5 Tips For A Flea-Free Four-Legged Friend

    Your dog is going to be concentrating on scratching and chewing and you are going to be concentrating on trying to get rid of the fleas before they take over your home. Any special pet treats are going to have to take a backseat for the moment.

    This year the flea problem has stepped up big time according to vets across the country. The mild winters in most states and heavy rains have given a significant boost to the flea population. For millions of dog lovers winning the battle of "man against flea" seems like it will be impossible.

    Your dog does not understand why you spend hours washing, brushing and spraying his fur instead of throwing the ball, rubbing his belly and splurging on squeaky dog toys. In order to get things back on a normal track you need to find some effective ways to win the war and get a totally flea-free dog.

    Here are 6 tips that will help you get those fleas out of your house and out of your dog's hair.

    1. Remember that there are some excellent flea products now on the market. Check with your vet and get your pet started on whichever flea treatment they recommend. These are usually topical medications that you need to apply to your dog's skin once a month. Some brands even have sprays that offer affordable treatment for fleas. They can usually be used on cats, dogs, kittens and puppies. The spray is easy to apply and one application can last 4-8 weeks, depending on the brand.

    2. Quality canine food and the best vitamins for dogs should all be part of your arsenal in the war against fleas. A healthy dog with a strong immune system makes a less inviting target for fleas and ticks. There are some vets who believe that specific supplements and vitamins can work to repel any flea infestations.

    3. Make sure to brush and comb your dog every day. This will give you some important bonding time and it is a great way to remove any fleas or flea eggs that may be present in the fur. Also, use grooming tools with small teeth that have been specially designed to assist with the removal of fleas.

    4. Use an organic shampoo with citrus extracts the next time you shampoo your pet. These products do not contain harsh chemicals and the fragrances help keep fleas at bay.

    5. When treating your dog for fleas you have to remember that you must also address the pet's bedding and play areas. If you do not eliminate all fleas and eggs you can't solve the problem.

    It may seem like a tremendously hard challenge, but some diligence will help you win the war against the fleas.  Your dog will be much happier, and so will you.  Following these 5 tips will help get you a flea-free home much sooner rather than later!

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    Mike Rictor's dog has been bitting at his fur latly. He decides to look up information on flea prevention since it is really bothering Lucky.