Why do bad things—like fleas—happen to good dogs? This is one of the great philosophical problems that has consumed thinkers since the dawn of recorded history. But for whatever reason it happens, removing fleas from your pooch is a technically demanding task that is as much an art as a science. It’s a skill that only takes a few minutes to learn, but often an entire lifetime to master.
Not really. When you’re done reading this article in a few minutes (or less), you’ll know most of what there is to know about the process of flea removal. Here’s how to rescue your favorite fur-ball from being a flea-ball:
- Fill a bowl or container with water, and mix some soap in.
- Put white paper on the floor. It’s white because fleas are black, and the contrast will allow you to easily spot fleas that are combed off of your dog.
- Get a flea comb. Stand your dog on top of the white paper. Comb through the thickest part of their coat. If any fleas come off, immediately submerge them in the soap water (to drown them).
- Be sure to comb through all of your dog’s fur, going over each spot at least a couple of times (especially the hind legs, which are a popular flea hang-out).
- After combing out all the fleas you can, get flea shampoo (there are many brands available) and follow the directions, giving your dog a nice bath.
Following up the flea-combing with a flea-shampoo bath is a one-two punch that should ensure that your dog is flee-free for the foreseeable future.
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