If you've found dog fleas living in your Cocker Spaniel's coat or in your home, don't panic. Learn about fleas and ticks and how to get rid of them permanently with our FREE online
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Ctenocephalides canis, more commonly known to you and me as the humble dog flea, can certainly make your Cocker's life a misery - not to mention yours!
Unfortunately, it's almost inevitable that at some point in your Spaniel's life he'll play host to these annoying little parasites.
Dog fleas are so small that you can't really see any detail. Most dog owners know a flea when they see one, but don't actually know what they really look like. Follow the link for a really close look at one...they're not a pretty sight, so you've been warned!
Fleas can cause intense itching and scratching, (which can result in hair loss and infection) tapeworms, anemia and flea allergy dermatitis.
If your pet is infested with fleas (even if he's only picked up a couple, it won't take long before it becomes an infestation) you'll need to get to work straight away to eliminate them.
Understanding their life cycle and their habitat will help you to banish your dog's unwanted hitch-hikers for good.
If you're going to be successful in getting rid of fleas, you really need to understand their life cycle.
There are four stages to it: adult, eggs, larvae, and pupae.
Simply killing the fleas isn't enough.
The reason for this is that, given the right conditions, any eggs already laid will hatch, and any larvae and pupae will continue to grow and will eventually become adult dog fleas.
These fleas will then feed, mate and the female will lay her eggs...and the infestation will begin all over again.
Learn more about the flea's life cycle, their habitat and what you need to do to be certain that they're eliminated at all stages.
Flea bites are actually puncture wounds that the flea inflicts when feeding on your Cocker's blood (or yours for that matter!).
They appear as red blotches, may become inflamed and/or swollen, and can be annoyingly itchy!
This allergic reaction is caused by an enzyme in the flea's saliva which causes irritation and an uncontrollable desire to scratch. It the bites become infected they will probably need treatment.
Flea bites on humans and our pets are no joke - they can, and often do, make our lives miserable!
Flea control needs a systematic approach - first treat your Cocker to break the cycle and then treat your home.
A natural remedy can be just as effective; there's plenty of safe home remedies to choose from, but I recommend you check with your vet that the one you choose is okay for your Cocker Spaniel.
And remember, flea medication should be applied properly for it to be fully effective for your pet.
If you find fleas on your dog, there's a good chance they're in your home too!
In fact, if you've fleas on your dog you can almost guarantee you'll find fleas in your home too!
Getting rid of fleas in the house will require a thorough strategy as there's a strong possibility that there will be immature fleas, eggs, larvae or pupae deep in the pile of your carpets, as well as on soft furnishings, under the edges of your furniture, and in cracks and crevices.
Getting rid of fleas in your carpets will need your special attention, and may take a little longer, if you are to catch and eliminate all forms of this parasite currently lodged in the fibers of your favorite rugs.
It's important to continue treating your pet and your home until you're certain that they're both clear.
Remember to check your Cocker's coat regularly for ticks and fleas, as well as signs of them, such as dried blood or eggs. Also watch for the tell-tale scratching.
Grooming your pet regularly gives you an opportunity to check for parasites and will allow you to spot and treat an infestation before it really becomes a problem.
I also take a quick look through Max's coat each evening when he's lying quietly, and have a good old root around. It only takes a couple of minutes and if there's something there I can act quickly.
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