The warmer weather may have your dog itching to get outdoors more often, but is that itch from mere excitement or something more? Spring and summer aren’t the only times of the year that dogs can catch fleas, but an infestation is more likely during the warmer months. The good news is there are steps you can take to keep your dog flea free.
Keep Your Dog Protected Year Round
One of the biggest mistakes dog owners make is to only use flea prevention during the warmer months of the year. In a number of areas across America, the weather doesn’t get cold enough to kill the flea population. This means that your dog can still pick up fleas. When the warmer weather does hit, it can be even easier for these dogs to get fleas because the flea population is much stronger in these areas. Do yourself and your dog a favor by using flea prevention year round. Speak with your vet about any uncertainties you may have.
Choose a Flea Medication That Kills and Repels Fleas
It’s not enough for flea medication to kill fleas, you want a medication that also repels fleas. This prevents your dog from carrying fleas into your home. There are a number of flea preventatives to choose from and your vet can help you make the best decision. You can even give your dog a combination pill that prevents fleas, ticks, and worms.
Brush Your Dog Daily
It’s important to brush your dog daily to help inspect for fleas and to keep your dog’s fur free of debris. When debris is in the fur, it can be easier for fleas to hide. One of the best areas to look for fleas is on the dog’s stomach. It’s hard to miss fleas on little pink bellies.
Vacuuming your home on a regular basis can help prevent flea infestations in your carpet. If your dog has recently had fleas, make sure to thoroughly vacuum and shampoo your carpet to kill the fleas.
Consult Your Vet for Natural Remedies
Last, but not least, flea medications can be hard on some dogs. For that reason, you may choose to use a natural remedy. Speak to your vet about the best options and read more about some of them online as well. While some will suggest feeding the dog garlic, others will say that garlic is bad for dogs. That’s why it’s best to get an expert opinion before trying any natural remedies.
Fleas are not only irritating, but they can cause disease. Make sure to get your dog medicated with OTC flea preventatives or natural remedies to prevent a flea infestation.