Dog fleas above all, even if sometimes he also "lends" them to cats and humans: they are scientifically called Ctenocephalides canis and are commonly thought of as annoying, stubborn, and inappropriate. They "stick" to the back dog fleas, they feed on its blood, damaging and weakening it. But chasing them and, even better, preventing them is possible.
Although the period of dog fleas it is not winter, because they usually prefer the warm season, today due to how heated and humid our homes are, they are considered very likely invasion of dog fleas indoors even in the middle of winter. Let's not get caught unprepared. We learn to recognize them and to fight them, with classic and non-classical remedies.
Dog fleas: how to recognize them
In adulthood the dog fleas they choose their companion animal to feed by attaching themselves to it for an indefinite time and pursuing it from the first bite onwards. The first bite of a flea is never forgotten, and we will see it with quite pleasant symptoms.
They can be recognized by the itching they cause and to understand if a dog is infested with fleas you have to check the hair, you should find a dark red or brown halo in the most sheltered and hairiest points. The inner thigh, for example, or the back, or the head. If not the redness, you can trace the droppings left by dog fleas: small black dots, like pepper.
Dog fleas: symptoms
The primary and most recognizable and unquestionable symptom of the presence of dog fleas is itching. That is not due to the presence of the flea itself but technically it is an allergic reaction to it saliva of the flea with which this parasite has stung our dog. For this reason, since it is an allergy, the symptoms, or rather, the intensity of the symptoms, varies from dog to dog according to its sensitivity.
The animal caught by a flea begins to scratch itself up to dog flea allergy dermatitis which then causes hair loss and skin lesions. The most affected areas are the lumbo-sacral one, at the base of the tail, or the inner one of the thighs, groin and abdomen, and neck. The dog will lick itself continuously.
He may lose his hair due to rubbing up to showing even extensive excoriations that become infected with bacteria and fungi and give rise to the formation of pus and crusts. All for a mat, allow it, flea. It is good to understand how to prevent this or how to block the effects before they degenerate into something much larger than dog fleas.
Dog fleas: remedies
Against dog fleas, people are usually advised to use classic pesticides, available in pharmacies and pet shops. There are all types and for each application method, the most common are vials, sprays, shampoo and collars.
The vials, also called pipettes, are applied to the base of the neck and should protect the dog for a month. They are vials SpotOn single-dose, it is necessary that the dog does not lick the place where we used them because they are poisonous and because it would cancel their effect.
This remedy is "tip" and protects the whole dog for a month. I use these and I am very happy with them. Just write down the deadline and don't forget it. From March onwards, even April, we leave to cover the whole summer season, stopping when the weather is less than dog fleas.
A classic alternative is lo Flea Spray but it must be placed on the entire surface of the dog. Apart from the inconvenience, because not all dogs are willing to accept this application, it is also dangerous to sprinkle the hair all with a substance that is still poisonous. Go explain to the dog that he shouldn't lick himself.
There toxicity of sprays it can also involve us who must protect ourselves while using it. Less harmful is the shampoo, but it has the same defect as the spray by extension of application so we stay in contact with this substance for a long time and the dog too.
This danger does not exist with the Flea collar which works by gradually releasing a substance that repels fleas. In this case, however, it is the dog that can give problems by being allergic not only to the bite of the dog fleas but also of the collar that should drive them out. An infinite circle.
The problem of allergic reactions in animals to the classic products against dog fleas it is not a marginal problem, which is why there are not a few who try natural remedies. Here I have suggested a few, but there are several and you can try them. In these cases, at most it doesn't work but they are substances that do not harm the animal, at most they have no effect. It is worth trying.
Dog fleas: do they attach themselves to humans?
They can also attach themselves to humans, the dog fleas, as well as the cat. If this happens, they bite us and cause very strong and annoying irritations, which last, on average, about two days.
The areas where they can hit us are arms and legs, with a multiple, close and flat bite. We too, like dogs, at dog fleas we react in an allergic way, thus feeling an itch, mild or intense, followed by a red halo.
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