Everything A Dog Owner Should Know About Fleas

10 October 2017
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When you have a dog, it's important for you to make sure you learn all about keeping them as healthy as possible and caring for them in a proactive manner. Along with making sure they are up to date on their vaccinations, fixed and eating healthy dog food, you also want to make sure you protect them from fleas. Here is a lot of information about fleas and your dog, so you can do your part to keep your dog flea-free:

Some regions are more at risk of having fleas than others

Some regions aren't known for dealing with fleas as much as others. This can mean that while you never had to deal with fleas before, then when you move to another region you can suddenly be surprised by them. Even if you live in an area not known for having fleas, it is still possible for your pet to pick them up, so you never want to feel too safe.

Some dogs can have allergic reactions to flea bites

While most dogs can have fleas and you won't know it until you see a flea on your dog or notice them scratching, there are other dogs that are allergic to flea bites. These dogs can have bad skin reactions that can cause their skin to get inflamed and cause a lot of their fur to fall out. To the untrained eye, a flea allergy can look an awful lot like mange. Along with looking bald and sickly, a flea allergy can also make your dog feel miserable. If you ever notice your dog losing their fur or having skin issues, it's always important to get them in to see the vet so the cause can be determined and the problem treated.

Prevention is the best way to fight fleas

If your dog gets fleas then they can transfer them to other pets in the home and they can even get on the carpeting and furniture where they can lay eggs. Before you know it, you can be fighting fleas from all angles, even after you rid your dog of them. For this reason, it's important to make sure your dogs are never allowed to pick up fleas. The best way for you to do this is to get your dog a flea and tick preventative directly from the veterinarian and make sure you continue to treat your dog as prescribed.

The preventative comes in a small tube. You will remove the tip and apply the preventative oil directly to their skin between the shoulder blades and then apply a tiny bit on their back, right above their tail. Don't allow the preventative to come into contact with your skin and keep other animals, such as cats away from a freshly treated dog for a day to prevent the possible poisoning of the other pets.