==== ====Learn AMAZING Strategies for KILLING Fleas and Controling these pests from hurting your pet!http://tinyurl.com/7r7ss3w==== ====Fleas also known as cat fleas are tiny, irritating parasites that not only feed off your pets blood,but your own blood as well. It is possible to find that fleas have laid their eggs almost anywhereand everywhere they please inside or outside, for instant, in your carpets, furniture and bedding aswell as your front and back yards. Therefore, it is likely that an infestation of fleas and their eggs isvery high. To determine if your animal has fleas, you should look for the tell tale signs of fleas onyour dog, for instance the excrement of fleas are dark, specks of curly dots which are also calledflea dirt.This flea dirt or excrement are black specks, which are the remains of digested blood that has areddish brown appearance when wet, and are best found while having your pet lay on a whitesheet or cloth while you brush through its coat. On dogs that have a darker coat you will need amagnifying glass to search for flea eggs, as they will give the appearance of dandruff within yourpets coat.Dangers of FleasNot only are fleas terribly annoying to your pet and yourself, they are also a health risk, and cancause an allergic reaction in both animals and humans. Some allergic reactions to fleas may be alarge sore that started out as a small irritating fleabite, but then the area becomes painfullyinfected, which do not easily or quickly healed as well on both animals and their humans. Fleascan also cause an allergic reaction, which leads to skin irritation, skin inflammation as well ascausing the loss of hair, which is called FAD or flea allergy dermatitis. Fleas are also infamous fortheir ability to transmit tapeworms, which cause much distress by cramping and gas. In somecases, due to severe blood loss your dog may experience anemia. This may be the case if yourdog is young or incapacitated this can be deadly.Preventing Flea InfestationIt is possible to exterminate fleas inside a vacuum cleaner bag, by putting flea powder in yourvacuum cleaner. However, the use of a monthly topical is inexpensive as well as an easyapproach in protecting you home against fleas. Frontline Plus and Bio Spot are two topical brandsthat are highly recommended as well as available in fighting fleas. Since fleas are not able to jumpmore than one foot at a time, you may want to consider raising their spot or their doghouse to anelevated position, to help in discouraging fleas into their personal area. Keep in mind that one ofthe best rivals for fleas is water; therefore you should wash all the areas as is possible where adog may roam such as your backyard. In addition, you should see to it that there is a little aspossible contact with areas that are grassy or wooded; this will minimize the probability of a fleainfestation. While you should take care to keep all areas, trimmed and clear of brush and bramble,such as you garden, yard or kennel.
It is essential to include a flea comb in you pets home grooming kit. A flea comb should be usedoften when grooming your animal. A flea comb has fine, soft bristles that will catch fleas. Youshould begin combing for fleas around your pets head and hindquarters, since this is an areawhere fleas and their flea dirt can commonly be found. When a flea is trapped, it shouldimmediately be immersed in soapy water. Moreover, since fleas are able to thrive and survive bestin warm conditions it is best to employ the use of flea control products year round. However, youshould also keep in mind that during their chrysalis or egg stage, colder climates can increase thelifespan of a flea, which is composed of egg, larva, pupa and adult, by causing the pupa stage tobecome dormant, laying in wait for a warmer period to hatch out.TreatmentThe first step to having a parasite free pet is to give it a flea bath. Although, since most fleaproducts are too harsh for puppies you should be extremely careful to consult your veterinarianand follow all instructions on a flea products label if your puppy has fleas. A flea bath can also giverelieve from itching and irritation, however you should not stop at shampooing your pet as a fleabath does not really protect the animal after having a flea bath.Although, it is not recommended by most veterinarians, one alternative for keeping fleas away forsome time after the treatment is to use a flea dip. However with the use of flea dip also comes thepossibility of the dog licking, swallowing or eating the fleas after treatment of a flea dip, since a fleadip remains on the animals coat a good long while. Alternatively, you may choose the option of aflea collar. You should keep in mind that flea collars only work in killing fleas around the face andneck of the dog, and not its whole body. Moreover, some dogs have shown signs of being allergicto flea collars by developing a rash when wearing a flea collar. You should also consider that sincethey hang loose from your dogs collar that flea medallions can possibly contaminate the dogsdrinking water, and thereby make it ill.Luckily, there are a good many choices of flea powders and sprays that you can use for yourhome and your dog. Although you should take care to read the complete instructions for any typeof flea treatment, before you use it to know which is which. Remember that a flea treatment foryour home is too strong to use on your pet and products that are made to put on your pet are notas strong as those you use on inanimate objects. Also, keep in mind that it is toxic to your pet touse two or three different flea control products in your home and on your dog at the same time;you do not want to make your dog sick from chemical poisoning.It is essential that your home be treated as well as your pet when there is an overabundance offleas. Fenoxycarb and Methoprene are two active ingredients included in flea sprays that are safeand efficient in battling fleas. As they have the ability to stop the growth of flea eggs into adultfleas. Since flea sprays are so very strong, it is highly recommended that your animals should beoutside while the house is being treated, and a good idea that you use a protective mask for cleanbreathing yourself while doing the spraying of your home. Thankfully, some products are designedwith the purpose of exterminating adult fleas, such as an IGR or an Insect Growth Regulators, asthey are able to kill flea larvae and eggs. However, before applying such flea control products, youshould always vacuum your furniture and carpet to rouse flea larvae and eggs from their cocoons.These flea control products are recommended by veterinarians: Advantage - Imidacloprid, Archer
or Nylor - Pyriproxyfen as well as Frontline Top Spot - Fipronil, Proban - Cythioate, Pro-Spot -Fenthion and Program - Lufenuron.ProudPup.com - Great deals on new and used dog supplies and accessories, training equipment,books, doggie health tips and more! Did you know that dogs have a genetic lifespan of 27 years?Find out how you can help your dog live well into its teens or 20s. Download your copy of theLong Life Dog book by clicking this link: Proud Pup - Dog Supplies CheapCopyright 2007 Â– Ken Mathie. Editor PMCezine...You are free to reproduce this article as long as no changes are made, the authors name isretained and the link to our site URL remains active.Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Ken_Mathie==== ====Learn AMAZING Strategies for KILLING Fleas and Controling these pests from hurting your pet!http://tinyurl.com/7r7ss3w==== ====