Fleas and ticks are a common problem that most of the pet parents face, particularly in summer. It is really hard to prevent a dog from fleas or ticks as their coat provides the perfect habitat for them. It is harmful because these fleas feed on the dog’s blood. This can cause serious illness and even tick fever.
Ticks often breed during warmer conditions, therefore the probability of your dog being affected by ticks is high during summer.
Fleas are generally capable of sucking up to 15 times their own weight in blood in a single day. This can lead your dog to anemia. Anemia is a condition where the count of red blood cells drops drastically and can be hazardous for pups as their immunity level is considerably less.
Signs your dog has a tick
If your dog is affected by ticks you might not be able to find it until they largely multiply by the number. Ticks are communicable, they can be transferred to your pet while going on a walk, or from a fellow cat or dog. However, it is also possible for the eggs to get transferred.
Here are a few symptoms to identify ticks and fleas at an early stage.
- Dark spots in the fur. These are flea droppings.
- Eggs in the fur
- Licking, scratching and other kinds of discomfort
- Red spots on the skin
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How do fleas affect my dog?
Fleas are extremely dangerous.
1. Flea allergy dermatitis
This is caused by fleabites and is one of the most common problems that people go to vets for. It is caused by the saliva of the flea that enters your dog’s skin when they bite.
Frequent itching, scratching, hair loss is the symptoms of this condition. This is generally visible on the lower back of the dog.
If the flea that bites your dog is infected by tapeworms, then there are high chances that your dog can get infected too. When your dog licks the fleas while licking their body they get into the dog’s system and attach themselves to the intestine. They can cause vomiting, stomach ache, etc.
This is caused by a bacteria called Bartonella. There are no early symptoms for this disease in dogs, while the vets are still researching on that. Later symptoms in dogs are enlargement of spleen, fever, swelling of lymph nodes, lameness, Inflammation of heart muscles and irritation in nose, vomiting, cough seizures, etc.
How to get rid of ticks/fleas?
The best thing to do is to consult your vet. Alternatively here are a few steps that you can follow. Please do note that dogs, like humans, are different. What might work for one may not work for others. But here is a small procedure.
- Give your dog a good bath. Fleas cannot survive water. Choose a shampoo that is organic.
- Rinse them with apple cider vinegar. This helps to balance your dog’s pH level. This is an unsuitable environment for the fleas to grow. Use a 4:6 ratio of Apple cider vinegar and water. Then, add a quarter tablespoon of sea salt and shake it well. Spray it all over your dog’s body avoiding the eyes.
- Then, wash your dog once again. Try to remove the fleas manually from your dog’s body.
How to get rid of fleas from your home?
Even though you have removed all the fleas from your dog’s body, and treated them, they can come back if you are the house is not cleaned.
Here is what you have to do:
- Wash everything. Put everything that your dog uses in a machine and use hot water to wash them.
- Fleas are capable of staying under the carpet. Vacuum every nook and corner alternative days.
- Use a steam cleaner regularly and drown fleas.
Repeat these procedures regularly until you are sure that your house is flea free.