Most dogs will have fleas at some stage and many will come into contact with them regularly. There are a lot of way of dealing with them so let’s have a quick look at the options.
Firstly, you need to check your dog regularly, don’t wait for them to be scratching lot, get a flea comb and run it through the fur. You may find a flea, but you will more likely find flea dirt which is small black grains. If you have a tissue to hand you can wipe the comb and you will easily see the dirt. If you then wet the tissue the flea dirt will make red patches, this is because it is your pet’s blood!
If you find fleas what next?
Spot-on’s are one on the most popular methods to rid your pet of their visitors. Be careful if you also have cats. Cats can even get ill from coming into contact with a dog in the home which has been treated with one if these products, so care must be taken when using them. All Spot-on treatments at Paws are Dog friendly. Be sure to weigh your dog so you know which pack to buy. It is important that you use the correct dosage as too high will be harmful to the dog but too low will not rid them of their fleas.
Another option, which most people are less aware of, is flea tablets. The tablets start working after just 15 minutes and treatment can be repeated any time you see fleas on your dog. Again, knowing the weight of your pet is really useful to get the dosage correct. This method is safe if you have cats and tablets for cats are available too.
Don’t forget to treat your home as well as your pet. Vacuuming bedding and furniture may be enough but if not then there are spray on flea treatments for the home like Johnsons 4 Fleas house spray.