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9 Strategies to Prevent Fleas from Biting Your Dog, Including Vacuums and Flea Shampoo

 by james on 07 Oct 2022 |
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9 Strategies to Prevent Fleas from Biting Your Dog, Including Vacuums and Flea Shampoo

Ah, the pleasures of being outside. Going outside is enjoyable for a variety of reasons, including swimming, hiking, and visiting parks. Fleas though? Not really.

These blood-sucking parasites can lead to major problems including allergies and skin infections, in addition to being unattractive and disturbing.

How can you prevent fleas on your dog all year long?

Even if you don't believe your pets have fleas, they should all receive flea prevention. All pets, even those that spend little time outside, are vulnerable. Fleas can enter the house with just one trip outside, swiftly spread throughout the house, and endanger both you and your pets.

Fleas will happily survive in a hot home setting for up to a year, so it's crucial to supply flea prevention year-round, even in cooler climates.

Here are 9 ways to prevent fleas from entering your home in the first place, as well as from attacking your dog friends.

1. Flea Shampoo


Giving your dog a flea bath with a medicated shampoo can be an affordable (albeit time-consuming) year-round way of flea prevention. Many shampoos for fleas kill them immediately upon touch and stop them from returning.

The finest flea shampoos for dogs also stop flea eggs and larvae from developing into adults for an extended period of time in addition to killing adult fleas while bathing. To relieve itchy skin, several of these shampoos also contain substances like oatmeal or aloe.

Given that the components in a flea wash won't persist as long as a topical or oral medication, you might need to bathe your dog every one to two weeks.

2. Topical Treatments for Flea and Ticks


Topical flea treatments are particularly successful at covering the dog's entire body, despite their appearance that they would only work where they are applied.

The medication is translocated throughout the dog's body by the oil glands, which is how the drops function.

Swimming, taking a bath, or being outside in the rain have no effect on these drugs.

Prior to the need for reapplication, topical treatments kill and repel fleas for several weeks. They may also operate to break the flea life cycle.

Your veterinarian can assist you in choosing the ideal topical medication for your dog based on her age, breed, and size. To get topical flea and tick medicine, you must have a prescription from your veterinarian.

3. Oral Treatment for Ticks and Fleas

In accordance with how serious the flea risk is, pet parents frequently employ topical treatments in addition to or instead of flea tablets.

Flea control medications are available as little, chewable tablets once a month. They attempt to stop the flea life cycle, but they cannot eliminate adult fleas on your pet.

Even for difficult-to-medicate dogs, flea tablets can be given because they have flavors added to make them more palatable.

4. Flea Collar

Another choice is using a flea collar, albeit their efficiency may differ depending on how invasive the fleas are in your environment and how much skin contact the collar has with your dog (in order to transfer the chemicals).

If you're unsure about whether a flea collar is the best option for your dog, see your veterinarian.

Find a flea collar that is suitable for your dog's age and size before making a decision. Before making a purchase, make sure to read reviews because some collars can have an unpleasant, strong odor.

Cut off any extra collar after your dog has a flea collar on to stop your dog from chewing on it. When your dog is wearing the collar, keep an eye out for symptoms of discomfort (such as increased scratching) in case an allergic response happens.

5. Flea Dip

A flea dip is a potent chemical that must first be diluted in water before being poured over the dog's back or rubbed to its fur with a sponge.

You won't rinse your dog off after using the dip product, unlike a shampoo bath.
Flea dips often contain medicines that kill adult fleas for two weeks or less. Flea dips are no longer as common as other control measures because of how potent and untidy they can be to use.

Ask your vet if a flea dip is advised for your dog; improper use can result in harmful reactions in both pets and those administering care.

6. Flea Wipes, Powders, and Sprays

Flea powders (the kind you use on your pet), sprays, and wipes are all reasonably priced ways to get rid of fleas.

However, if inhaled, the spray or fine powder forms might irritate the tongue and lungs (for both dogs and humans). Avoid applying these products close to your pet's mouth, nose, and eyes.

You might need to reapply these items as frequently as every two days because they lose their effectiveness on the skin more quickly than a topical therapy.

Before using flea powders, sprays, or wipes, consult your veterinarian and take extreme caution. These are not the most practical or efficient ways to keep your pet flea-free.

7. Cleaning the House

Did you know that fewer than 5% of the overall flea population in an infected home consists of adult fleas? For even small infestations, disrupting the parasite's life cycle requires a complete cleaning of the home.

Since young fleas can remain in the environment for several months, you will need to clean every day until the problem is under control.

Vacuum the entire house, paying special attention to your dog's favorite spots, as well as all the baseboards and corners. According to a recent study, vacuuming can capture and eliminate fleas at all life stages; it is 96% effective at eliminating adult fleas and 100% effective at eliminating flea eggs.

Vacuum the car as well as all of your dog's bedding and toys, then wash them in hot, soapy water. You might get fleas on your shoes or pant cuffs even though your dog never drives in your car.

The number of adult fleas that hatch in your home will be decreased if the bulk of flea eggs and larvae are removed.

8. Sprays for the home, carpet-flea powders, and foggers

Sprays, carpet flea powders, and/or foggers are available to further treat your home and will kill adult fleas as well as the larvae and eggs as they develop.

At your veterinarian's clinic, you can purchase sprays and foggers, but you should exercise caution while using them because they can be hazardous to fish, birds, cats, and children.

The majority of carpet flea powders make the assertion that they will kill ticks in addition to adult fleas, flea eggs, and flea larvae.

Before using these products, carefully read the labeling and consult your veterinarian for advice. Hire a professional exterminator if you're worried about treating your home thoroughly in cases of serious infestation.

9. Keeping Your Yard Trim

The number of fleas in your garden can be decreased by routinely trimming your lawn, bushes, and trees.

Consider employing yard sprays or granular treatments if the issue persists. Alternatively, you might think about using a pest control company for routine yard treatments.

Use these products with caution since they can be dangerous to people, pond fish, and pets.

To give thorough flea treatment for your pets and your home, discuss which of these techniques you should use with your veterinarian. You may need to combine a few.

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