When Your Dog Needs a Flea Bath
It’s never a great start to the day if you find a flea (or multiple fleas) on your dog, but how do you know if they need a flea bath right then and there? If you find one or two fleas on your dog, and they are on some sort of flea control, you may not have to treat them with a flea bath.
When you spot a flea on your dog, the first thing you should do is check their fur and bedding thoroughly; this is the best way to get an understanding of how bad the flea infestation is. In addition to fleas, you should look for flea dirt (small black specks left by fleas).
How do you know if it’s flea dirt or not? Put them on a damp paper towel; if the specks are flea dirt, they will turn rust-colored.
To search for fleas in your dog’s fur, you can either use a flea comb or part their coat section by section to look at their skin. Fleas are typically found at the base of their tail and their lower back; if you find more fleas, it’s time to give your dog a flea bath and get rid of them for good.
What You Need to Make a Flea Bath for Dogs
Here’s what you’ll need to get ready before giving your dog a flea bath:
- A source of water (faucets or hoses)
- A basin (bathtub or sink)
- A towel
- Flea shampoo
- Lubricant for your dog’s eyes
The first thing you need to get is a dependable flea shampoo. If you’re not sure which one is best for your dog, you can ask your vet for recommendations. Make sure to always read the bottle! You want the flea shampoo you choose to be specifically for dogs (if you have a puppy, check that it is suitable for young dogs). It’s also important to check the ingredients to be sure that none of them are an allergen for your pup.
Getting mineral oil or an eye lubricant for your dog’s eye is important when using flea shampoo; it will help protect them from the chemicals that kill the fleas on their coat. It’s a good idea to protect their eyes anytime you bathe your dog, but it’s essential for flea baths since the shampoo is much harsher. Wearing gloves can protect you from the chemicals which may cause dry skin or minor irritation.