Fleas on dogs are a serious issue that can cause the dog extreme itching and hair-loss, and even inflammation and skin infection. In that respect, it’s paramount to take counter measures and protect your dog from this pest. Luckily, treatments also work well in case your dog already has fleas, but it’s essential to get rid of the entire flea life cycle in order to create a safe environment. Fleas can attack the dog by jumping on it from a host dog or environment, which is a serious reason for concern. Moreover, these insects enjoy hot and humid weather, so pay attention to this in regards to the weather conditions all year round where you live.
What you need to know about the flea life cycle
Unfortunately, the simplest thing to do is to get rid of adult fleas, but that won’t solve the problem for your dog for long. Namely, fleas go through four life cycles which include egg, larva, pupa and adult. As mentioned, spotting adult fleas is easy, but the real issue here is your fight against the other life cycles. Adult fleas would lay eggs on your dog and these eggs can end up anywhere your dog passes by. With that said, you realize how dangerous fleas can be. You have no way of knowing where the eggs may fall, and to make matters worse, they generally prefer softer surfaces such as your carpet, bed or sofa. This is where the eggs will turn into larvae, and then enter the pupa stage. Once they become an adult, fleas will attack your dog again. Therefore, you need to make sure that every single stage of fleas’ life cycle is completely eliminated from your dog’s and your personal environment. What’s more, some treatments are only effective on one or two specific flea life stages, so don’t get too comfy and read the label.
Flea prevention and treatment
Obviously, it’s always better to prevent the infestation of fleas before you have to treat your dog. There are numerous flea prevention options on the market. You can use special dog collars or opt for liquid application and even pills for the most effective preventive measure. However, not every breed of dog reacts the same way to these measures. In that respect, it’s extremely important to talk to your vet about this. In case your dog already has fleas, you may need to take some extra steps. Some prevention options will still kill the fleas, but depending on the severity of the situation, you may also need to make the most out of effective flea treatment options for dogs. These can be natural or chemical. You also have a wide range of flea shampoos and powders that can help tremendously.
Fight away the fleas in your home
The difficult part of dealing with fleas on your dog is the fact that the fleas are probably still lurking in your home or yard, ready to jump on your furry friend. Some dog flea treatments show results very quickly, but the situation is pretty different when it comes to your home. In general, you should expect that the whole process of killing fleas in your home will take about three to four months. Essentially, you should wash all your bedding and linen in hot and soapy water, vacuum all the surfaces in your home on a regular basis (don’t forget to get rid of the vacuum bag afterwards), and call for the exterminator or apply a flea repellent both inside your home and your yard. Of course, don’t stop using the preventive/treatment for fleas on your dog during this time.
It may seem like you can handle flea infestation by yourself, but always seek professional help in these cases. You never know what kind of treatment, prevention or even repellent will work well for your dog, or make the dog sick. This is why you should always talk to your vet, as they’ll be able to offer the best possible solution for you and your pup.