. There are lots of flea products that will kill adult fleas, but they have no effect on the eggs. These kinds of products can have no lasting effect. You may exterminate mass numbers of adult fleas only to have them replaced by new adults in a matter of hours.
Fleas in the home
In addition to this challenge, you must also realize that just eradicating fleas on your dog is not enough. Fleas also lurk about in cracks in your woodwork and on soft, textile surfaces such as upholstered furniture, carpeting and drapery. For this reason, it is very difficult to get rid of all of them. You will need to treat both your dog and your home.
The first thing you should do is wash your dogs bedding and vacuum your whole house completely. Following this up by defogging the house with a strong flea product will help tremendously. Be sure to read and follow all instructions on the defogging product to be sure of maximum safety.
When it comes to battling fleas on your dog, there are many choices in products. You can select from spot-on products, collars, sprays, powders, medications and injections. These type of products disrupt the fleas’ life cycle and prevent the hatching of eggs. These approaches can be very effective. By combining a number of different approaches, you have a far better chance of making a strong impact on your flea population.
Of course, all of the flea remedies mentioned so far depend strongly on toxic chemicals. Many people do not like the idea of exposure to these chemicals. Luckily, there are quite a few natural ways to deal with dog fleas. You must remember that if you use these methods you should do them consistently and in an ongoing manner. One treatment will not do anything.
Natural Flea Repellents
You can make your dog unattractive to fleas by adding garlic powder to his food. Brewer’s yeast is also unpalatable to fleas. Adding a bit of apple cider vinegar to your dog’s water will also have this effect. Talk with your vet about the correct amount of these supplements to add to your dog’s food and water. Garlic can be toxic to dogs, so you certainly do not want to overdo it.
In the right amounts, these additions repel fleas and boost your dog’s immune system to provide him with natural defenses against all manner of problems.
You can also treat your dog topically for fleas. Bathing your dog with standard dish soap will kill adult fleas on the dog. Finish up his bath with an apple cider vinegar rinse. Oil of basil added to the rinse is also effective in repelling fleas.
Fleas are a very challenging problem for dog owners. If you have a dog, you must be constantly alert to this problem. It takes constant and consistent efforts to rid your dog and your home of fleas. Follow the tips presented here for the best results in staying flea free.