What do I do if my dog has fleas?

Fleas certainly do know how to make an impact. After hitching a ride on your poor dog, they can quickly infiltrate your home and infest your lives. There are three main steps to tackle fleas once you’ve noticed the signs on your beloved pet: the first is to get rid of the fleas that are currently on your dog, the second is to target the fleas that might now be in your house and the third is to prevent them from hitching a ride again.

Treat your pet

Choose a good pesticide or medication for your dog, make sure to choose one that suits the size and weight of your dog, and look out for ingredients such as pyriproxyfen or methoprene, which are chemicals that kill larvae as well as the fleas.

It’s also important to note that certain treatments mean you shouldn’t bathe your dog for 4-5 days after applying them. You may wash away the medication that is doing its job.

It might be handy to have a flea comb to hand, catching any live fleas that you see in this time and combing out any dead ones. This helps to speed up the process.

Treat your home

You can start treating your home as soon as the medication has been applied to your dog. With a flea collar inside your hoover bag or compartment, give your house a thorough vacuum, paying particular attention to skirting boards. This helps capture fleas and eggs. As well as this, we recommend that you wash your pets bedding and your own bedding in hot water, and dry in a hot dryer if possible. You also may need douse your home in a flea repellent such as bug bombs or sprays depending on personal preference, but make sure you read these instructions carefully.

Future flea prevention

The best way to be free of fleas is to prevent infestations in the first place.

There are fantastic spot-on treatments that keep fleas at bay, as well as many dog-flea shampoos that can be used frequently to repel these critters.

If you’re having regular flea troubles, we recommend speaking to your local vet for advice about the most effective flea prevention for your specific pet and environment.

A flea free dog, is a happy dog.