Getting rid of fleas is not just about killing the fleas on our dogs, it's also about active, ongoing flea prevention to help kill off the eggs, larvae, and pupa as they develop and hatch into fully grown adult dog fleas!
No-one said getting rid of fleas was going to be easy!
Dog fleas are one of the most annoying parasites that will ever find their way into your home.
spend most of their time in your dog's coat but will also take up
residence in your carpets, crevices in your floorboards, underneath
low-lying furniture - in fact, anywhere where it's warm and dark.
Once you're familiar with the life cycle of dog fleas you'll realize that one treatment won't always be enough.
The first treatment may kill off the adult fleas, but you'll also need to continue with further treatments until all eggs, larvae and pupa are either removed or have developed into adult fleas and killed off by a suitable treatment.
Read on to learn how to get rid of fleas in your Cocker's coat and banish them for good!
Begin by bathing your dog; wash him thoroughly, making sure you create lots of soap suds and rub them into all the nooks and crannies.
There are many specialist shampoo treatments for dog fleas available or your vet may recommend one to you.
This is a great way of getting rid of fleas because they can't get a grip on the hair and they literally drown in the watery soap suds!
Don't rinse his coat at this stage as it's time to use a flea comb.
Using a flea comb, (not a normal comb, it won't work) comb through your dog's wet, soapy coat, section by section to remove any remaining fleas or eggs.
(You may see some of the fleas coming up to the top of your Cocker Spaniel's coat.)
Keep a separate bowl of soapy water nearby and dip the comb into the bowl after combing each section to clean the comb and 'drown' the fleas.
When you've finished combing your Spaniel it's time to rinse off the shampoo.
If you choose to shampoo his coat a second time (or the manufacturer's recommend it) don't forget to comb it again as you may find more fleas.
Rinse your Spaniel's several times to make sure all trace of soap is removed, otherwise it could cause itching or skin problems.
Dry him off, taking particular care to dry behind his ears, his 'armpits', and under his tail; these are places where dog fleas love to feed. If parts of his coat are left damp, these moist areas may encourage the fleas to lay more eggs.
I'm sure we all agree that getting rid of fleas isn't easy and once you've managed it, the last thing you want is for them to return.
You can help to avoid a repeat infestation by applying a monthly flea treatment to your Spaniel. Some will only kill adult fleas, but other treatments are available to kill fleas as well as preventing any further development of the eggs, larvae and pupa.
You can pick up many effective flea treatments either on-line or in good pet stores. Alternatively, your vet may prescribe something for you or you can ask him about natural flea control if you prefer a more holistic approach.
After treating your dog for fleas, you'll probably continue to see a few adult fleas as the immature forms continue to develop (unless you've used a treatment that halts this development).
Continue bathing your boy and using the flea comb until you're certain that there are no more dog fleas or eggs present.
Once you've managed to get rid of your dog's fleas, it's best to continue checking his coat and keep a watchful eye open for tell-tale scratching. You can always check more thoroughly each time you groom your Cocker Spaniel.
Continue using the preventative flea control each month to help keep him clear.
Getting rid of fleas on your dog is only the first step.
You'll also want to be certain that you get rid of any dog fleas living in your home and prevent them from re-infesting your pet! Learn how to banish those pesky parasites from your home...for good!
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