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Dog Fleas

Fleas are parasites which infest your dog and feed off of their blood. They can cause discomfort as well as diseases through constant picking and sucking of blood. Fleas are known to have a great ability to jump large distances as well as have rapid reproduction rates. Fleas on dogs cause mild to severe itching and cause an annoyance to anyone who is around them or has them. Pet owners are also susceptible to contracting fleas therefore it is important to stop them from infesting your dog first.

Fleas are can be transmitted from dog to dog. Fleas can also come from other warm-blooded animals such as cats and rabbits. For the prevention of fleas it is important to keep your dog away from stray animals. Another factor which can contribute to fleas is the climate that they live in. If a dog is in a hot and humid climate they may be more prone to being infested by fleas.

Fleas on dogs can cause various mild to severe symptoms, which can consist of a constant itch biting of their skin. The persistent itching and biting can cause red spots on your dog's skin. You may be able to spot flea dirt on your dog's skin as well which are flea feces. If the itching and biting is severe, your dog may suffer hair loss or bald spots. Anemia can also occur in severe cases along with the release of a bad odor from the dog's skin. Some dogs also suffer an allergic reaction from the flea saliva.

Once a pet owner is aware that their dog has fleas there are certain steps which can be taken in order to eliminate this problem.

  1. Dab some petroleum jelly on the comb before brushing through your pet's fur so that the fleas and ticks will stick to it.
  2. Then use the flea comb to go through your dog's fur. Use tweezers or a tick scoop to remove any bugs and burrs which are nestled in your dog.

Often pet owners use flea pest control products however some of these products can be harmful to dogs because they are toxic. Many dogs become sick or die due to chronic low-dose exposure to organophosphate based insecticides which are in flea collars.

Fleas are prevalent during hot humid summers, with a peak in August and September. During these months, pet owners should pay more attention to the grooming of your pet and comb your pet with a flea comb more frequently.

Other natural mechanisms to prevent fleas:

  • Fleas hate the flavor of garlic and yeast.
  • The best natural defense against fleas and other pests is good overall health. By ensuring your animal had a balanced diet, grooming when necessary and regular exercise, you will take the first step to preventing fleas.

Fleas lay their eggs in carpets, curtain, upholstery, animal bedding, cracks and crevices. You should frequently vacuum these and wash your animals bedding. After vacuuming, be sure to replace the bag and take the old bag out of the house. Keep clutter on the floor to a minimum so that you deprive fleas of a hiding place.

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Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.