Fleas in dogs are one of the most annoying problems that not only affect the dog but also humans. Fleas can spread so quickly that if you don’t take this seriously then you are likely to end up being completely surprised. These fleas can spread all over your house & they can also put some eggs in many corners in the house, so it’s a good idea to take care of this issue before it’s too late.
Flea is known as Ctenocephalides canis which lives as an ectoparasite on a large variety of mammals. The Ctenocephalides canis can also turn out to be the Dipylidium caninum.
These creatures feed blood by biting, however sometimes they can create an infection in the dog’s skin. Keep in mind that these creatures can release up to 4000 eggs.
Fleas have a particular life cycle embryo (egg), Larva (caterpillar), Pupa (cocoon), imago (adult). This whole life stage covers up their life cycle from egg to adult. Depending on the environment (temperature, availability & humidity) it takes different time cycle for their whole life.
Fleas tend to live in a warm-blooded animal. When they find something like this it becomes very comfortable for them to live, that’s why cat & dogs are most likely to suffer from this problem. When female flea finds their way in your dog;’s body they will live there for several weeks, & during this time period, it will suck the blood. Keep in mind that these creatures will release twenty to thirty eggs every day which sometimes turn out to be an infection.
In the stage of egg period, it will continue to grow up in the pace where it was landed. When it comes 1/12 in size of adult it can continue to grow up & spread everywhere.
You may sometimes notice some black specks in your dog which are sometimes known as flea dirt (it’s fecal of adult fleas). If you want to find out these black specks then, first you can use a grooming tool (flea comb) by putting it on all over the skin through the coat. You may notice some flea dirt while pulling it off. TO destroy those fleas, you need to drown them in a bowl of soapy water.
Another great way is, you can place a white paper towel under the dog & then rub your own hands all over the fur if there is any flea dirt then find it out.
Keep in mind that, dogs tend to show discomfort & insecurity when they have fleas in the body.
You may often notice that your dog is scratching hard in the body.
How to get over flea,
Use flea comb,
There are lots of dog shampoo available on the market which can benefit your dog. First, you need to add a half cup of the liquid shampoo, then mix it up with squeezed lemon & two to three cups of water. When everything is done, finally you need to pour the mixture in bowel or bottle & then take it to bath your dog.
Keep using this mixture in bathing for a couple of weeks & you can easily see a significant result
Apple cider vinegar
This is a well-known tactic, you can easily choose. First, you have to take one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a quarter liter of water. Then you can give it to the dog to drink. This thing normally keeps the coat of the dogs acidic & thus it keeps the fleas away from the dog’s skin.
Sometimes many dog owners ask that is ACV is okay to apply? But it’s not safe to apply directly because it may create discomfort in the dog’s skin.
Remember, fleas not only live only on the dog’s skin it can also quickly spread all over the bed & other places. SO you can wash the dog’s bed with good detergent & the area all over there.
When it’s done don’t forget to dry
Boric acid powder
Boric acid powder is very useful when it comes to removing the tick. You can put the boric acid powder in some areas where the sunlight doesn’t reach.
You can also put two or three drops of lavender oil in water. Then shake it up when the mixture is done you can apply it all over on your dog’s collar or the dog’s neck.
Vacuum the floor
Remember fleas are most likely to live in the warm and moist surface. It’s important that you clean & vacuums the floor. Because whenever the rest of the fleas are living there it can also affect your dog.
Fleas in home
If you want to destroy the territory of fleas then you need to have a thorough vacuum cleaning in your house. Remember fleas lay plenty of their eggs in areas like carpets and other corners of the house. SO if one side is clear then another side should be cleared as well.
Before you wash your dog, it’s a good option that you wash the bed, carpet and other corners of your house. When you are done with it then it’s finally time to wash your dog. However, sometimes, fleas tend to hide in the carpet & even if you clean the carpet you may have the biting of fleas so if that happens then you should use chemical cleaning the carpet.
Flea prevention for dogs
IF you want to get the best & the long term result then follow the following steps
Clean the entire house and bathe your dog
Fleas can spread in your backyard so it’s important to pay attention to these areas.
Don’t forget to regularly brush your dog bed & blanket.
Talk to your veteran
In severe situations, fleas can cause infections & you may notice your dog scratching excessively so if that happens the best idea is to take the dog to the vet. Your vet may take some check-ups to determine the condition of your dog. Depending on the condition your vet may recommend some soap or shampoo for the dog.
Flea control in the indoor environment
The best way to destroy the fleas inside the house is to remove all stages of the fleas. You have to kill the remaining adults and prevent the immature forms from developing
You can vacuum thoroughly inside the house. Pay special attention in the carpet, dogs bedding and furniture edges. Remember that vacuuming can clean up yo 50 % of their eggs. You should vacuum in places where everyone goes around too often because fleas can spread from those places
You can also take advantage of some products which contain an adulticide and an insect growth (IGR). There are many foggers, sprays & powders that can help you by killing the remaining fleas and eggs and larvae.
Matthew Frank was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He was a reputed author of Pet Therapy Dogs and Pet Dog Cat.
Matthew is a regular author of this blog who is studying Veterinary medicine at Purdue University.