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Holistic care for a dog with fleas

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Fleas can be a real problem for many pets and treatment options can be difficult and sometimes too harsh on your dog. If your dog is sensitive to the effects of these tiny, brown pests, you may need to discuss your options for treatment by contacting local Rockford-area veterinarian as listed below or one closest to your home. Some dogs are sensitive to the typical preventative options available but your doctor can help you with some more holistic approaches to caring for your pet.

There may be some things you can do for your dog on your own to ensure good health without fleas. Some ideas for a holistic approach includes:

  • Groom your dog on a regular basis; often. You need to have a flea comb of very fine teeth within your "grooming chest" of tools since this is the easiest way to detect this insect. It is important that you do this as early on in the flea season as possible, right after the frigid winter season. If you find any fleas, dip them in very hot soapy water to kill them and rinse the comb before you continue the process.
  • If you find any fleas, you have to clean your home, wash all bedding and toys, vacuum all carpets, floors, furniture and drapery; cover all areas where your pet takes comfort. Vacuum under furniture and cushions as well! After vacuuming, empty and remove the vacuum bag from the home.
  • Cleaning the home includes the laundry room, garage and basement.
  • Spray your yard to alleviate any of these pests, ticks and other insects that could be a bother for your pet. Take precautions according to directions when using an insecticide on your yard; most often you have to keep your pet away from the treated area until it has dried,
  • Borax products are great in treating your home against fleas, leaving the powder on the carpet for a couple of weeks. The problem is that you need to keep your pet out of treated rooms until you can vacuum it up. Take precautions in using this product since dogs should not inhale it.
  • Some natural, essential oils can repel fleas but will not kill them. It can be an all-natural options that does not harm your pet. Mix 10 to 15 drops on an essential oil like almond oil, lavender or eucalyptus to a gallon of water and spray on your pet, in the home or whereever you want to keep these pests away and let dry.

Speak with your veterinarian for some of the most effective all-natural options for your sensitive pet in order to protect it from the discomforts and medical issues associated with the nasty little flea. This tiny little insect is a huge problem that can be resolved with the proper, healthy preventative measures as approved by your veterinarian.

If you are looking for wholesome, natural and homemade treats for your favorite canine best friend, Led foot’s Pet Bakery near the Rockford area is happy to meet your needs. Check out the website at Ledfoot Bakery. Contact Susan Weitzel at 815 784-6358, Ledfoot Bakery Contact.

If you are seeking Veterinary assistance in the Rockford area, you can check out one of these at - Rockford Vet Clinics, Bellwood Vet, Rockford Veterinarians, Perryville Veterinarian , Cat Veterinarians Specialists

For all your pets needs and accessories in the Rockford area, go to your local PETCO - 6305 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 229-0184 - Petco or your local PETSMART - 6320 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108, (815) 397-7880 - Petsmart -Petland, (815) 332-4200 - Petland

For many of your pet essentials, visit your local Rockford-area CVS pharmacies. There are four convenient locations - 3134 11th Street, Rockford, IL 61109, (815)398-0048 - 110 S Alpine Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 - 3718 Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103, (815)877-9620 - 2454 S. Alpine Rd., Rockford, IL 61108, (815)399-5421 - CVS Pharmacy