Monday, 7 September 2015

Elmhurst Animal Care Center : Fending off Fleas

Fleas are a common problem for many dogs, whether they have long and short hair. Fleas are not only uncomfortable for your dog and can cause flea infestations in your house, they can also lead to more serious problems, like intestinal worms.

The best way to deal with fleas is to be proactive. Invest in a good, over-the-counter flea medication. Usually you can get six doses (six months of treatments) for under one hundred dollars. Every month, whether you see symptoms of fleas or not, administer one dose of flea medication to the nape of your dog’s neck. This will not only kill all fleas your dog may have—they might have infested your dog before he has noticed—it will prevent any new fleas from latching onto your dog’s fur.

Dogs get fleas from many sources. Other dogs at the dog park may have fleas and pass them onto your dog. Fleas are very hardy—they can latch on a person’s clothes and travel with them. When people who have fleas on their clothing come over to your house, they may drop them in your rug without ever knowing it. Instead of flea bombing your home or using any kind of insecticide, prevent the fleas from getting on your dog in the first place with preemptive care. This medication is much less harsh than flea or bug bombs for indoor-carpeted areas.

Elmhurst Animal Care Center helps pet owners keep their best friends healthy. This full service pet hospital and clinic employs some of the most talented veterinarians in the area.