Flea season can be devastating to not only your dog but to your entire household. Flea bites induces allergic reactions in the area bitten by the fleas and the affected area starts looking like a hairless area as the animal continues scratching.
A flea bite causes allergic reactions in the dogs and can cause severe dermatitis in dogs with bad flea infections. Often, dogs experience severe discomfort due to these allergic reactions and sometimes scratch until the affected area is bald.
In an article written by By Janet Tobiassen Crosby, DVM, Veterinary Medicine Expert, she explains that in order to get rid of fleas, you first need to understand them. She wrote:
“The life and life cycle of the flea
There are many hundreds of species of fleas. Collectively, all of the species of fleas are categorized under the order name of Siphonaptera. The cat flea, Ctenocephalides felix, is the most commonly found flea in the US and infests cats, dogs, humans, and other mammalian and avian hosts.
Fleas thrive in warm, moist environments and climates. The main flea food is blood from the host animal. Host animals are many species – cats, dogs, humans, etc. Fleas primarily utilize mammalian hosts (about 95%). Fleas can also infest avian species (about 5%). Flea saliva, like other biting skin parasites, contains an ingredient that softens, or “digests” the host’s skin for easier penetration and feeding. The saliva of fleas is irritating and allergenic — the cause of all the itching, scratching, and other signs seen with Flea Allergy Dermatitis, or FAD.
Fleas have four main stages in their life cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. The total flea life cycle can range from a couple weeks to several months, depending on environmental conditions.” Click To read more
Although many dogs love to scratch, you may want to also regularly check your dog to make sure there are no fleas. This video will show you how to check your dog for fleas:
Another common problem is fining fleas inside your home, especially during flea season. Here is an application that can help and wont’s hurt your dog, or kids in the process.
“Baking soda can be used to kill fleas via dehydration. It is available in large amounts as a food-grade material and is safe for family and pets when used inside the home on carpets and floors. A layer can be sprinkled onto a carpet and worked into the fibers down to where the larvae and eggs are, and will dehydrate and kill them. The soda can be easily vacuumed up afterwards on the condition of safe disposal. Often, multiple weekly treatments will be required to remove an infestation completely. Table salt can also be used inside the home in the same way as, or in combination with, baking soda as a low-cost and safe method of breaking their life cycle. Pulverizing or grinding the salt with a coffee grinder will make it more effective as it will stick to the flea, killing it quicker through dehydration.” Click To continue reading.
Many drugs have come in market to treat your pets for fleas and ticks. It’s so very important to take care of this early during flea season and keep up treatments as prescribed. No need to wait till your dog starts scratching, it’s a great idea to get a jump on fleas.