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Got fleas? how to spot and care for fleas on your dog - pets

 

Your poor pooch is scratching himself all over. Plus, you know he's uncomfortable for the reason that he's whimpering and gnawing too. Probability are, he's got fleas. These a small amount sixlegged parasites will wreak havoc and confusion for you and your pet if you don't learn how to take care of the problem now.

Most fleas are known in the medicinal world as Ctenocephalides Felis, which is a species of cat flea that has exceedingly enjoys dog meat. It's ironic, but true. These a small amount buggers have four stages to their life-egg-larva-pupa-adult-and it's your job to kill them all off or you're going to have big problems with these tiny insects.

Fleas boom in warm, humid and low height above sea level areas. Female fleas are the one's that need your puppy or dog's blood in order to lay her eggs, and their most expected the ones that are aggravating your pooch the most. However, male fleas also do their fair share of bloodletting on your doggie's skin. If you live in a electric fire climate (southern US states or Hawaii), you ought to treat your dog for fleas year-round.

There are many ways to check to see if you puppy or dog has fleas. As mentioned above, they may scratch, bite or whimper, but many dogs won't react at all. It simply depends upon their skin type and if they have an allergic reaction to the flea's salvia residue, and not the definite bite. If your dog is allergic to fleas and/or their bites, you'll know it.

It's called Flea Hypersensitivity Dermatitis (FAD), and the dog may develop a rash or even lose hair. Fleas also spread tapeworms and have been known in extreme, but not rare, cases to cause your dog (or chiefly puppies) anemia. To check for fleas yourself, cleanly brush up your puppy or dog's coat and look for the insects hopping around. If you can't see them for yourself, try using a magnifying glass under good light. Keep in mind that fleas don't necessarily live on your dog. So, you may have to check for small flea feces or eggs, which are brown and/or red.

If you advertisement fleas, there are some clothes that you must do. You may want to talk or visit with your vet ahead of starting your own flea-battling regimen. First, let's take care of the puppy or dog. Use gentle flea and tick shampoo. Wash and soak thoroughly. The cleanse will rid your dog's skin of any eggs, larvae or flea feces. When dry, you may want to use some flea powder on your dog. But first, test a spot to make sure that it doesn't burn or chafe your dog's skin. Second, wash the puppy or dog's sleeping area (which you should do once a week anyway). Use a pyrethrin-based product or an Insect Development Controller (IGR) or Insect Developmental Inhibitor (IDI) on his sleeping area. Try using a monthly measured quantity consequence proven to help battle against fleas. If your dog still has discomfort, use a dermatological mist and/or try an antihistamine tablet. Keep your dog from consecutively all over the house. He should remain to some extent quarantined as to not roll about on or become infected with any more fleas.

Finally, it's time to take care of the ecosystem that the fleas flourish in, your home. First, experts say that vacuuming the infected area will help substantially. Be sure to empty and change the vacuum bag each time. Then, you can use an IGR or IDI creation all the way through your home. Advance yet, use a canned fogger in your home and spray in all the hard-toreach areas. Then, vacuum completely again. You can also treat the grass in your yard alongside fleas. It's a full-fledged battle alongside an more or less imaginary enemy. You can win it, and you must for you and your dog's sanity.

About the Author:
Tina Spriggs is an authority dog lover whose constant advantage in canines provides the motivation for her site. To learn more about dogs or to find gifts and toys for them visit her site at Dog Gifts and Toys for Dog Lovers.

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