how can i tell if my dog still has fleas she had a bad infestation when she was a puppy but i thot i had got rid of them but i found one caught in her brush ARE THEY BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOW DO I GET RID OF THEM HELP
Brush through her with a fine tooth comb. If there are fleas in then yes, she does have them. You can also take the comb and spread her hair apart. Check her skin. Is it red, itchy, fleabitten or has fleas? You can wash her in a flea and tick shampoo if the flea infestation is mild. But if it is severe, call your vet and ask to schedule a flea-dip.
Also, vacuum then steam clean your house...Everywhere. Even where your dog doesn't go. Wash everyone's sheets. Wash her bed and stuffed toys. Wash everything, and boil your brushes in boiling water on the stove to kill the fleas.
The AKC says: What Are Fleas? "Fleas are tiny wingless insects that feed on dogs, among other animals. Flea bites make some dogs, who are allergic to the flea saliva, so miserable that they bite and scratch themselves raw. Other dogs do not seem to respond to flea bites with the same intensity. No matter. If you see evidence of fleas on your dog, it is essential to eradicate them as quickly as possible, before their population grows. Hungry fleas sometimes bite humans, too, leaving small, red, itchy bumps most commonly observed on the wrists and ankles. How can you tell if your dog has fleas? You may actually see the dark fleas, about the size of sesame seeds, scurrying about on the skin. Their favorite haunts include the base of the ears and the rump. Look closely in sparsely haired places like the groin for telltale signs. A more accurate way to diagnose fleas, however, when live ones aren't observed, is to part the fur in several places and look for tiny black specks about the size of poppy seeds. These specks are flea feces, composed of digested blood. If you're not sure whether you're looking at "flea dirt" or just plain dirt, place it on a damp piece of white tissue. After a minute or so, a small red spot or halo will become apparent if it's flea feces, since the blood rehydrates and diffuses into the tissue. Getting rid of fleas on your dog. The flea comb is a handy item which helps you determine if your dog has fleas. The teeth are set very close together and snare flea evidence when the comb is drawn through the dog's coat. If you trap a flea, crush it immediately. Though wingless, fleas can jump so fast and so far that they practically disappear the second you see them. Getting rid of fleas entails killing them on the dog as well in the environment. For this, you may need an armament of products best purchased from a veterinarian... There are many products on the market today that help eradicate fleas – some contain poisons and others are homeopathic in nature. Dog owners should always be aware of the fact that they need to be constantly vigilant of their animals health and well-being when any form of medical treatment is being administered for whatever reason. It is necessary to treat not only a dog for fleas, but also the environment in which it lives. If sprays or flea bombs are used, care should be taken to remove all food, exposed dishes, utensils and housewares from the area being sprayed or bombed. Humans and animals should also not be exposed to the chemicals according to the instructions listed with the spray or bomb. In your home. “As for your home, flea bombs set off in each room or living area is an effective way to kill fleas. Premise sprays can also be applied throughout the house. Thorough vacuuming before home treatment is recommended; discard the vacuum clean bag once this job is finished. It is important to treat all areas where the dog has traveled, since flea eggs may be present on the floor or furniture. In desperate situations, a yard or kennel spray may be necessary to kill outside fleas. In your environment. You must understand that just killing fleas on your dog is not enough to prevent the infestation from repeating itself. The environment must also be treated, as well as any other dogs or cats that live in the household. Also, flea eggs may survive several weeks after live adults have been eliminated. Repeat treatments may be necessary. Fortunately, in many parts of the United States, freezing weather goes a long way toward putting an end to outside fleas. In temperate areas, the flea battle may rage year-round. Sometimes it's best to consult a professional exterminator if the infestation in your house is severe."
There is a great product called DeFlea, it's all natural and you spray it on your pets to kill the fleas, ticks and mites. You can also use it on furniture and carpets. It is a wonderful product. I don't have a steam cleaner, and I only have wood floors with big rugs, and I spray it everywhere, when I change my sheets, I even spray it on matresses for dust mites. I love it! You could treat your yard also!