Everyone hates flea bites, and with good reason, but what can be done about them?
Let's face it. Owning animals means taking on the battle of killing fleas, and fleas outnumber us bazillions to one!
Fleas are nasty, little, external parasites that feed off of your Golden Retriever's blood supply, and also off of ours, if given the chance.
Flea bites on humans are a nuisance and depending on the person they bite, the intensity of the itching will vary according to the person's skin type.
But they are more than just a nuisance to your Golden Retriever. Fleas on dogs cause tapeworm, and many dogs are sensitive and/or allergic to their saliva.
This can cause severe itching, hair loss, rash, inflammation, and secondary skin infections.
Fortunately, a lot can be done and killing fleas is much easier than you may think.
If you are wondering, what fleas look like, I have a few pictures of them that will help give you an idea of what you are watching for.
Since they are so tiny and very fast, many people do not know what they actually look like.
How to treat the flea bite will depend upon if it is you that gets bit, your dog, and how severe his reaction is to the bite.
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Fortunately, there are very fast, simple, and effective ways to keep these parasites off of your dog.
If you have a young puppy that has fleas, he will need to be treated differently and more carefully than an older pup or adult dog is.
But what about your house, your baseboards, the carpet?
Surprisingly, there is a simple two-step process to keep fleas out of the house and off of you.
Most people try to kill off the adult flea without realizing that this is no help, as you have to stop the complete life cycle of fleas to keep them out of your home.
Flea bombs and foggers and all of those products only target the adult flea and will not do very much in truly breaking the cycle and preventing the return of fleas.
As you learn more about these pests, you will see that it really is possible and surprisingly simple to finally get rid of fleas!