How To Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs Home Remedy5 May 2023
A simple online search will give you multiple of options for natural options to get rid of fleas on your dog. But unfortunately not all these treatments work, or they might help to kill adult fleas but not manage the eggs or larvae. So here we'll chat more about options for flea removal home remedies, and how much help they can actually be.
1. Flea Combs
Flea combs can be a useful addition to fighting a flea infestation in your home. Obviously they are only going to manage the fleas on your dog, and won't treat the home. Most combs can take out the adult fleas, as well as the larvae and the eggs, and if you can cover every inch of your dog, you can remove quite a bit, but unfortunately they can then get re-infested from your home.
2. Washing bedding
An effective way of getting fleas out of your home can start with a good clean of where your dog sleeps. Although you should always follow the instructions on the bedding, boil washes are the best to get rid of any visitors on the material. Always be sure to use a pet-friendly detergent as well. A good tumble dry after, if advised as ok to do so on the bedding, can also help to get rid of any remnants.
Vacuuming the house is a regular household task but when you have fleas it's important to do it a bit more regularly, as you can not only uplift fleas but also organic matter that lives in carpets, bedding & furnishings which is what fleas can eat to live on! The most important part is when you're emptying the vacuum cleaner, be sure to seal and dispose of in an outside bin everything you pick up, and if safe to do so and advised by the manufacturer, hot wash the drum of your vaccum, to get rid of any remnants.
Unfortunately in a lot of cases, natural remedies alone will not get rid of a flea-infestation in your home. Fleas are hardy and can be challenging to get rid of. Often even pet shop products don't do enough, as they are often only killing the adult fleas, and not the eggs or larvae. In those cases speaking to your veterinary practice is the best idea, where they can prescribe you flea medication for your pet and a spray for your home. All these products are well-researched and clinically trialled before they can be sold to you and your vet should be able to put you at ease with any questions you have about them.
This article is for information only, and should never replace any advice, diagnosis or treatment from your veterinary surgeon. Always contact your local vet or out of hours vet without delay if you have any concerns about your dog.
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