Fleas – small and irritating
Fleas not only irritate dogs, if they are not treated these pests can harm the health of any dog. Flea bites are not only painful, they can cause serious infections, or allergic reactions, which in turn may lead to hefty pets bills. Fleas reproduce quickly and can spread from one pet to another, on to furnishings, and then on to people. Therefore, fleas despite their tiny size can cause a great deal of discomfort and trouble.
People should regularly groom their dogs to keep them cleaner and also as means of checking for infection by fleas. If you spot any bites whilst grooming your dog then take immediate steps to treat for a flea infection.
Treat to get rid of fleas fast
Here are some useful tips regarding flea treatment for dogs.
As soon as owners suspect, or even know that their dogs have got fleas they need to arrange for treatment as quickly as possible. The longer it takes to get rid of the fleas the more trouble they can cause.
If the flea infection has been picked up at a really early stage then a flea treatment shampoo or wash might be adequate enough to solve the problem. Should that be the case then seriously consider buying a flea collar as a means of deterring fleas away from your dog.
There are over the counter flea treatments available from pet shop centers and also from larger supermarkets. All such treatments will have full instructions provided, just treat the dog as the instructions tell you to.
Normally flea treatments are for a set number of days, or weeks. Give your dog the treatment for its entire course even if the fleas have gone away to make it harder for any to come back. People if they have had to use treatments before will spot the signs of flea infection and will use the treatments earlier.
If over the counter treatments do not work consult a vet
Over the counter treatments do not work it is time to consult a vet. This is a more expensive option as you will probably have to pay for a consultation and then a prescription too. Prescribed flea treatments for dogs are stronger than anything you can buy over the counter.
Vets will need to be consulted if dogs have had a flea infection for longer and other treatment is needed. Antibiotics and special creams may have to be used to clear up infections that are harming the dog.
Prevention is better and less expensive than cure
Treating dogs for fleas can thus be expensive and time consuming, particularly if vets had to be consulted and prescribed treatments had to be used. Preventative steps are simple to make, and do not involve any particular effort to take.
Dogs need to have their coats brushed more often, which not only means dogs are better groomed it means possible flea infections will be spotted much sooner.
Shampoo your dog on a regular basis, that would keep the fleas away. Use the shampoos that are meant to prevent fleas.
Start buying and using flea collars for your dog. These collars are designed to deter fleas for a set period of time. Remember to always renew the flea collar as soon as the other one has run out.