The minute we start noticing that our dogs are scratching continuously and they seem to be bad-tempered e throughout the day because of itchiness, there is a very big possibility that our dogs are infested with dog fleas!
While nobody wants their dogs to get infected with this dreaded pinhead-sized pest (read more: Dog Flea Size), these pests sometimes do find themselves on poor unsuspecting dogs; and before we know it, our cuddly dogs are cuddly no more because of these fleas.
Before the infection spreads, we should without more argument administer some flea control medicine to our dogs.
Dog Flea Effects
Let us not be fooled. These pests may only measure about one-eighth of an inch but their effects can cause serious problems to our dogs and even to us!
Dog fleas do not only cause irritation and itchiness to dogs or other pets; these can also cause the same to the pet owners if both are unaware that there is already a small army of fleas living off on our dogs.
The skin of the dog can get so irritated by flea bites that they develop rashes in certain spots; the irritated skin can get swollen; and of course incessant itching will likely occur.
There could also be visible hair loss and blood loss if the fleas remain untreated for a continuous period of time. Over time, the injure can be so severe that death may even occur in excessive cases.
Treatment & Prevention
At the first sign of a flea infestation on our dogs, we should right away take them to the vet as this is the safest and surest way to learn all about treatment and prevention of dog fleas.
A professional on animal care can tell us which products will work best for our dogs as there are other factors that we need to think of before getting any flea control product off the rack.
Our dog’s age, size and sometimes even breed are taken into account in order to get the most effective flea control product for them.
In general, these flea control products come in the form of spray, powder, collar and tablets. There are specific tablets and sprays for certain ages of dogs as strong ones can be too strong to a small dog.
The thing to keep in mind is that we shouldn’t delay treatment of the dog flea infestation as this can only get worse as days go by and the problem could turn into something bigger if left untreated.