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So, Fido's got fleas. These nasty little jumping bugs 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, including both commercial and homemade dog shampoo for fleas. There are other necessary precautions you should take as you work through this situation to solve your pup's flea problem and cause as little stress to your furry buddy as possible.
Consider a homemade oatmeal shampoo for dogs to give Fido relief from the incessant itch. In regards to oatmeal, the most common homemade dog shampoo recipe is simple, yet effective. Take one cup of oatmeal and grind it in your food processor. After transferring the oatmeal to a bowl, add a half cup of baking soda and mix into a quart of warm water. Apply the concoction to your wet dog and let him relax as it soaks in. Rinse well and then gently towel dry. This will soothe the itch. Then you can move on to step two, using commercial vet-recommended shampoo, or try a homemade one.
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.
Some dogs will experience a toxic reaction to essential oils; never apply the oils at full strength and discuss their use with the vet before trying them.
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.