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How to Get Rid of Dog Fleas

If you're a dog owner, then you likely know how important it is to make sure your dog is protected against diseases and illnesses. However, one aspect of protection that some dog owners overlook is that against fleas, ticks, and worms.

What Are Fleas, Ticks, and Worms?
Fleas are tiny external parasites that feed on the blood of mammals and travel by crawling and jumping many times their height. Fleas like to burrow in pet's fur, feeding off your pet's blood and reproducing quickly. Ticks are larger external parasites that actually burrow their heads directly into a pet's (or a human's) skin to feed on blood.

Internal parasites, such as worms, are also common in dogs and can vary in appearance and effect. In most cases, they live in the dog's intestinal tract.

How Dogs Get Infested
Most often, dogs get fleas, ticks, and internal parasites from the environment or their living spaces. Fleas can be found living inside and outside of your home; therefore it is very easy for your dog to catch fleas. Ticks like to live in areas of tall grass, especially where moisture is present. If your dog enjoys playing outside and rolling around in the grass, it's not difficult for him or her to be bitten by a tick.

Internal parasites, on the other hand, tend to be transmitted through contact with excrement from other infected animals, or even eating/drinking something that has been contaminated, such as stagnant water.

Potential Dangers of Fleas, Ticks, and Worms
Despite their small size, fleas can pack quite a punch when it comes to your dog's health and wellbeing. They can reproduce rapidly and in great number, so even just a few fleas in your pet's fur can quickly turn into hundreds infesting your entire home. Their bites can also cause skin irritation, which can result in your pet excessively biting or scratching at the affected areas. Ticks can be extremely dangerous. Dogs can die within a few days if Paralysis Ticks are left attached to your dog's skin to feed on their blood.

Intestinal worms can affect your pet in other ways, such as making your dog sick or preventing the body from absorbing the nutrients it needs, which can lead to death.

How To Get Rid of Dog Fleas
The good news is that there are prevention and treatment options for fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites. For instance, there are collars you can put on your dog to repel and control fleas and ticks, just as there are spot-on, skin applied and oral treatments you can give your dog to achieve the same effect. Some examples of these dog flea products include Advantix, Bravecto, and Comfortis.

If your dog already has fleas or ticks, then you'll need to explore treatment options. Flea baths using special shampoos and combs can be effective in killing and removing fleas. Tick bite prevention can be managed by you using a suitable product, but be warned, if your pet has a tick attached to their skin it is best to take them immediately to a veterinarian for treatment.

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Please note:
Any information we provide is general information only, for professional advice please seek a veterinarian.