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This review guide was updated in November 2018.
It may be that you’ve found pale gums on your dog or maybe your furry friend is experiencing abnormal hair loss?
Is your doggy is scratching, biting or licking himself uncontrollably?
If any of these sound familiar you may have a creeping doubt that there is a flea market going on in your dear pet’s fur.
Fleas – visible or invisible, are always unwanted visitors and we don’t blame you for wanting to find the best way to get rid of them.
Take a deep breath, lean back and keep reading; this article lays out ideas of necessary remedies for ridding a dog, and of course your home, of fleas.
There are a considerable number of over-the-counter medications that you can purchase to help you combat fleas. Not only that but you can also find shampoos, collars, spot-on liquids, oral treatments and even supplements to avoid fleas entering your dog’s fur.
There are so many ways that it’s better to concentrate on just a few of them and let you decide which one to use. Whether you are using shampoos, spot-on treatments or supplements, always make sure you buy the product from the pharmacy or a reputable online source.
Before using each product, pay attention to directions and choose the best one for your dog.
Do not neglect the instructions and warning labels on these products.Taking extra care will mean you can be sure it is safe to use on your pet and also that you’re applying it correctly.
Bear some guidelines in mind when choosing these treatments, for example, the age of your dog, how much it weighs or if your dog already has some permanent medication that could prevent using home treatments.
Some of these flea treatments may also only be suitable for just one breed or type of dog.
Usually, products designed for dogs cannot also be used on cats or any other pets. If you have doubts, please contact your vet before using any medication for flea treatments.
Methods for ridding your dog of fleas
Flea shampoos are a tremendous first-aid when spotting visible fleas.
Dogs are easy to bathe, so shampooing them to rid them of fleas can almost be like a game.
Shampoo treatment kills only adult fleas, and it has a little residual chemical impact on the animal.
Shampoo treatment also only lasts a day or two, so it is not permanent. The good thing is, shampoos are affordable and can be used more often than other methods available.
Spot-On Treatment is another option and maybe the best method when used right.
It lasts up to one month and is easy to apply between the shoulder blades of the dog, neck and along the spine.
Spot-on treatment works for adult fleas, and some products include ingredients to inhibit the larvae from emerging from the flea egg.
This method is also active against larval development. Spot-on Treatment is versatile but typically more expensive than flea shampoo.
Apple cider vinegar, the king of the home remedies; is a cheap and natural repellent for dogs but also works for you too. Mix a 50/50 solution of apple cider vinegar and water, and then spray on to your dog.
You should use this combination daily to prevent fleas as well as get rid of them.
We don’t recommend ACV if your dog is suffering from any types of skin issues as it can sting if sprayed onto open wounds. We also don’t suggest ACV if your dog has lots of fleas, in that case, it is better to consult your vet for further information or use one of the other