Fleas can be a common problem for many dogs. Not only do they cause extreme discomfort, but there is also the risk of them infecting others in the household too.
The important thing to remember when it comes to treatment is that the majority of fleas will be living in your home or garden too, so you will also need to get rid of the fleas in your house and on your dog at the same time.
Of course, the best course of action is to prevent fleas from being a problem in the first place.
There are many products and treatments on the market that will reduce the likelihood of fleas becoming a problem including dog collars, flea-deterring drink and herbal remedies.
The best approach is to try them all and see which one works best for you.
If your dog already has fleas, you will need to set aside at least few hours in order to get rid of them by following our tips below.
Getting rid of fleas on your dog
One of the most effective ways of treating the problem is by using medication. There are many tablets on the market that will tackle the issue, with Comfortis being one of them.
Comfortis is a chewable, flavoured tablet that rapidly kills fleas and prevents infestations on dogs for at least a month. It starts working within 30 minutes and will eradicate the issue within four hours. However, it may cause vomiting.
Another popular product on the market is Capster. It works in the same way as Comfortis, but is primarily meant as a short term treatment.
Eradicating fleas from your house
Once you have treated your dog, you should then aim to eradicate fleas from the house. This can be done fairly easily, although it does take some time.
The first thing you need to do is vacuum your property, including carpets, rugs and furniture.
Once hatched, fleas like to gather in the dark crevices of your home, such as skirting boards, cracks in the floorboards, beds, rugs and underneath furniture.
Therefore, to get rid of the fleas and their eggs you should thoroughly wash all bedding and upholstery and mop the floors. If you can wash the carpets, we would also suggest doing this.
Once this is done, you may want to spray the entire house with insecticide to prevent further infestations.
Written by: Hannah Dyball