Pet owners everywhere dread finding fleas on their beloved pups. A nuisance usually only in warmer temperatures (70 to 80 degrees), spring and summer signal the time for pet parents to start watching out for fleas. There are many precautions that you can take to avoid fleas in the first place, but if you do find your pets dealing with flea bites, there are also treatments that can get your pet feeling happy and healthy again in no time.
One simple way to keep fleas away from your pet is to bathe him regularly, and to consider using a specially medicated flea and tick shampoo every two weeks during flea season (or all year round, depending on where you live.) Combing your pup after bathing, even if he has short hair, will also help keep your pet clean and flea-free.
Keeping your home and your pet’s environment clean is also an important step in ensuring that your pet has as few encounters with fleas as possible. Try using household or natural homemade sprays made for repelling pests, and make sure to give extra attention to spaces in your home that are easily accessible from the outside.
To avoid fleas that are already in your pet’s environment, flea collars and spot-on treatments are generally very effective. While it may seem that they would only protect against areas where they are worn or applied, the repellent will spread around your dog’s body through oil glands. Always be attentive when trying out knew options to ensure that they don’t cause an allergic reaction or side effects.
How to Handle a Flea Infestation
Since fleas are very persistent, one of the most effective ways of getting rid of them is through chemical treatment. Spot on treatments will work for flea prevention as well as removal, but the faster option for removal is generally through oral medication. Talk to your veterinarian about the best oral treatments for your pet; many brands will help remove most of the infestation within a few hours. There are many natural alternatives that also work, and your vet may be able to guide you if you would rather not use chemicals.
If you live in a warmer climate or if fleas become a recurring problem, consider prescription medication for both flea prevention and removal. Your vet will know the best prescription medications for your pup, but it’s important to note that dogs with an allergy to flea saliva should not use prescriptions like this in most cases.
Skin and Coat Support
The dryness and itchiness caused by allergic reactions to flea infestation and some flea prevention methods can stick with your pet throughout flea season. All dogs can benefit from a skin and coat supplement that is packed with Omega 3’s, a nutrient that dogs don’t get from normal food sources. We recommend DermWELL, which promotes more hydrated, elastic skin and helps stop painful itching and scratching.
There’s virtually no way to avoid fleas if your pet spends time outdoors in the spring and summer but there are plenty of methods for making sure that they bother your dog (and you!) as little as possible. As always, remember to consult a vet for any serious issues regarding your pet’s health.