This Article is About
flea protection
little critters
chemical pesticides
several different types
fleas
shoulder blades
dog owners
Dog Flea Protection
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

One of the highest priorities for dog owners is dog flea protection. Almost everyone who owns a dog has had their run in's with these nasty little critters.

Fleas are small flightless insects that can grow up to 1/8 of an inch long. They feed on the blood of mammals including dogs and humans. Fleas have a very hard shelled body and long hind legs that they use for jumping great distances. The flea is one of the best jumpers in the entire animal kingdom. An adult flea can jump up to 13 inches horizontally. This is over 200 times the length of it's body! That would be like you or I being able to jump from one end of a football field to the other in one leap!

When thinking about dog flea protection, it pays to keep in mind that fleas lay eggs almost anywhere and do so prolifically. They also may lay dormant for as long as several months. This is one reason why they are so hard to get rid of sometimes.

There are several different types of dog flea protection to consider.:

Spot flea protection,

One of the most popular methods for dog flea protection is the spot method. The flea pesticide is placed directly on the dogs back between his shoulder blades. The active ingredient in most spot flea protection paralyses and or kills the fleas after they have fed on the hosts blood. There are pluses and minuses to this method of dog flea protection. It will certainly kill the fleas that land on your dog. However in most cases it will not repel fleas so they may have tendency to return.

Natural protection,

The natural method of dog flea protection consists of frequent bathing, combing and brushing as well as the use of products that do not contain any chemical pesticides. Unfortunately, this method does not have a high success rate and entails a high degree of hands on treatment.

Oral Tablets,

The oral tablet method of dog flea protection can be quite effective. The medicine is given usually once a month in tablet form and not only kills existing fleas but can repel fleas for quite a while and is designed to break the flea life cycle.

Collars,

If repelling fleas is the goal of your dog flea protection program, then a flea collar is a very good option. A flea collar will usually contain a strong pesticide and is worn of course, around the dogs neck. These collars will usually last from three to six months before needing replacement.

A word of warning regarding you dog flea protection program. The Environmental Protection Agency has recently intensified it's evaluations of spot-on pesticide type flea and tick products due to a link in adverse reactions (up to and including death) of some pets which were exposed to these products.

Just be careful while implementing you dog flea protection plan and monitor you dog for any adverse reactions closely when using any flea and tick products


Street Talk

Ugh! Summer is coming, and bringing this pest. Thanks for the reminder to get prepared.

Reply
  about 6 years ago
You May Also Like
Dog Flea Protection, The Proper Treatment
Dog flea protection demands the proper treatment. The common dog flea is a small flightless (although they can jump more than 20 times the length of their body) very hardy and hard to kill parasite found almost all over the world. They feed solely on the blood of mammals which…
By:  in  Pets  >  Dogs   Aug 16, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

Dog flea protection, choosing the right method
If you own a dog you need dog flea protection. There are a plethora of flea and tick products on the market today and it can be very confusing and overwhelming to try and pick one that is right for you and your dog. I mean some of them kill…
By:  in  Pets  >  Dogs   Aug 16, 2011  
1
  Likes: 0

Wildlife Conservation Warwickshire
Do you or members of your family have a passion for wildlife and wildlife conservation Warwickshire to be exact. Wetlands, grasslands, woodlands, birds,otters,butterflies, frogs and newts, their all on your doorstep. I have lived in the area most of my life and i have seen many changes involving the countryside…
By: mark 2 in  Reference and Education  >  Wildlife   Mar 02, 2013  
0
  Likes: 0

Pets Disease Protection
I am sure you would agree that a big part of taking care of our pets is pet disease protection. Being a pet owner is much more involved than seeing a cute pet and bringing it home. When our family was much younger each child had a pet and in…
By: Jackelyn Mills in  Pets   May 03, 2012  
1
  Likes: 2

