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What to Do About Fleas

What to Do About Fleas Now that summer is around, you’ll definitely be spending a lot more time outdoors with your little buddy. Unfortunately, more time outside means the higher the chance of unwanted visitors: the dreaded fleas! Here’s a quick guide to checking your dog’s fur for fleas.

 

 

How to Check Your Dog for Fleas:

  1. Inspect your pet’s fur. You will see fleas run and hide when you part the fur.
  2. Soak your dog from the neck down in a tub. If you notice little black spots, then your dog has unfortunately become home to little critters.
  3. Use a flea comb to carefully brush your dog’s coat. If you notice little brown, flat and oval-shaped bugs near the ears or the rump, then your dog is definitely infected.
  4. Another way you can check for fleas is through what we call “fleaces,” which are flea feces. They are little black specks like pepper and if you put them on a wet wipe, you’ll notice a small, red halo appear.
  5. If you find a small bug on your puppy, grab it and see if you can squish it. If the bug gets crushed under the pressure, then you’re all clear. Fleas do not squish like ordinary bugs do.
  6. Make sure to keep your dog away from any of the other pets you may have to ensure they don’t get fleas as well.

My Dog Has Fleas. Now What?What to Do About Fleas

  1. You can give your dog a bath with flea shampoo. But, make sure not to use a shampoo with insecticides because they can irritate your dog’s skin. Let the shampoo stay in for about 5-10 minutes before you rinse thoroughly.
  2. Make use of your flea comb to clear out any fleas or feces. Here’s a tip: Get a cup and pour some rubbing alcohol into it and drop any fleas you find in the cup. Alcohol will kill them quickly, so you don’t run the risk of a flea getting loose.

How to Prevent Future Fleas

  1. Make sure to wash your dog’s bed at least once a month.
  2. Use your flea comb to brush your pup at least once a week.
  3. Put your dog on flea and tick medication.
  4. Vacuum more often and make sure to be extra thorough with corners and baseboards.
  5. Keep your lawn short. If you keep your grass short, a flea will be less likely to be able to jump onto your dog’s back. On top of that, long grass gives fleas the opportunity to live in a darker environment, which they love.

How to get rid of fleasWe hope these tips helped. And if you simply cannot find the time to get rid of the pesky bugs yourself, our groomers at TLC Pet Boarding will take care of your puppy for you. Call us today at (954) 766-5472 to make an appointment.