Dogs offer great companionship and are often considered an important part of the family. But along with the fun and joy they can bring, they also come with one very undesirable side effect: the chance of bringing fleas into your home. Anyone who owns a dog is probably going to experience having a flea problem at some point in their life. But fortunately, you can control how frequently it happens to you, and how widespread and difficult the problem becomes. To that end, here are seven dog care tips to help you avoid needing flea removal in Rochester, NH:
- Preventative products: Topical insecticides, shampoos and sprays are all popular flea prevention products, and usually only need to be applied once a month. Some of these products also contain other medical benefits, such as preventing heartworm. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation that will work for your dog, and remember to apply it on the same day each month.
- Flea collars: A flea collar is a good option for a dog who spends a lot of time outside and does not take well to other preventative products. Just make sure your dog does not swim while wearing one, and follow the instructions to ensure you put it on correctly.
- Natural prevention: If you prefer to try natural products whenever possible, there are a few options available to you. Flea collars made with lavender and cedar oils, deterrent drinks with apple cider vinegar and distilled vinegar and a flea comb with lemon juice are all effective, to an extent.
- Regular vacuuming: If your dog does catch fleas and brings them into the home, they will likely start laying eggs in your carpet. Vacuuming at least once a week will prevent the problem from spreading, perhaps before you even know it is an issue.
- Frequent bathing: Giving your dog a bath at least every week or so is another way to get rid of newly acquired fleas before they become a big issue. If your dog is prone to getting fleas, try using a flea prevention and removal shampoo.
- Wash bedding: When your dog does have a flea problem, the first thing you should do is wash their bedding, and continue to wash it at least once a week until the problem subsides. You should also clean out their carrier and your car if your dog has been in it recently.
- Trust a professional: Following the above tips should certainly decrease your risk of developing a serious flea issue. That being said, fleas can sometimes be unavoidable, and they can be resistant to even the harshest of prevention measures. When your small flea issue does turn into a real problem, do not hesitate to trust a fully qualified professional to handle it for you. It will likely save you time, money and stress in the long run.
For more tips on effective and affordable flea prevention and flea removal in Rochester, NH, please give Dependable Pest Solutions a call soon.