So Fido's got fleas. Nasty little jumping bugs that bite your dog and jump between him, other pets, and even you! While fleas do not live on people, they can certainly jump on you and bite, which is not very pleasant. Any animals in your home can easily share fleas, which will live and crawl around on their fur and bite your pet to obtain the blood meals they require. These bites and the incessant crawling of the fleas are itchy, and bites cause sores that dogs lick and scratch and can become infected. Besides that, your dog's constant scratching can be annoying!
If your dog has fleas you will want to do something about this as soon as possible to prevent getting fleas all over your home, your other pets, and you! Part of the strategy to eradicate fleas involves bathing the infected dog. There are a few options for bathing your dog, and other precautions you should take in addition to solve your flea problem.
Be careful with flea shampoos to avoid eyes and mouth of your dog when shampooing.
Rinse carefully and thoroughly to remove residue.
Bathing may need to be repeated in several days.
Be sure to read instructions on commercial products as the dosage varies depending on the dog, and the process may vary from product to product.
Flea shampoos can cause allergic reactions, watch your dog carefully after shampooing.
Take precautions to remove fleas from the environment to prevent recontamination.
Treatment with flea collars or medication is also usually recommended to ensure all fleas are eradicated.