They bite at your dog and prove themselves to be quite a nuisance. They’re part of the reason dogs stop what they’re doing and bite at a part of their bodies. I am talking of course about fleas. To be specific, dog fleas are a kind of parasite, similar to the one that afflicts our feline friends as well. They feed on the blood of our dogs. Some common signs to determine if your dog is an unwilling host for fleas include “flea dirt” (droppings) in their coats, eggs on your dog or where they sleep, dermatitis caused by an allergic reaction, an excessive amount of scratching or biting at the skin, hair loss, and only in the most extreme cases of infestation, tapeworms.
But the good news is that fleas are for the most part treatable. One way is with chemical treatments like Capstar, an oral tablet that kills about 90% of fleas within four hours following your dog’s ingestion of it. However, the more traditional, chemical free way to remedy your canine’s flea problem is through the various anti-flea shampoos that can be found at most pet stores. Ovitrol Plus Flea and Tick Shampoo for Pets is a great shampoo that works on both dogs and cats and treats the double whammy of fleas and ticks on both of those pets. Natural Chemistry DeFlea Ready to Use Flea & Tick Shampoo for Dogs and Cats is a good alternative that contains no pyrethrins or permethrins, ingredients found in many other anti-flea shampoos.