Imagine you are hugging and playing with one of your Bichon Frise dogs. Then, all of a sudden you notice small grains of what appears to be dirt and realize those are fleas?
Fleas are blood-sucking insects that feed both on humans and animals. Aside from draining your dog’s blood and causing severe irritation, they can also cause internal worms once they are eaten by your dog. In general, these little creatures can cause health hazard and should be therefore controlled at all times, if not eliminated.
To check whether your Bichon Frise dog is a victim of fleas, simply purchase a flea comb from the nearest pet supply store and run it through your dog’s coat. When your flea comb pulls up what appears to be dirt, take those particles and place them on a paper towel. Drop a little water on top of it and once it turns into a red color, then you can now be sure, what you have discovered is flea excrement.
No problem is impossible to solve as long as you’re handling it properly. There are definitely a lot of ways to handle flea problems. All you need to do is to find out what works best for you. How large the infestation, the number of pets you have in the house and what parts of the house are flea nesting areas are some of the things to consider when choosing for your flea fighting tools.
Now that you’ve found out the existence of fleas, what will you do? Go and talk to your veterinarian immediately. Give as much information as you can so that he can give you recommendation on the appropriate approach for you to use in dealing with this flea issue. Try to use natural methods instead of spraying chemicals throughout your home and on your dogs. These natural methods include using menthol, garlic and eucalyptus.
If in case you decided to choose standard shampoos and sprays, use it cautiously when applying them to your dog. Do not spray or squeeze these products near your dog’s facial area and the underbelly near the scrotum. These areas are very sensitive areas of your dog’s body and allergic reactions could be very real possibility.
One more thing that you’re going to ask your veterinarian is the possibility of using flea tablets or power. These products may not necessarily kill all the fleas but will sterilize them to prevent their reproduction. These products are not nearly as toxic and is safer compared to other shampoos and sprays designed to kill parasites in the area.
Following the above mentioned tips will not hurt either you or your dog, and will result in flea-free Bichon Frise dogs that you always want around.
by Richard Cussons