Fleas are dogs’ greatest enemies. They suck the nutrition out of dogs and they also cause a lot of problems on your pet’s skin.
But, there are ways for you to prevent the occurrence of flea infestation, and cure it if it is already present. First, let’s discuss what fleas can actually bring to your dog’s health.
When a flea bites a dog, his skin will have an allergic reaction to the flea’s saliva and the dog will chew, scratch, and gnaw on it incessantly.
Flea bites are a major problem in many areas of the world. Your dog can be infested with fleas and they can infest your home and even bite you if the problem is left untreated.
Some dogs are actually allergic to the flea bite, so this can cause them extreme misery such as scratching till they bleed, skin inflammation, and hair loss, which is often referred to as hot spots.
1. Get the Flea Problem Under Control
Before you can treat a flea bite, you must get the flea problem under control. Otherwise, you will have hundreds of flea bites to treat.
You will want to treat your house and your dog with safe flea killing products. If you are unsure which ones to use, ask your veterinarian and they can recommend the right kind or sell you a flea treatment you place on the dog’s shoulder blades one each week.
2. Bathe The Dog in Soothing Shampoo
Once you have treated the flea problem and you visibly are seeing the fleas falling off the dog or no longer crawling, you need to shampoo your dog with an oatmeal-based product.
Do not use a flea shampoo as this can really sting if the flea bites have caused sores on your dog’s body.
If your dog is really infested with fleas, like your shampoo him or her, you may notice the shampoo turning red, this is the leftover blood that dried when the fleas bit your dog. You may need to shampoo a couple of times, depending on the severity.
Use an oatmeal-based conditioner as well, this is very soothing to the dog’s skin, especially when they have open wounds from scratching themselves.
Allow your dog to dry thoroughly and vacuum your home very well, if you have no carpet, sweep your hardwoods very well, because once you treat the home and the dog, you’re going to have a lot of dead fleas, depending on how bad the infestations were.
In Case Of Inflammation and Redness
If your dog’s skin is red and inflamed, you can see where they scratched themselves raw. Go to your local pharmacy and get an over the counter hydrocortisone cream that normally sells with 1 percent.
You will want to apply this to the affected areas several times each day. This will not burn at all and will actually be very soothing.