What Not To Do If Your Dog Has Fleas
If your pet has been scratching a lot, if you have noticed tiny black dots on your pet's skin, or if you have seen a flea jumping around on your dog's bedding, then there is a good chance that your dog has fleas. Some pet owners don't really know how to deal with this situation, but these are a few things that you should not do if your dog has fleas.
Ignore the Problem
Some people assume that it's normal for dogs to have a few fleas. They might not think that it's a very big deal and might put off doing anything about it. However, it's important to know that a flea infestation can be a very big deal. For one thing, it can make your dog very uncomfortable; if you think about how uncomfortable you would be if you were covered in biting insects, then you might see why handling the problem promptly is important. Additionally, pets that have fleas can cause a flea infestation in your home. They can also get very sick or they can even die.
Using Too Many Flea Products
On the flip side, some pet owners panic when they see that their dogs have fleas and then attempt to do anything and everything that they can about it. You might be tempted to head to the local pet store and load up on every flea collar, powder, shampoo and pill that you can find. Even though this might seem like a good idea, the truth is that some products can be unsafe for some dogs. For example, if your dog is a puppy or is very small, some products might be too strong. Using too many flea products together can cause a bad reaction, and not following the instructions and not using these products as directed can be dangerous as well.
Instead, consider taking your pet to the veterinary clinic. Your vet can help you determine if your pet does, in fact, have fleas and can provide guidance about which products you should and should not use. You may be able to have your pet professionally groomed at your vet clinic to get rid of fleas and to make its coat shine. Then, your vet might send you home with medication and other products that can help you both get rid of any lingering fleas and help you prevent a flea infestation from being a problem later.