This past summer one of my good friends adopted a beautiful German Shepherd puppy. The problem with buying dogs from people on the Internet though, is that sometimes the sellers don’t tell the whole truth. A prime example of this is when you’re on your way back from an hour and a half drive from picking up the dog and you discover that it’s covered in more fleas than you can ever imagine, despite the original owner saying it was flea-free.
The worst part about finding fleas is that if you’ve found one, there are probably hundreds of eggs and larvae lurking elsewhere. They can also jump up to 3.9 feet, which turns them into an indoor infestation quickly. Infestations are not only difficult to get rid of, but they can cause harm to your pets and family through possible allergic reactions.
I am allergic to fleas myself, so whenever my dogs catch a stray flea from outside, it’s imperative for me to act quickly.
When trying to get rid of fleas, it’s important to treat the source first: your pet. To do this, you should buy a flea comb and some flea killing shampoo. For puppies and kittens, you should wash them with Dawn dishwashing soap because the chemicals in flea killing shampoo may harm an animal that young. Fleas cannot cling and survive in soapy substances. It may take a few baths, but it’s crucial to bathe and comb your pet till they’re all gone to prevent further infestation. Second, you should remove fleas from your indoor environment. Do this by washing your curtains, clothes, linens (including pet linens), and also by vacuuming all surfaces. Third, pets need to be treated. Pets can be treated with anti-flea gel sold at your local pet supply store or veterinary office. And lastly, call your local and friendly exterminating service company, 855bugs.com to treat your outdoor and indoor environment for full infestation termination.