How to get rid of fleas for dogs with sensitive skin

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Fleas are annoying pests for dogs, and if your pet has sensitive skin, getting rid of fleas may seem an undefeatable task since stronger products are more effective.

Fleas are annoying pests for dogs, and if your pet has sensitive skin,

getting rid of fleas may seem an undefeatable task since stronger products are more effective.

Most flea products such as dips, sprays, powders, and collars containing harsh chemicals will aggravate sensitive skin conditions on your dog. This makes controlling the fleas and preventing a skin reaction difficult. The fleas must go, though, because more than likely the fleas are irritating your dog’s skin as much as the harsh chemicals in flea products.

In most instances, using over the counter products are effective, but it is a good idea to consult your veterinarian for the best prevention of fleas with your dog’s sensitive skin. Your dog may have a reaction to the fleabite itself requiring further testing and medications. Tests may be considered necessary to find out what exactly your pet is allergic to, and your pet may need a prescription ointment or conditioner for the skin. Before using “any” flea control product, check with your vet first. Even the mildest forms of flea products can cause a skin reaction. Closely watch your pet after using a product and always contact your vet of any persistent skin irritations with certain products.

Today, however, many flea products are manufactured with natural or organic repellents to help prevent skin reactions. When looking for flea control for a dog with sensitive skin, look for a water-based product with synergized or natural pyrethrins for a quick kill and conditioners of aloe and lanolin to prevent skin irritation. You can choose an all-natural flea-repellent consisting of d-limonene citrus, aloe vera, and jojoba oil to add moisture to your pet’s skin.  Natural pyrethrins kill the pests while adding protein for a soft, shiny coat. Additional conditioners of aloe, lanolin, or jojoba absorb into the dog’s skin to smooth dryness or irritation. These flea control products come in easy to apply forms of one-spot fluid drops, oral tablets, sprays, shampoos, and non-bathing solutions to rub into the fur.

Choosing a flea control depends on what is easiest to administer due to your pet’s character and reaction to applying certain regiments or products. Always follow strict instructions when applying or administering products to reduce the risk of a serious reaction or irritation. You don’t want to overmedicate thinking it would be more effective.

Usually, the fleas you see on your pet are only part of the flea problem. Fleas reproduce at a rapid stage. The fleas you see on your pet lay hundreds of eggs, which fall off the pet as it moves about your home. If temperatures are just right, within weeks, you can have an infestation. To prevent reoccurring flea infestations on your pet, you’ll want to take further control of your pet’s environment, heavily covering the areas your pet stays most. When flea-busting your home, frequently dust, sweep, vacuum, and mop all surfaces where the pet has been.

Residual insecticides with an insect growth regulator to kill adult fleas and the eggs are more effective for this purpose. Look for residual insecticides containing Nylar, Methoprene, and Permethrin. When using flea control on the areas your pet stays, allow a day or so before your pet returns to those areas. Outdoor control may take a stronger flea product. This may seem effortless since fleas will burrow deep into the ground to avoid the killing agents only to resurface when the chemical effect has passed. Keep in mind spraying your yard will at least temporarily help the problem during the time you are flea-busting.

Since your dog has sensitive skin requiring the use of milder products, it may take a couple of weeks to see the results of controlling the fleas. Also, fleas become immune to the agents in repellents and insecticides, so you may need to change or rotate different products periodically. Don’t get frustrated with your efforts to control a flea problem. Just remember the most important factor is eliminating the fleas while maintaining your pet’s skin condition.