The outdoors is probably your dog’s most favorite place in the world! It is a wonderful place to run, explore, and breath in all of the fresh air – and to catch fleas. Yes, this is the downside of going outside. But no worries! Your dog doesn’t have to be deprived of this beautiful playground. All you need to know is how to get rid of fleas and how to prevent them.

1)    Flea and Tick Shampoo

Buy some flea and tick shampoo and give your dog a bath. Lather it up in the skin and hair and rinse thoroughly. This will kill any fleas that come in contact with the shampoo and will keep your dog from itching so badly.

2)    Flea Treatment

Apply monthly flea treatment. You can consult your veterinarian about a recommendation. Monthly treatments are available at common stores if you don’t want to take a trip to the vet. Follow the directions on the back of the box, and be sure to not bathe your dog within two to three days of applying the it. Washing your dog within that time frame will wash all of the oils working together with the flea treatment.

3)    Flea Collar

Buy a flea collar for your dog, but consult with your vet first. Some flea collars have proven to have toxic ingredients and have been harmful for dogs and their nervous systems.

4)    Carpet Spray

Aerosol insecticides can be used to prevent fleas. Fleas not only like dogs’ coats, but they also like carpet, and lay their eggs in it. Flea spray can be found online or in retail stores.

5)    Short Grass

Where there is shorter grass, there are less fleas. Keep your yard, and any other area your dog goes into, trimmed.

There are many other methods in the prevention of fleas that you can try. Just be careful and make sure that any spray, powder, or anything else is not harmful to your pet, in addition to nay bugs. Research, ask your vet and always be aware of any risks.

By Staff Writer Erika Smith

Staff Writer Erika Smith