Flea Treatment – The Best Way to Control Fleas on Your Pets

Flea treatment is one of the most critical steps for prevention of flea infestation. There are several effective flea control methods available on the market today. Some of these methods are very effective while others can only be used as a precautionary method until other methods become available. Flea control methods involve various mechanical, chemical or biological processes.

Flea treatments come in several forms like shampoo, powder and oral doses for dogs. Shampoo and powder form the best flea control method for large areas where insecticide would be impractical or impossible to apply. Oral doses of insecticide would require the help of a veterinarian administer to your dogs.

Flea treatment for dogs requires careful consideration. It is recommended that you do not give insecticides directly to your pet. Instead, you must apply them to the surface where you think the flea could dwell. Flea treatments for humans are more difficult to apply as it is dangerous to administer insecticides directly to your skin.

What is the simplest flea control method?

One of the simplest yet most effective flea control methods involve vacuuming. Regular vacuuming of carpets, upholstery, beds, couches, chairs, and any hard flooring will definitely reduce the chances of your pet getting infested with fleas. Vacuuming will also help get rid of dust mites and other organic matter that could be harboring eggs. Another useful flea treatment method involves using a tap vacuum cleaner. Vacuuming using a tap vacuum cleaner will get rid of both adult fleas and their eggs.

Tapeworms are another problem that could be created by fleas and ticks. If your dogs scratch at ticks and fleas, they may end up biting their nails which will eventually grow into pointy-tipped thorns. These thorns can be very painful and even impossible to remove. It is recommended that you consult a vet right away if your cat or dog develops any signs of trouble with ticks or fleas.

There are also flea collars which you can buy. There are collar kits that you can buy which contain different chemicals that will kill adult fleas and prevent their eggs from hatching. Collar kits are very convenient, especially if you want to treat your pets for the whole day. But there are also collars that come with natural ingredients that do not have side effects.

Oral Medications

Aside from using sprays and aerosols for treating and preventing adult fleas, there are also oral medications you can take. These oral medications are usually called preventive medications. They are available in various forms and have varying effects. You can either get them in liquids or powders that you can apply directly on the infected area. Flea collars, shampoos, sprays and other topical treatments applied directly on the affected areas may be more effective in removing adult fleas compared to applying it on the surface.

There are also flea medications that you can use on your own. Home remedies are commonly used as flea extermination methods because they are safe, effective, and convenient. The most popular and effective among these are probably the sprays and shampoos which are applied on your pets. Other methods to treat flea infests include ridding your pets of fleas through tick prevention. Once your pets are flea-free, you will be able to prevent any new flea infestations from occurring.

Flea dips are also used to prevent flea infestations in your household. These treatments are applied on your pets on a regular basis and keep the parasites from multiplying. Another effective and proven method is the flea collar which traps the parasites within the collar and prevents them from moving. There are several flea control treatments that are applied on your pets so you must make sure that you know what to do with each treatment.

3 alternative ways of treating Flea

a mixture of Apple Cider Vinegar and Salt Flea Spray

To cure your dog’s fleas organically, you may give your dog apple cider vinegar, which lowers the pH level of its blood, providing an environment that is excellent for its health but unwelcoming to fleas. On prepare the vinegar mixture, put six cups of apple cider vinegar into a measuring cup, then add four cups of water and a pinch of sea salt. Next, apply the vinegar mixture to your dog’s coat. In order to avoid your dog’s eyes, watch out for their nose.

A LEMON-SCENTED SOAP BATH

This is an easy wash for your pet. It will keep them smelling fresh and free of fleas. Incorporate a squirt of your dog-friendly shampoo or soap into your mixture of half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice and two cups of water.

HOT SHOWER

To treat existing fleas, use any shampoo that generates a lather. When deciding on a flea treatment, organic products are always better, so choose a non-chemical pet shampoo without any additives. Leave the shampoo on your dog for a couple of minutes so that it can do its work before rinsing. This is an excellent means of ridding fleas from the home prior to finding the best flea control method.

Conclusion 

Aside from killing fleas, insecticides are used to effectively eradicate adult fleas, larvae, eggs and hatched eggs. Using insecticides like flea dips, sprays, and insects can help prevent the infestation from recurring. You can also use flea collars to prevent the fleas from coming back to your house. Insecticides kill adult fleas while sparing your pets from further attack from the insects.

If you think that all of these treatments are not working for you, your vet might suggest the flea treatment medications like Frontline Plus for adult flea control and Revolution for juvenile flea control. Both of these are proven to be very effective for treating and eliminating adult flea infestation in your pets. There are other medications that are available but these two are proving to be very effective. Your vet might also suggest the flea medications that are proving to be most effective in preventing and eliminating flea development, adult flea infestation, and flea bite or larval infestations on your pet dogs.

Tim Hanson (70)

Contributing writer at Preferable Pups!