Getting Rid Of Bed Bugs: the Game Has Changed!
Bed bugs are small tick-like creatures that feed primarily on human blood. Usually they are not taken very seriously, but that's mainly because they haven't until recently become a serious problem, as they once were back in the 40's prior to the use of DDT. So, what brought about this…
By: Charles1 in  Home Improvement  >  Pest Control   Mar 22, 2011  
0
  Likes: 0

How to Know What to Eat - Part 2
In Part One of this series, I wrote about why eating whole food is far better nutritionally than eating refined and processed foods. Have you been looking at foods from the viewpoint of what's whole and what's not? Excellent if you have! Again, I am not here to tell you…
By: Patty Allread in  Health and Fitness  >  Nutrition   May 07, 2012  
10
  Likes: 2

Organic Gardening - Get the Highest Possible Quality Of Food
The best way to get the freshest, highest quality and fantastic-tasting veggies is to grow them yourself organically. Organic gardening is something worth knowing even if you don't personally have your own garden space. It can be done in containers on your balcony or porch and it is popular enough…
By: Patty Allread in  Home and Family  >  Gardening   Apr 02, 2012  
2
  Likes: 2

Organic Farming Pros And Cons: is Organic Farming the Best Option for You?
Organic farming is not just about growing tomatoes or other crops without dangerous chemical pesticides. It can also mean raising livestock for meat, milk or eggs without antibiotics and without artificial growth hormones. There are a number of rules that have to be adhered to and varying levels of certifications…
By: Amanda Lee in  News and Society  >  Eco Innovations   Feb 18, 2011  
2
  Likes: 8

Reasons to Choose A Patient Driving Instructor Weston - super - mare
Individuals who would like to make the learning how to drive process enjoyable should start by hiring a competent, friendly Driving Instructor Weston-super-Mare. The instructor you choose to work with should ensure you make the most of your Driving Lessons Weston-super-Mare and he should make sure you do not waste…
By: Sheraton Veranda in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 05, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Is Alpo Dog Food Possibly One Of The Best Dog Food Brands Ever?
A well known and loved brand – Alpo, which is short for Allen Products, was founded way back in 1936 in Pennsylvania, and is now owned by Nestle. With such a long history, customers where rightly concerned when the brand was affected by the large scale product recalls in 2007.…
By: Mike Nash in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

A Merry Hound - The Beagle
Beagles were developed as scent hounds and used to hunt rabbits and small prey. Today, this popular breed is used for hunting, pet therapy, "sniffing" dogs for law enforcement, and as family pets. This is one of the most popular dogs in the United States due to the temperament and…
By: Doug Fabick in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

How to Get the Best Food From the Renowned Pet Food Supplier In Stoke –on - trent?
The nutritional requirements of the pet animals are different from that of humans. Hence, picking the best pet food from the pet food supplier in Stoke-On-Trent takes effort and thought. All the pet owners are advised to go through the labels to get an idea of the ingredients. Moreover, they…
By: aby in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Find the Best Accommodation for Your Cat With Cattery Stoke - on - Trent
Online information provides a good resource for cat owners who need to find an adequate cattery Stoke-on-Trent. Get some tips to help you with online selection! Not any cattery Stoke-on-Trent offers the best bedding services and proper care for the cats that must be accommodated. If you are concerned about…
By: Johny Danes in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

How to Find the Best Pet Food Supplier In Stoke - on - Trent
Pet-lovers will always agree that when it comes to selecting the right nutrition and supplements, the options is huge and varied. With numerous Pet Food Supplier In Stoke-On-Trent and local shops selling variety of tins, cartons and packs of Animal Feeds Stoke-On-Trent, it is obvious to get confused about which…
By: Johny Danes in  Pets  >  Dogs   Jun 02, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Training Your New Puppy Or Dog
It is very important to start training your new puppy as soon as possible, the best is to start when you bring him home. The puppy training can be done yourself or you can hire a professional trainer. Often you could find a local dog training classes. Ask your veterinarian…
By: Daniel39 in  Pets  >  Dogs   May 31, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 1131    Report this Article