The #1 Pest That Annoys Your Dog Most

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Pests such as fleas, mosquitos, and ticks often bite dogs. This can lead to itching, scratching, infections and disease. Keeping dogs safe from these pests is an important aspect of owning a dog. Some of the best ways to accomplish this are described below.

Flea Treatments

Fleas are very small and will hide in the coats of dogs. There are several ways to get rid of these pests, with the most common being a flea and tick shampoo. This kills fleas on contact and stops the dog from scratching themselves. The shampoo must be lathered into the coat of the dog then rinsed well. Repeat treatments may be necessary.

A veterinarian can recommend a flea treatment for dogs to be used monthly. These products can be purchased from the vet, pet supply stores, online and retail locations. When the instructions are followed, any fleas on the dog will be killed. Using the treatment monthly helps ensure the fleas will not return.

A flea collar is a good way to help prevent fleas. It is important to get a recommendation from the vet because some collars have toxic and harmful ingredients and can disrupt the nervous system of the dog.

Natural oils are another way to protect a dog from fleas. The best sprays contain citronella, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, or cedar. This will naturally repel the fleas and can be purchased at health or natural food stores.

Professional Pest Control

When pests invade the home, pest control can be an all-in-one solution. Exterminators rid the home of pests effectively and efficiently. The exterminator will explain how to prepare the home such as removing the contents from cupboards, pantries and under the sinks.

You need to keep your dog safe while the exterminator is working. The dog should be kept in a carrier, at a kennel, at the home of a friend or family member, or in a room in the home that can be closed off and is not scheduled for treatment. There may be special preparation necessary for the dog for a period of time after the treatment for safety.  

Caring for the Lawn

To help prevent outdoor pests, gardens should be well maintained, and the lawns should be cut short. This will help eliminate the breeding grounds for pests. Tall grass is often the home for fleas and ticks.

Most people with dogs consider them members of the family. By following the tips above, they can be kept safe, happy and pest free.

For more helpful dog tips, check out more articles from our blog.

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