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How to Get Rid of Fleas on Dogs

Get those fleas to flee your scene with these easy-to-follow tips.


  • : Always consult a veterinarian or professional before administering medication to an animal or beginning a new treatment program.
  • Step 1: Use a topical or oral treatment Treat the animal that is carrying the fleas using a topical adulticide or an oral medication.
  • Step 2: Use other topical methods Use other topical methods, such as shampoos, sprays, dips, powders, or collars. Many of these will kill fleas on contact and may provide protection for up to a few days.
  • TIP: Bathe your pet often fleas' life cycles are 3 to 4 weeks long.
  • Step 3: Treat the enviroment Treat your pet’s environment completely by vacuuming thoroughly, washing pet bedding weekly, and disinfecting hard surfaces.
  • TIP: If your pet is outside, make sure you treat your yard with an insecticide. Follow instructions carefully, and don’t hesitate to talk to a professional.
  • Step 4: Comb your pet Comb your furry friend with a flea comb to catch flea newcomers.
  • Step 5: Treat other animals Treat any other animals in the household, even if you didn’t see fleas on them.
  • Step 6: Keep your pet clean Take care of your pet by keeping them clean and avoid a nasty flea problem in the future.
  • FACT: During the middle ages in Europe, flea-infested rats transmitted the plague to millions of people.

You Will Need

  • Topical adulticide or oral medication
  • Flea shampoo
  • Flea spray or dip
  • Flea powder
  • Flea collar
  • Vacuum
  • Disinfectant
  • Flea comb
  • Insecticide (optional)

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