Getting rid of fleas in dogs and cats and from your home is possible and easy only when you know what exactly flea is. Fleas are one kind of insect with no wings that are usually seen in dogs and cats. Scientific name for fleas is Siphonaptera. When it comes to dog fleas that scientific name is Ctenocephalides canis. These Fleas usually gets attracted to dogs and cats. They cause a lot of irritation to dogs and cats. Their bites are itchy and they can be very painful too.
Fleas are wingless insects with a size of 1/16 and 1/8 of an inch. They are usually dark colored sometimes reddish-brown; these reddish brown fleas are found in cats. Their tube like mouth helps them to suck blood of cats and dogs. With long legs and their ability to jump from place to place which causes lot of trouble to our pets dogs and cats. These fleas have hairs and spines which helps them to travel through hair easily. These fleas’ lives on dogs causing them too much of itching and irritation making your dog live unhealthy. If we fail to treat dogs with fleas on time it will cause health issues to your dog and even people around.
Some pets which are hypersensitive to these fleas can face severe itch all over the body because some fleas have saliva which can cause severe irritation and itching sometimes rapid scratching can lead to bleeding, hair loss, red skin, scabs and inflammation. Generally pets get infected with fleas during summer.
These fleas have power to suck blood more than its body weight. Fleas suck blood 15 times more than its body weight causing anemia and lot of blood loss. When fleas suck blood then red blood cells in dogs comes to low number sometimes dogs may die due to inadequate number of red blood cells.
Since these fleas live under temperature of 65 to 85F, it means that dogs who wander a lot in the street are more vulnerable to these fleas. Whatever be the season dogs gets infected with these fleas anytime in a year. Fleas are dangerous that can cause serious health trouble to your dog and sometimes to you too.
It is good to check your dog’s health on frequent basis and keeping your dogs away from getting infected from these fleas. If fleas on your dogs are not treated immediately then you are making your dog’s life miserable and of course yours too.
How to prevent your Dogs and Cats from Fleas
Fleas in dogs and cat give hard time for both animal and its owner. Dogs suffer more with fleas because these fleas create irritation, bleeding, hair loss, and scabs. When fleas start living on your pet skin (dogs and cats) they cause a lot of irritation making them to scratch, due to too much scratching they may bleed and such bleeding can lead to some other health issues. Since fleas cause a lot to trouble to your pet you must get rid of fleas as soon as possible. You should not let your pet die with fleas. There are many ways to get rid of these fleas.
Flea Collar: A collar for a cat or dog that is impregnated with insecticide to kill or deter fleas. It is one of the effective way to get rid of fleas in your pet. With help of this flea collar you can get rid of fleas constantly and steadily.
Process 1: Take 3-5 drops cedar and lavender oil with equivalent amount of water i.e. 3-5 drops and mix all these three liquids together. It is good idea to dilute cedar and lavender oil before use it on your pet. After mixing these liquids you can apply the liquid to the bandana with help of eye dropper and tie it to your pet’s neck. This way you can repel fleas from dogs and cat easily and bandana tied up to your pet’s neck even make them look fashionable at same time fleas can leave your pet permanently.
Flea Deterring Drink: You can mix one quarter of dog’s and cat’s drinking water with distilled vinegar or apple cider vinegar. This drink keep away fleas from your pet’s and it also makes your pet skin and coat smoother.
Vacuum Cleaner: You can use vacuum cleaner to put check to fleas. Try to use you vacuum cleaner cleaning every corner of the house especially under beds, corners of the rooms, pet beds, rugs, under your furniture and every corner of your house. Vacuum up the eggs laid by the fleas, this way you can stop the growth of fleas. This way you can stimulate the fleas from cocoons then with help of pesticides you can get rid of fleas permanently.
Sprays: Sprays are available in the market that helps in getting rid of fleas. You can choose the best one and make use of it. Make sure you go through testimonials of various available in the market to ensure safety to dogs.
Flea Comb: You need to comb their hair on regular basis. You must comb the hair of your pet by applying lemon to the comb because this lemon helps to kill all kinds of insects especially fleas. Use sponge or brush instead of comb to apply lemon liquid after mixing it with water. Make sure you keep the lemon liquid overnight before you apply to your pet. You need to mix lemon juice in boiled water, after the water turn warm you can apply it on dogs