An animal that is itchy due to fleabites has a tendency to be either irritable or antsy. I have seen aggression, excitability, and chewing problems reduced just by the elimination of the flea problem. These poor, itchy dogs also have trouble following commands and cause their owners some sleep deprivation due to nightly scratching, chewing and licking.
The Willamette Valley is a prime breeding ground for fleas. Our climate (amount of rainfall and reasonable temperature) is conducive to their survival, as is most of the world. The flea’s purpose in life is to keep populations in balance by feeding on the weak. Those who possess weakened immune systems have more fleas and do not survive. According to the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC article FLEAS: THE LETHAL LEAPERS. “the flea dates back millions of years.”
The structure of the flea’s body enhances its chance of surviving on fur-bearing animals. Its flat body helps it move through the fur with little difficulty. Its external skeleton, protects it from the teeth and claws of its host, and has small combs and bristles to give the flea the extra clinging power. The flea has a life cycle that involves 4 different stages of development. The egg, larva, pupa and adult flea are the different stages of flea development. It is the adult flea stage that most people see. The other stages do not feed on our animals and usually live in your carpet and yard.
So how do we eradicate this tiny invincible creature?
I do not believe it is possible to wipe the flea off the face of the earth. Nor do I think it would be wise to try. It is here for a reason. Without them the balance that exists within the environment would be threatened. On the other hand I have no desire to have them living in my home or on my pets. Fleas can and should be controlled.
If your pet is not on a nutritious food, its immune system will not be receiving enough nutrients to help it control fleas on its own. A weak immune system will encourage more fleas to be attracted to your pet. You need to work on nutrition before flea season arrives. It will take a minimum of 6 weeks to see results due to dietary changes. Continue to use a nutritious diet throughout the year to maintain a healthy immune system.
Try adding one of these to your dog’s food
Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics – Get a formula manufacture for dogs. Add it to your dog’s food to increase the nutrients your can is getting out of its food.
Vinegar – Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to the dog’s food. This helps to make the skin unattractive to pests.
Vitamin C – This vitamin acts as an antihistamine. You can use about 250mg. per day.
Evening Primrose Oil – When the flea bites your dog it injects saliva under the dog’s skin to keep the blood from clotting. The dog’s body recognizes the saliva as a foreign substance and sends negative prostaglandins to the site. This causes the itch. Evening Primrose oil stimulates the production of positive prostaglandins to relieve the itch. Give one capsule daily.
The safest Flea Control Product
Flea Go – This is a Boric Acid Powder that is applied to all carpet and upholstered surfaces. I use it in my garage. It dehydrates the flea as opposed to poisoning them.
For more flea control information, speak with someone at your favorite veterinary office or if you want an alternative approach visit The Healthy Pet, at 2777 Friendly St, Eugene Or. Their phone number is 343-3411.
When dealing with poisons, read all instructions and warnings first. Should your animal accidentally be poisoned, consult your Veterinarian immediately. If you cannot visit a veterinarian, call the Animal Poison Control Center.
Duplaix, Nicole. “Fleas: The Lethal Leapers”. National Geographic May 1988