My Dog Has Fleas! What Should I Do?

You’ve noticed that your dog is scratching a lot more than usual. When you take a close look at his fur you see all sorts of creepy crawly little dots jumping around. Yuck, your dog has fleas! It’s time for a visit to your Staten Island veterinarian.

Although fleas are horrible little creatures, don’t panic too much yet. They are treatable and with the right techniques you will be able to get your flea-bitten friend back to normal and banish those little blood-sucking pests for good.

Get The Help of Your Staten Island Veterinarian to Banish Fleas

The first thing to do is to call your Staten Island veterinarian and let them know. It can be a good idea to bring the dog in for an examination so that your Staten Island veterinarian can check their skin for signs of dermatitis.
The next step is to ask your Staten Island veterinarian to suggest an effective flea treatment. There are many different products available out there and so it is important to find the right one for the size of your pet.

After your dog has been treated for fleas, thoroughly wash everything in your home including and bedding, upholstery, rugs and furniture that your dog might have touched. It should all be washed at a temperature of at least 60 degrees in order to kill any fleas in their immature stages. Don’t forget to get rid of any vacuum bags as you might have sucked up flea eggs with the vacuum. You might even need to have your home treated by an exterminator which will require temporary evacuation.

After the problem is gone, be sure to keep your dog’s bedding clean, brush your dog often and mow the lawn often to discourage fleas in the future.

It will take a while to thoroughly and completely treat a flea problem in your dog. However, it is important that you do so because fleas can cause health problems in dogs including allergies and anaemia.

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