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How To Treat Your Dog For Fleas

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As with most infestations and illnesses, flea prevention is better than cure. Extremely common and easily spread, fleas can become a real hassle for dogs and owners alike.
What you'll need: 
Warm water
Flea shampoo
Natural insect repellent
Flea control medication
Non-toxic flea powder
Preventing infestation and treating your dog for fleas can be a tricky and time-consuming process as fleas spread easily on both the animal and its living environment. Effective treatment therefore requires extensive cleaning and monitoring.
Start the preventative or treatment process by thoroughly cleaning your dog's living area. Wash everything they regularly come in contact with. Use a hot cycle and hot dry cycle to kill the fleas.
Sprinkle non-toxic flea powder in the cleaned area, leave overnight and vacuum carefully to ensure all powder and dead fleas are removed. This will help prevent reinfestation.
Wash your dog thoroughly with warm water and specialist flea shampoo before drying thoroughly. Once dried, treat your dog with your chosen flea preventative product. Many options are available and include Frontline, Biospot, Advantage and Program. Treatments are available in both liquid application and pill form. Ensure that your chosen product is suitable for the breed and age of your pet.
Consider natural flea preventative treatments. The absence of chemicals may mean they are better for your dog. Options include pyrethrin, limonene or a mixture of garlic and brewer's yeast in your pet's food. Making up a solution of lavender oil, water and apple cider vinegar and spraying it on your dog's hair regularly can also repel fleas. However, diatomaceousearth, a chalky fossilised algae is particularly effective.
When washing your dog, apply the flea shampoo generously before using water. The layer of shampoo will trap the fleas, suffocating them before they are washed off.
Fleas are hard to eradicate and are extremely unpleasant for your dog. Regularly checking for infestation can save a lot of time, effort and discomfort for you and your dog.
Make sure you treat all the areas your dog frequently visits.
When washing your dog, carefully clean hard-to-reach areas such as between paws.
Fleas like moist, warm areas so be sure to treat and wash your dog's stomach and groin area.
Always check that treatment product being used is safe for your dog.


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