If you've seen dog fleas jumping and crawling around in your Cocker Spaniel's coat, I guarantee they'll also be in your home and soft furnishings. But don't worry; there's no need to panic!
You need to understand more about fleas and their life cycle before you can begin to banish these pesky parasites from your pet and your home for good. This FREE online guide to tick and flea control will help you clean up your Cocker Spaniel AND your home.
If you've seen dog fleas hopping around in your Cocker Spaniel's coat, I guarantee they'll also be in your home and soft furnishings. But don't panic!
This FREE guide to tick and flea control will help you banish these pests for good!
Before you begin the task of getting rid of fleas on your dog, it's helpful to understand the flea's life cycle; otherwise, they will just keep on coming!
There are four stages to their life cycle: adult, eggs, larvae, and pupae.
Simply killing the adult fleas isn't enough to get rid of them because even if you kill all the adult fleas, given the right conditions, any eggs already laid will hatch, and any larvae and pupae will continue to grow and 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, habitat, and what you need to do to ensure they're eliminated at all stages.
Of course, getting rid of the fleas on your Cocker Spaniel should be your first priority, but you mustn't stop there.
You will need a systematic approach to breaking the flea's life cycle to stop the adult fleas from breeding and the eggs, larvae and pupa from developing.
So, get rid of fleas on your dog, then treat your home; your dog's bed and bedding, soft furnishings and carpets.
Getting rid of dog fleas on your pet can be tackled relatively easily using a parasite control treatment from your vet or local pet shop.
However, you might prefer a more natural flea control for dogs, which can be just as effective. You'll find plenty of safe home remedies to choose from, but I recommend you check with your vet that the one you choose is suitable for your Cocker Spaniel.
Flea medication must be correctly applied to be fully effective for your pet; otherwise, it will be a waste of your hard-earned cash! And remember, if you find fleas on your dog, you can almost guarantee you'll find fleas in your home too!
So, time to act!
Getting rid of fleas in the house will need a firm plan before you can successfully get rid of these parasites!
This is because where there is evidence of fleas, you will also find immature fleas, eggs, larvae, and pupae in your home (remember the dog flea life cycle?).
You will find these deep in the pile of your carpets, soft furnishings, under the edges of your furniture, and cracks and crevices.
Getting rid of fleas in your carpets will need your special attention.
It may take a little longer if you are to find and eliminate the various forms of this parasite currently lodged in the fibres of your carpets and favourite rugs.
You must continue treating your pet AND home until you're confident they're both clear; only then can you relax!
First of all, let's take a closer look at them, shall we?
Ctenocephalides canis, more commonly known to you and me as the humble dog flea, can undoubtedly 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 tiny that you can't see them in detail.
This is why most dog owners know a flea when they see one but don't actually know what they really look like; they couldn't describe them in any detail.
Follow the link for a closer look at one of these critters; they're not a pretty sight, so you've been warned!
Fleas can cause intense itching and scratching (which can lead to hair loss and infection), tapeworms, anaemia 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 a flea infestation. Once that happens, you'll need to get to work straight away to eliminate them.
Understanding their life cycle and habitat will help you banish your dog's unwanted hitchhikers.
Flea bites are actually puncture wounds that the flea inflicts when it's feeding on your Cocker's blood (or yours, for that matter!).
These wounds appear as red blotches and may become inflamed and/or swollen; they can also 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 and scratch and scratch!
If the bites become infected, they will probably need treatment.
Flea bites on humans or our pets are no joke, as they can, and often do, make our lives miserable!
Dog ticks are another parasite you should be aware of, especially if you walk your Cocker Spaniel through grassy fields and woods.
You may find your dog picks up a couple of these hitchhikers, particularly in the summer months, so you'll need to learn how to manage these little blighters too.
Dog ticks are small crab-like critters that can grow to the size of a small fingernail after they've fed on your dog's blood!
Besides being unpleasant, they can harbour Lyme disease, too, so it's essential to check your pet for ticks after every walk!
Follow the link to learn more about dog ticks:
Stay vigilant; regularly check your pet for ticks and fleas to help keep your dog healthy!
Remember to check your Cocker's coat regularly for evidence of ticks and fleas, such as dried blood, eggs or even the adult fleas themselves.
Also, keep an eye on your dog for tell-tale scratching; always a giveaway!
Grooming your pet weekly will allow you to check your Cocker's coat for parasites and help you spot and treat an infestation before it becomes a problem.
I often take a quick look through Max's coat each evening when he's lying quietly; I stoke him, but I also have a good old root around. It only takes a few minutes, and I can act relatively quickly if I find something lurking!
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