Flee the Fleas!

Enjoying the great outdoors with your pup is one of the best parts about being a dog owner. But one drawback to this activity are the nasty fleas that could get a hold of your dog! Luckily, TukkaMate came up with some handy tips on avoiding these little pests, and what to do if you encounter one on your dog's fur.


1. Be conscious about where you are taking your dog outdoors

Both humans and dogs need outdoor time, so limiting your experiences outside too much can be difficult. However, it’s best to think about the specific areas you spend time in with your pup. Try to avoid native plants or bushes when on a hike, or focus more on a simple walk around a residential neighborhood.



2. Limit contact with wild and stray animals


This should be a given. If you don’t know where an animal has been, both you and your pup should keep distance!


3. Bathe and brush your dog regularly



While it’s good to keep your dog comfortable, groomed, and clean, this is also a great way to spot anything that seems fishy. Checking regularly for fleas is important because the sooner it’s spotted, the sooner you can get rid of it.


So your fur baby has contracted some fleas. Here are 4 recommended steps

for eliminating fleas:


1. Sanitation


Thoroughly clean every area where fleas frequently breed. AKA everywhere. Wash all bedding, rugs, pet bedding, and do a deep vacuum/sweep of the floors, carpeted areas, and even along the edges of the walls.



2. Home treatment


Implementing a home treatment at the same time as pet treatment will keep all treatment on the same timeline and helps interfere with the flea life cycle. A licensed commercial pest control applicator can help you determine which products are best for inside your home and in the yard.


Hot tip for outside: In general, focus outdoor treatment on shady areas and places where pets spend the most amount of time.


3. Pet treatment


Even if only one of your animals contracts fleas, every pet in the home must be treated. Clean your pets with soap and water, then comb them with a flea comb. Remember to be extra careful around the face and neck regions, and the area in front of the tail. Soap will act as a gentle insecticide to kill adult fleas. Talk to your veterinarian about choosing the right flea control product for your pet.


4. Follow-up


Fleas have a complicated life cycle and at some stages of their life cycle, they are actually resistant to insecticides and other flea control products. Tough! Two or more follow-up treatments within 5-10 days after the first application are needed in order to get rid of fleas in all stages of the life cycle. Additionally, vacuuming and sanitation practices should be ongoing throughout this period to pick up all remaining eggs and juvenile fleas.


Fleas are complex, difficult creatures that can cause harm and distress to your pet! We hope these tips and suggestions helps prevent and gets rid of any pesky fleas that enter you and your dog’s life!


Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/fleas/getting_rid.html

https://www.cdc.gov/fleas/avoid/index.html







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