Best Flea and Tick Treatments

BEST METHODS OF KILLING FLEAS ON DOGS 

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INTRODUCTION

Fleas are very irritating to the dogs as well as to their owners. It is very important to kill fleas in order to prevent their growth. Even though the natural preventive measures are the best to prevent fleas, there are some good methods to kill them after they have already grown and latched on dogs. Fleas generally undergo a 4 stage life cycle that allows them to grow again and again after treatment. Hence, it is important to apply efficient methods to eradicate them completely. The initial step starts from maintaining a clean environment for the dogs and washing the dog’s coat on a regular basis. Here is a list of some effective methods to kill the fleas and get rid of them.

1. WASH YOUR DOG

This requires washing the dog with warm water and a dog soap or shampoo. Most of the fleas thriving on the dog will be killed. A small number of fleas will still be remaining after washing. It is important to use a mild soap or detergent, otherwise it may cause allergic reactions in the dog. A daily treatment by this method causes dehydration in fleas and kills them. 

2. APPLY LEMON JUICE TO DOG’S COAT

Applying lemon juice in diluted form to the dog’s coat kills all the fleas. Generally warm water is used along with lemon juice and sprayed. The mixture is applied efficiently taking sometime around the head, ear, legs and under the tail of the dog. The mixture is applied to the fur in such a way that it remains there for sometime and prevents fleas from latching on the dog. This process is repeated daily for four to five days till the insects are killed completely. 

3. TREATING THE DOG WITH APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Vinegar is acidic in nature and causes ill effects on fleas. A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar is mixed with normal drinking water for the dog and served. This is the oral treatment of fleas with vinegar. For a topical treatment, equal amounts of warm water and apple cider vinegar are mixed and sprayed on the dog. This mixture acts as a repellent and should be applied carefully in areas where the fleas generally gather. This treatment should be carried out very carefully as it may cause allergic reactions in the dog if vinegar is used in higher quantities. 

4. COMBING THE DOG WITH SPECIAL FLEA COMB

Special flea combs are available in the market that are used to remove fleas from the dog’s body. The fine toothed combs have small gaps in between their teeth that lift the fleas out from the coat of the dog. Efficient combing is required to remove the fleas completely. It is necessary to make sure that the combs reach the skin of the dog. The comb should be dipped in warm water or a soapy solution that will kill the fleas. Combing should be done from top to bottom for removing almost all the fleas from the dog’s body. 

5. APPLYING LAVENDER OIL

This is an effective method for removing fleas if applied carefully in key parts of the dog’s body. The dog should be washed in warm water and a soap solution. It should be dried using a dry towel and lavender oil should be applied under the tail and behind the neck The lavender oil should be gently massaged on the dog skin and coat. 

6. APPLYING ROSEMARY FLEA DIP

The rosemary flea dip is prepared using rosemary sprigs and boiling water. The rosemary sprigs are taken in a quantity of about 500 ml and boiled for about 30 to 40 minutes. The liquid is then strained and the leaves are discarded. This solution is then added to about 4 liters of water and cooled. The mixture is then poured on the dog and left for air drying This is an effective method to kill the fleas. 

7. USING FLEA SPRAY

A flea spray is available in pump bottle as well as aerosol form. It contains chemicals that kill the adult fleas along with their eggs. Before using the sprays, the label on the bottle should be read carefully to avoid any harmful effects on the dogs It is advantageous to consult a veterinary doctor for better results. Care should be taken that the spray does not enter into the dog’s eyes. 

8. USING A MEDICATED DIP

A medicated dip or a flea bath is prepared using a diluted medicated solution. It is poured on the dog’s coat and soaked This treatment should be carried out in a ventilated area As a precautionary measure, cotton should be used to cover the ears of the dog and ophthalmic ointments should be applied in its eyes. The chemicals in these dips are useful for treating fleas, but at the same time they can be harmful to the dog’s health. Hence, a veterinary doctor should be consulted before using these medications. 

9. USING BREWER’S YEAST ALONG WITH DOG FOOD

Brewer’s yeast is a useful natural treatment and can be used as an alternative. A Brewer’s yeast tablet is mixed along with the dog food. The dosage is determined on the basis of the dog’s weight and age A veterinarian confirmation is important for this purpose. The tablet is useful for treating fleas and does not produce side effects on the dog It gets easily excreted after repelling the fleas effectively. 

10. MAINTAINING A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT

It is equally important to maintain a neat and clean surroundings for the dogs Fleas generally hide under the carpets and furniture. These places should be treated with flea sprays to kill the fleas and the eggs. The yards should also be cleaned with flea repellents for preventing the growth of fleas Growth regulators should be used to kill the outdoor fleas and prevent them from reproducing. It is also important to keep the grasses short. This does not allow the fleas to hide and makes their treatment by spraying easier. 

CONCLUSION

These are some medical and natural methods of treating fleas on dogs. The methods are very widely used because of their efficient results and are considered best methods of how to kill fleas on dogs. The natural methods are very cheap and not very much used.

The medicated dips, sprays and flea collars are a bit costly, but they produce good results. They are obviously cheaper than getting treatment from a specialist veterinary doctor. Again, consultation with a veterinarian is a must before using any medical products.