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Dog Flea Protection, The Proper Treatment
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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 would not only include your dog but also YOU!

Dog flea infestations can be not only very annoying but in some cases dangerous for humans. They can carry any number of diseases and additional parasites. Your dog flea protection program needs to be swift and comprehensive to take care of the problem before it gets out of hand.

Treatments: To effectively get rid of fleas your dog flea protection regimen needs to treat not only the dog or dogs but also the household and even the yard. You should not hesitate when you notice fleas to jump (so to speak) on the problem immediately. Any hesitation will only make it worse before it gets better.

Once a month topical products are the most common these days. Sometimes called "Spot-on" products, they are usually applied directly to the dogs skin between his shoulder blades. Other methods include flea collars, oral treatments and frequent bathing and grooming of the dog.

Keep in mind when buying dog flea protection products that there is a wide range of pesticide types and the strength and length of effectiveness of the product will vary greatly. Most brand name products will work. However you need to be very careful how you read the product literature. Some will kill fleas, others will repel fleas, some will kill and repel. It pays to stop and consider what exactly you want your dog flea protection product to do for you and your dog and then chose accordingly.

Prevention: Your dog flea protection efforts should focus not only on killing the fleas that you see, but preventing another flea infestation. The fleas on your dog will have laid eggs (they do this virtually after every blood meal) on your dog and in every environment that the dog livers in and around,

Your dog flea protection program should include regular vacuuming and shampooing of the carpets. It's estimated that vacuuming can remove as much as 50% of the existing eggs and larvae. Pay special attention to where your dog sleeps. Any dog bed or blankets should be washed at least once a week.

Also the household environment should be treated with a brand name flea bomb type product at least once a season.

Following these procedures should make your dog flea protection program extremely effective.


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