As spring and summer approach, ticks and fleas can become more of a problem for us and our dogs. The more we know about these pests, the better we can treat the problems they may cause to our fur babies.
If we know the preventative measures to put in place the better chances our dogs can have of a life without these nasty blood-sucking parasites.
Fleas are usually common all year round, and as the days warm up, ticks become more prevalent also.
The blood-sucking habits of fleas are the most leading causes of skin irritations for dogs.
Fleas rely on blood for their nutrition. However, they can survive for several months without feeding. Females will lay their eggs(up to 50 at a time) which hatch into larvae one week later and then form a cocoon, then two weeks later hatch out as adult fleas. This life process repeats over and over at a rapid pace leading to infestations and havoc for all around.
Eradication is not always easy as flea cocoons can lay dormant for long periods at a time and hatch out when conditions are more ideal, e.g. warmer months.
Fleas are also carriers of diseases, most common is tapeworms, making worming our dogs a necessary regular activity.
Wherever your pooch lays, it is possible to find flea eggs, carpets, their beds and bedding, so proper cleaning practices are needed to help eradicate this pest. Vacuuming everywhere they lay, and insecticidal washes for all bedding will go a long way to control any outbreaks.
Flea collars or spot on skin drops and regular flea control shampoos will help your dog have a more comfortable life without fleas.
It may be necessary to use flea bombs or a Professional pest exterminator if the infestation is out of your control.