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    How to get rid of dog fleas at home?

    Articlegeneral dog adviceMonday 18 July 2011
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    The dog fleas can feed on humans, cats and other animals. Fleas have existed since prehistoric times and have been found in artic as well as tropical climates all over the world. The fleas can jump 150 times the length of their miniscule bodies and that is what makes them difficult to catch and kill. If your dog has fleas you should remember to treat both: your puppy and its environment. Fleas are resilient, they have several stages of life cycle and are very difficult to kill. The flea’s ability to reproduce is a great problem for all pet owners as a female flea might lay over a thousand eggs in a lifetime. That means that each flea you see on your dog, there probably are thousands of other fleas but at different stages of their life: eggs, larvae, pupae etc. And it doesn’t mean you should search for them on your dog: your carpet, furniture and other pets might have been attacked!

    If you have detected fleas on your dog (read here to learn how to examine your dog at home for fleas), you should react immediately. Fleas are blood sucker and one bite can be enough to bring on the unbearable itching and scratching. In severe cases, the cycle of itching and scratching causes the dog's skin to thicken and her hair to fall out. The raw skin is more vulnerable to bacterial infections.

    There is a great variety of products to kill or repel fleas. You can choose between various flea shampoos, sprays, and powders. Although the majority of these products can kill all the fleas present on your dog at the time of application, it might have no sense because there can already be some flea eggs and within 24 hours another fleas can arise. However, if you decide to try shampoo, begin on the dog’s head and face, wash ears carefully and do not miss any probable flea shelter. As flea shampoos kill adult fleas, they might be used daily. Flea sprays that contain insect growth regulators help to deal with the overall problem as it help to break the flea life cycle. Due to this fact, the flea sprays application might not be recommended to use daily – always consult a the label or a vet. Flea powders are easy to use as they can be applied by simply sprinkling them on your dog's coat. After the dog has been treated with a flea shampoo, you can try to apply the flea rinses or dips. Their effect can take to 4-5days. Flea rinses and dips require a whole dog to be dipped. Always make sure to follow the label instructions on whatever product you buy, and pay close attention to age restrictions.

    However, remember that whatever flea-control products you choose, you should always read and follow directions precisely. Every flea product is a poison of some kind, and can be dangerous if used incorrectly. If you notice any strange symptoms in your dog -- whether during the course of a flea-control program or not -- get her to the vet immediately. Left untreated, chemical poisoning may quickly progress to convulsions, collapse, coma, and even death.

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