Dogs and cats, as well as pet owners, are frequently plagued by fleas and ticks. These tiny parasites live off the blood of their hosts. Fleas, despite their lack of wings, may jump up to 13 inches, approximately 200 times their own body length.

 

Knowing your enemy is crucial. Fleas have a four-stage life cycle:

Egg

Flea Larva

Pupa

Adult

 

Adults feed on the blood and eggs of animals such as your dog. 2,000 eggs can be laid by a single flea mother. Every time your dog scratches, shakes, or lays down, these flea eggs hatch and spread throughout your home and yard in a matter of days.

 

Fleas aren't only tiny; they're also fast. At first glance, you may not even see them. There are some pets that are more sensitive to being bitten than others. An allergic reaction to the saliva of the insects results in itching. Scratching may become more common in your pet. Your pet may have scabs, flea dirt or something like salt and pepper in their bed if you take a closer look.

 

Fleas dont affect only animals. It can also leave uncomfortable welts on your skin if flea bites you. Typhus and the plague, for example, can be spread by some of these people. If your cat is infected, you run the risk of contracting "cat scratch disease." Fleas can transmit tapeworms to pets and humans.

 

If your pet has fleas, you'll need to treat them with medication. It's also crucial to get rid of the bugs on your pet. There will be less fleas in your home and less itching -- and helps keep fleas out of your home.

 

Flea Treatments and Home Remedies

 

Your pet and your home should be free of fleas as soon as possible if you find them. It is easy for a handful to turn into a large infestation, which can be problematic for both you and your pets.

 

You can use the following therapies and treatments to get rid of fleas.

 

1.Taking a Bath for Your Pet

To get rid of fleas, the first thing you need do is bathe your pet. Your pet can be free of fleas by simply bathing him in lukewarm water, or by using water and mild soap. Fleas can be drowned using dish soap. Using a flea shampoo or something similar should be discussed with your veterinarian before you use it. It can strip the oils from your pet's coat and leave their skin dry and flaky if used incorrectly. This condition, which is known as flea allergy dermatitis, affects the skin of pets that are allergic to fleas. If your pet has any additional open sores or "raw areas" on its skin, this is also true for your pet. Flea products contain a number of chemicals that have the potential to aggravate existing skin conditions.

 

While bathing can help your pet, it's not required. There is no need to perform this step if you are concerned about your pet's reaction. It is best not to bathe your pet too frequently. Make an appointment with your veterinarian to find out what's best for your pet. For serious flea infestations, some may require daily washes, while others may only require them once a week. It's also possible that the shampoo you're using has an effect.

 

You can even make dog shampoo at home - Mix 1 quart of warm water with 1 pint of Dawn dish liquid for sensitive skin and 1 quart of white vinegar. Use like regular dog shampoo by pouring into a squeeze container (such as the kind dish soap or shampoo comes in). Make sure the dog has a good, thorough rinse.

 

2.Using a Fine-Tooth Flea Comb on Your Pet's Hair

Small and swift, fleas are a challenging pest to deal with. Flea combs can be used to remove them from your pet's hair. Insects can be caught by dipping the comb in a mixture of water and dish soap, which will discourage them from fleeing. Flea comb teeth are spaced so that fleas can be trapped while your pet's fur can flow through the comb's teeth. Feline filth, or "flea faeces," is also removed by flea combs, which have dark brown or black spots that resemble like flecks of pepper. Using the comb to remove eggs from your pet's fur is also an option. When combing your pet's neck and tail, take extra care to avoid irritating the skin. Fleas like to congregate in that area.

 

3.Killing the Fleas

When it comes to size, they're normally between a poppy seed and sesame seed, as well as have a brown or reddish-brown coloration. Dip the flea comb in hot, soapy water to destroy any fleas that may be on it. Fleas can't be crushed. They might be difficult to take down by hand because they jump so swiftly.

 

4.Spraying Your Dog or Cat with an Apple Cider Vinegar Solution

Fleas can't be killed by apple cider vinegar, but it can help keep them away. If your pet has it on their fur, fleas will avoid it because of the unpleasant odor and taste it gives off. Add a solution of apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle to get rid of odors. You can use a brush to apply the mixture to your pet's fur if they don't like being sprayed.

 

5.Spraying Homemade Solution

Add six or seven drops of rosemary, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, and citronella essential oils to a cup of water and shake well to make a flea repellant. Apply the solution to your dog's coat every other day with a spray bottle. Essential oils should not be used on cats, as they are extremely sensitive to them.

 

6.Performing regular checks

It's important to check your pet and home weekly for signs of fleas, so make sure your pet isn't infected and your home is free of fleas.

 

7.Allowing your pet to self-groom

Fleas cause cats to clean themselves more frequently. They're not only itchy. The extra work could help cats get rid of fleas, the researchers said. When a dog has fleas, it's common for them to spend extra time grooming themselves. That's fine most of the time. Your vet should be called if you observe hair loss or reddish-inflamed or blood-stained skin on your pet as a result of their nipping or scratching. It's possible that your pet is infected or allergic to fleas.

 

Even if your veterinarian has confirmed that your pet has been bitten by fleas, you should keep in mind that you may not discover any fleas on your pet. Carpets, mattresses, and other surfaces in your home are home to these creatures. To eat, they leap onto pets (and occasionally humans) and leave after they're done.

 

Contact your vet when you're not sure if your pet has fleas. Make sure to talk to your veterinarian about flea control service for your pet as well.

 

8.Diatomaceous Earth

Fleas are killed by dehydration when they come into contact with diatomaceous earth, which is made up of fossilised algae. Natural diatomaceous earth offered in gardening centres is essential, rather than the sort used in swimming pools. Chemicals from the treatment process are present in the latter. Leave diatomaceous earth on your carpets and hardwood floors for as long as possible, then vacuum it up along with the fleas that have been killed. Be careful not to let your pets (or children) breathe in the powder while you apply it.

 

Prevention

Fleas can be avoided by following these simple steps. Using flea and tick preventatives will help keep your dog from getting fleas into the house in the first place. Flea collars, topical liquids, and pills are just some of the alternatives available. Have a discussion with your veterinarian about the best fleas prevention for your puppy or dog.

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