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What’s The Best Flea Treatment For My Hound?
Fighting fleas on your pet pooch is a crucial role for any dog owner. In just 21 days, one flea can become 1,000 fleas, according to Health24. Therefore, it’s easy to see how a flea infestation can quickly take hold. One of the most common symptoms a dog with fleas will experience is scratching. And, while your dog can be trained to fight the itch, you should always utilise an effective flea treatment to keep the fleas away for good.
Topical flea treatments are quick and easy to apply and are typically the most popular flea prevention treatment in the UK. Spot-on treatments are usually applied to the back of a dog’s neck and provide a month’s protection, therefore, providing peace of mind for a whole 30 days. However, the downside of them is that if your furry friend gets wet either in the rain or in the bath within 24 hours of application, the treatment can become ineffective. Other topical treatment options include bathing your hound in a flea shampoo, although this may be difficult for larger dogs, and sprays which are easy to apply and repel fleas and ticks. However, they do contain chemicals which can cause skin irritation and training may be required to prevent your pooch from biting the area and causing sores.
Pet flea tablets can kill fleas living in your dog’s coat in a matter of minutes. This, therefore, makes them the ideal solution for a pet finding it difficult to deal with the intense itching, hot spots and dermatitis that fleas cause. If you do choose this treatment, ensure your dog swallows the entire tablet as some pooches will hide pills under their tongue and spit it out when their owner isn’t looking, although, you can train your dog to successfully swallow pills. You should also take steps to treat your home and any other pets for fleas. This is particularly the case for pet cats as dog fleas can infest cats. Thus, it’s important to use a feline friendly treatment for them, too.
A recent survey found that 14% of pet owners fail to give their pets regular flea and tick medication. If this is something you forget to do, consider investing in a flea collar. Some flea collars emit a gas which repels fleas following a bite, whereas others repel fleas before they can bite your dog. One of the main advantages of using a flea collar is that there’s no need to remember to apply or give regular treatments. However, the pesticides contained within flea collars can cause skin irritation and they’re not always effective at killing all fleas.
If the chemicals in flea collars, topical and oral treatments concern you, then it’s worth using a natural flea shampoo to tackle your dog’s fleas. No Tick! is a natural shampoo made from bioflavonoids and grapefruit which can eradicate fleas, ticks and mites when used regularly. As the shampoo contains only natural ingredients, your pooch won’t experience any of the side effects associated with topical and oral treatments, such as skin irritation and excessive scratching. Therefore, it’s a safe and effective treatment to combat fleas.
Fleas are a nasty and tricky insect to beat. But as they can cause severe discomfort to your dog, owners should always ensure they choose an effective flea collar, topical or oral treatment to deal with fleas once and for all.