When it comes to fleas, prevention is much easier than treatment. Using flea treats is the simplest and most effective way to help prevent the infestation. A daily can not only deter fleas but also help with skin conditions and improve the look and feel of their coat.
Watching your dog suffer from fleas is heartbreaking, watching them constantly scratching, licking and chewing ruining their perfect coat of fur.
Fleas lay approximately 50 eggs per day, each hatching at different times. You can see how hard it can be to treat them and how prevention is key.
Do Flea Treats Work?
Most flea treats work by killing the adult fleas and preventing them from laying eggs. It’s common for dog owners to give their dog a flea treat for a few days and notice no effects and give up.
It’s important to remain consistent and while some have reported noticeable effects after a day or two. Generally, you’ll notice changes between the 7 to 20-day mark.
The flea treats should be taken daily and year-round to rid and prevent fleas from returning.
How Can I Tell If My Dog Has Fleas?
In severe cases, it’s easy to identify a dog with fleas. You’ll easily be able to notice fleas jumping on, off and moving around on your dog’s body.
In less severe cases or the early onset of flea infestation, it can be a little harder to notice them.
Watching your dogs behavior can help:
- Dog is restless
- Constant scratching
- licking/chewing their self more than normal
- Shaking the head often
- Scratching of the ears
If you notice these occurring more than normal, it’s best to check your dog for fleas.
To check your dog, roll them over and check their armpits, groin, and ears for fleas or signs such as redness, blood or dirt.
Checking the belly or base of the tail too if you notice any redness or bumpy skin can also mean a flea infestation.
6 Common Places Fleas Hide
- Under the collar
- Under/Base of the tail
- Inside the groin area
- Between the toes
- Under the front legs
Carefully examine all the above areas for any signs of fleas. If you find any it’s best to begin with one of the products below and keep your dog on it year round.
If you haven’t found any signs of fleas but your dog is still scratching it’s best to take them to the VET for a checkup. As other issues could arise from constant scratching if left untreated.
Our number one flea treat for dogs recommendation goes to Flea Away. With itching and scratching lessening within 7 days and severe cases seeing noticeable changes in around 3 weeks.
If your dog is already infested with fleas, this is our number one choice to try. Staying consistent with the treats and your dog will be feeling healthy and happier as the fleas slowly die off.
Flea away is also the best out of the three for prevention, being able to use it daily and year round. Prevention is super easy, with the treats coated in liver making for a great tasting dog treat.
The bonus for this product is that it also repels ticks & mosquitos, while also being safe for cats.
Flea Treats is made of a vitamin B complex which is good for dogs and cats. Vitamin B helps with healthy skin, a shiny coat, and healthy nervous system.
Typically taking 10-20 days to experience the great effects, many users have reported changes in their dog’s behavior within 7 days.
Safe and natural with no hormones, coated in liver makes for an easy treat that dogs and cats love.
Four Paws is an overall wellness product focusing on your dog’s wellbeing. A daily supplement consisting of brewers dried yeast, biotin and zinc. Also with a source of protein that gives your dog the vital boost to be fit and healthy.
Four Paws helps with maintaining healthy skin and a shiny coat for both dogs and cats.
Working better for prevention of fleas rather than treatment. Although a customer has said that after 3 days both her dogs have stopped licking so excessively.
Available in 4 sizes 125, 250, 500 & 1000 count Four Paws is excellent value for money.
What to do if your dog gets fleas?
Dogs get infested with fleas through contact with other animals, it’s best to think back and inform owners of other dogs that your dog has been in contact with.
There are two main options when removing fleas and depending if you want to use chemicals or not.
Removing Fleas with Chemical Products
Pills and other on-spot chemical treatments are the fastest way to remove fleas. While we don’t promote the use of chemicals on animals, we can recommend one tablet that works best in severe flea infestation.
Novartis Capstar Flea Tablets for Dogs and Cats works in approximately 4 hours and kills all adult fleas. Each tablet only lasts 24hours so it’s important to do a proper flea removal during that period.
These tablets in tandem with flea bathing and an environment clean (see below) will rid the fleas infesting your dog.
Removing Fleas with Non-Chemical Products
Using one of the three recommended flea treats above will help you fight against flea infestation. You will begin seeing results in 7 to 20 days but you’ll have the peace of mind that you didn’t use chemicals.
Regardless of the method you choose to rid your dog of fleas, both methods require you to clean your surroundings.
Fleas in the environment
Fleas lay eggs everywhere, so it’s important not just to treat your dog but also to treat your environment.
Once your dog has been infested and has entered the house, a thorough clean is required.
You’ll need to:
- Wash all your bed sheets
- Vacuum and throw away the bag
- Steam clean the carpet
You are also able to flea bomb areas of the house and outside.
Pay extra attention to those hard to reach places such as underneath your bed.
These are all necessary actions to treat fleas and to help prevent reinfestation.
It’s important to remember that flea treats take time to work and just because a friend had results in a day doesn’t many you’ll see the same results.
Choose your method of flea treatment and ensure to clean your surroundings otherwise your dog and home with constant be reinfested with fleas.
Fighting against fleas is hard work, but if you do it right the first time and use proper prevention methods you should be safe from reinfestation.