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Fleas in Dogs: Handy Hints

Fleas are like small vampires that literally suck the blood out of your dog. Not only do they live by draining his blood and cause severe irritation, if they are eaten by your dog or puppy then they can cause internal worms. Obviously these little creatures are a menace and should be kept under control at all times.

If you are unsure whether your furry friend is a victim of dog fleas, simply purchase a flea comb from the nearest pet store and run it through your dog's coat. Just one brush should help you detect whether or not there is a flea problem to deal with.

Sometimes a flea comb will pull up what appears to be dirt. However, don't be too happy just yet. Take those particles of dirt and place them on a paper towel and then drop a little water on top.  If it turns into a red color, then congratulations – you have discovered a flea excrement!

How to treat your dog or puppy for fleas

There are many ways to handle flea problems; you just have to find what works best for you and which protocol you are comfortable with. Other circumstances are involved with your choice of fleas fighting tools such as how large the infestation is, whether or not parts of your house are flea nesting areas, and how many pets you have in the house.

The best thing to do is talk directly with your veterinarian and give him all of this information so that he can make a recommendation on the appropriate way for you to combat the flea issue.  Personally, I prefer to use more natural methods rather than spraying chemicals throughout the home and on my dogs. Such natural flea fighting examples would be using menthol, garlic, and eucalyptus.

If you choose the standard chemical shampoos and sprays, be sure to use caution when applying them to your dog.  Avoid spraying or squeezing these products near your dog's facial area and the underbelly near the scrotum.  These are very sensitive areas of your dog's body and allergic reactions could be a very real possibility.

Another tip is to ask your veterinarian about the possibility of using flea tablets or powder.  These products do not necessarily kill all of the fleas that you and your dog are having trouble with, but they do do a terrific job of sterilizing the entire army of fleas so that they cannot reproduce.  And what's more beneficial is that these products are not nearly as toxic as other shampoos and sprays that are designed to kill parasites on the spot.

Useful links:

Dog fleas
Dog allergies
Worms in dogs

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