How To Protect Your Dog From Fleas

Dogs Get Fleas OutsideFleas can make your dog itchy and miserable, especially if he’s allergic to their bites. He might lick or scratch himself raw if he develops what’s known as flea bite dermatitis. These tiny critters can also end up biting you and your family members. Keep in mind that you’ll also run into problems signing your dog up for doggy daycare or boarding if he has fleas. Most of these facilities require dogs to be free of parasites in order to participate in play sessions or stay overnight for boarding. Thankfully, there are several ways to protect your dog from fleas each year.

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Flea Prevention Products

The most common way to stop a flea infestation from happening is by using flea prevention products. These include the following:

  • Spot-on treatments that are applied directly to your dog’s skin to provide several weeks’ worth of protection
  • Monthly flea control pills that interfere with flea life cycles to prevent an infestation
  • Flea shampoos that protect your dog for about two weeks
  • Flea collars that release flea-killing chemicals onto your dog’s skin

Flea prevention products are easy to use, although they vary in terms of effectiveness. You might need to try one or more of these products to determine which works best for protecting your dog from fleas.

Cleaning

Giving your house a thorough cleaning helps get rid of fleas and flea eggs. This should include vacuuming your entire home and washing your dog’s bed, blankets and stuffed toys with soap and water. If you already have a flea problem, don’t forget to vacuum your car in order to catch any fleas that you might have brought in their from the house.

Yard Work

Fleas thrive in grassy yards filled with bushes, shrubs and trees. Keeping these areas trimmed gives fleas fewer places to call home, which means there’s a lower risk of having them jump on your dog when he’s out there.

Flea Traps

You can set flea traps around your home to catch any adult fleas that are around. These traps, which are sold at hardware stores, usually consist of a sticky pad that you place on the floor. Some have a light attached, since fleas like to be near bright, warm areas. The only drawback is that you won’t catch any flea eggs or larvae with flea traps, so you’ll have to rely on cleaning and flea prevention products for that.