A Guide to Flea Medicine
There is no greater irritant than fleas when it comes to a dog’s life. There is little information concerning these fleas and how to get rid of them. You therefore need to study them a bit more, and find ways of killing them off.
A flea has a lifespan that can take up the better part of three years, with part of that time spent on your pet. The female flea is capable of laying a million eggs in its lifespan. These eggs can stay dormant in a carpet for a year, until the right conditions present themselves for it to hatch.
Fleas love attacking dogs and cats because of their proximity to the ground, and also their warm bodies which are ideal for their growth. When they cannot reach pets, they will go for children and toddlers who are the next closest ones. You can see another important reason why you need to get rid of them from your house with immediate effect. You will achieve this through a good flea medicine.
As a female flea is searching for a blood vessel, it will bite several times. The saliva they deposit will give off an allergic reaction. After feeding on the host, she will deposit her eggs and flea dirt, in this case undigested blood. The eggs and droppings tend to shed from the dog’s coat and land on all surfaces in living areas.
These eggs are not affected by temperature. They will remain so until proper hatching conditions come around. It is at their larvae stage that they are most vulnerable to flea medicine. You need therefore to apply flea medicine the minute you see the flea presence. You may be successful in that round.
There are different types of flea medicine, each with
differing degrees of effectiveness, safety, odor, and convenience. Whatever your choice of medicine, ensure all animals in the house are administered a dose, including the car. Using the medicine only on the dog is not effective, since the home and yard are places where the eggs could be deposited. Flea medicine comes in different formats.
You will find them in powder form. The powder can be applied on dogs that are two months old minimum. It will however only kill adult fleas, and nothing on the larvae.
Flea sprays come in either alcoholic or organic bases. There are those that contain insect growth regulators that kill flea eggs. But dogs tend to hate them.
Flea dips are quite effective at killing fleas for longer. They are on the other hand quite toxic. They should be administered less frequently. While doing it, wear protective gloves.
These are all ways to get rid of fleas. Choose one which is most suitable to your situation.