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Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Dog from Fleas

Top 10 Ways to Protect Your Dog from Fleas

The Best Time of the Year

Ah, the joys of bright days and cooler weather. This is one of the best times of the year for you and your pets to enjoy the outdoors with swimming, hiking and playing in the park. But late summer and early autumn is also the height of flea season. Before you decide to keep your poor pooch locked indoors, here are some ways to keep him safe.

See Also: 7 Ways to Deal With Smelly Pets

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10. Clear the Yard

Keeping your lawn, bushes and trees trimmed back will help control your homeís outdoor flea population. You can also use outdoor chemical treatments, but remember, these products are toxic and can have harmful effects if thereís accidental contact. (You may want to warn your neighbors before each yard application so they can protect themselves from incidental contact with the chemicals.)

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9. Flea Traps

You can easily devise a homemade (and non-toxic) flea trap, or purchase a ready made one at a hardware store. To make one at home, set a small dish of soapy water on the ground near a light source (using an attached night light or lamp) overnight. Attracted by the warmth and light, fleas will jump into the water and become trapped.

See Also: 7 Home Remedies For Your Dog

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8. Household Sprays and Foggers

After cleaning your home, you can use sprays and/or foggers that will kill the adult fleas, as well as the larvae and eggs as they hatch. These products are available at your veterinarianís office or pet supply store. Care must be taken when using these products, as they can be toxic to fish, birds, dog, cats and children. Read labels carefully and ask for advice from your veterinarian before attempting to use these products.

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7. Clean House

Fleas are notoriously difficult to get rid of, mostly because you have to continually clean your home as well treat your dog for infestations. To successfully eradicate fleas, you need to vacuum your home thoroughly and throw out the bag when you’re done. And donít forget to wash your dogís bedding and clean his toys with warm, soapy water. Finally, vacuum your car. Fleas love to hide in dark, warm places.

See Also: Top 5 Reasons to Care About Your Dog’s Health

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6. Powders and Sprays

Flea powders and sprays are also relatively inexpensive, and should also be used cautiously. These products can cause irritation to sensitive, unprotected parts of the body in both people and their pets. Make sure to protect the mouth and eyes, and take care that neither you nor your pet breathe this treatment in.

Powders and sprays require more frequent reapplication than spot-on medications.

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5. Flea Dips

Unlike shampoo treatments, dips are diluted with water, topically applied, and left on. These chemical products can be very potent, and misuse can lead to a potentially toxic reaction. Prior to using flea dips on your dog, make sure to read the instructions and carefully follow them according to your dogís size, weight and age. Do not use on pregnant, nursing or young pets less than four months old.

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4. Flea Collars

Another inexpensive flea control option is to fit your dog with a dog collar. The efficacy of flea collars can depend on several factors, like how bad the infestation is in your immediate area. Flea collars should be worn next to the skin. Put two fingers under the collar to prevent securing it on too tightly. Also, keep an eye out for scratching around the collar; some dogs are extremely sensitive to the chemicals.

A word of warning, though: flea collars contain toxic chemicals.

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3. Flea Shampoos

Sometimes the best first line of defense in guarding your dog against fleas is bathing him with medicated flea shampoos. It is inexpensive, and one of the most common ways people treat and protect their pets against parasitic infections. Flea shampoos donít provide long-lasting protection, so at the height of flea season, it is generally recommended to use the shampoo every two weeks.

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2. Oral Medications

Using oral medications along with spot-on treatments will help control a serious flea infestation. Flea control pills disrupt the life cycle of fleas, but do not kill adult fleas on contact. But giving your dog pills (usually once a month) is a good choice for people who have small children in the home. There is a significant decrease in exposing children to potentially irritating topical treatments.

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1. Spot-on Treatments

Despite the name, this is a very effective way to protect your pet. The applied drops create a full body water-repellent shield that wonít wash off, even during swimming or playing in the rain. Spot-on medication can also stop the active progress of the flea life cycle. Select a treatment based on your dogís size, weight and age ó too little wonít work, and too much can potentially poison your pet.

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8:08AM PST on Nov 18, 2014

great tips, thank you

11:17AM PDT on Sep 16, 2014

Thank you for the information.

11:09AM PDT on Sep 16, 2014

That was really useful information

5:52PM PDT on May 18, 2014

Thanks for the great tips

8:30PM PST on Feb 2, 2014

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8:23PM PST on Feb 2, 2014

Whatever method you use it could be your last! Protect your pet for up to 4 years with 'Pet Protector' a non-toxic, chemical-free, totally safe disc for their collars. Once they're de-fleaed, put it on and they are safe from fleas, ticks, mosquitoes for 4 years!
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11:56AM PST on Jan 13, 2014

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Thanks to the thousands of rescue organizations that exist today, these poor, unwanted animals are no longer euthanized by the tens of thousands every single day any longer. Many of them are now able to find their forever home with RESPONSIBLE pet owners!

I currently share my living space with two Chihuahua/Miniature Pinscher brothers. I adopted them from a rescue at the age of two. The only thing that was known was their approximate age and that they had both been abused for their entire lives before coming to the rescue. It took a long time to win their trust, but now thet have their forever home and receive the same love that they give so freely and abundantly every single day!

10:13AM PST on Jan 13, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

7:16AM PDT on Oct 29, 2013

My favorite is #9 thanks a bunch.

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