Flea Q & A – Frequently asked questions about dog fleas

Unfortunately all dogs will have either  worms, ticks or fleas at some stage in their life. Many owners think that if their pooch contracts fleas that it’s their fault and that maybe they weren’t providing a clean environment for their pet. Our Favour team would like to put all those dog-loving minds at rest. We’ve listed some of the most common queries about fleas and provided some tips for you to help prevent, treat and defend against those pesky mites!

How do I know if it’s fleas?

If you find your pooch constantly scratching or biting their rear end or tail take a closer look for dry skin. Little black specks found on the skin may indicate flea faeces. To be sure remove one of the dark specks and place on a tissue paper. When dripped with water faeces will turn pink indicating the blood that is present and that your pooch has fleas. If you are in any doubt please visit your veterinarian who will be able to diagnose your little friend then and there.

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How did my dog get fleas?

Firstly – don’t blame yourself! Canny fleas can come into contact with your pooch in many different ways. Other animals, wild or tame, can be carriers of fleas and ticks. Humans themselves can be carriers of fleas from another’s home or pet. Pet owners who love the countryside and long walks qualify as great carriers for fleas who will latch onto your trouser leg, sock or shoe. Even a visit to the vet can open up your four legged friend to a whole world of fleas. In short, it’s tremendously difficult to prevent fleas without using preventative treatments.

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Does it hurt my pooch?

Flea bites can be itchy and painful if not treated quickly. Some pets can develop an allergy to fleas which will result in patchy hair loss, red skin or scabs in the affected areas. The more aware you are to your pet’s changes in behaviour the quicker you can get to work towards the treatment of these fleas in order to ease your doggie’s distress.

How do I treat fleas?

Effective flea treatment will involve the treatment of your dog and your home. Vacuum your home thoroughly focussing on shady areas such as underneath the sofa and below the curtains. Hoovering you home can remove up to 50% of flea eggs so when you’ve finished hovering please dispose of the hoover bag safely and away from your home. Wash cushions and bedding materials on a high temperature wash with detergent in order to kill fleas. To kill any remaining adult fleas in your household you may want to purchase a product that contains an adulticide and an insect growth regulator, often found in powder or spray form for easy application.

Now that you’ve treated your home it’s time to treat your four legged friend.

Thankfully there are a number of good effective products available, for our full range of flea products please get in touch – please always follow the instructions on pack.

If you have any concerns please contact your local veterinarian.

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How do I prevent fleas?

It is a universal fact that prevention is better than cure. Use an effective flea treatment all year round in order to ensure the best protection. Most treatments can be applied at the back of the neck and between the shoulders, each treatment provides protection against fleas for up to 8 weeks and protects from ticks by up to 4 weeks.

Also try investing in a flea collar which will provide protection for up to five months without the need for topical lotions and potions.

Daily grooming is another great way of preventing the dreaded “F” word. Use a fine tooth comb and if you do come across any fleas remove them appropriately and drown them in some water mixed with soap.

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How to train your Dog! Dog Training tips, techniques and advice

PART I

Our Favour team believe that only you are the best person qualified to train your pooch. Not only will it strengthen your relationship but it will help your hound adhere to the rules of your home and family. Here’s a few pointers to guide you when training your four legged friend :

  • First things first – always reward good behaviour! Clever owners will make sure to have some tasty treats on hand as well as a gentle and encouraging tone of voice in order to comfort and reward your pooch whilst dog training. Remember that sometimes a little cuddle and an ear rub can act as a great substitute for a foodie treat.
  • Walking on a leash, lead or with muzzle – Never let the dog walk you! Walk in front of your dog at all times. Keep a short leash so that your pooch does not feel the need to dart ahead. Although you may feel a tad weird, talk to your pooch slowly and reassuringly to let them know you are there and that you are in control. You must make sure that the leash or muzzle is not too tight and that you are not pulling hard on the leash in order to restrict your doggies breathing. Don’t adopt a rapid pace in the early stages – slow and steady until you are sure you are fully in control. If you find he is following you steadily and obediently, slip him a little treat by his side or a gentle “good boy” to let him know he is doing well.

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  • Toilet training – This section is aimed at those cute little bundle of joy puppies who create their own little “bundles” in the most inconvenient areas! Most puppies can be reasonably house trained by 4 or 6 months but it can still take them a little time to develop bowel and bladder control. Try to keep your puppy on a daily feeding schedule to help regulate his movements. Unlike cats and their litter trays you will need to keep a closer eye on puppies in order to let them outside. Signs that your puppy needs the loo will include pacing, whining, barking or scratching the external door. When he does his business make sure to reward him well so that he knows how obedient he is being. If your puppy makes a mistake do not reprimand him too strongly, use a loud noise to indicate your dissatisfaction so that he will associate this with the inappropriate behaviour. Time is the best remedy for this exercise, the more he is rewarded for his toilet obedience the better trained he will be. Always make sure to feed your dog a well balanced diet which will ensure regular and and healthy movements.

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  • Teaching your dog his/her name – So you’ve spent hours and hours coming up with the perfect name for your perfect little pooch but how do you train her to respond to her new title? Whether its Goofy, Spot, Scooby or Marley it’s the same old tricks that are needed in order to make your pet familiar with her name. When cuddling your pooch always mention their name in a soft and caring tone. When you feed them or greet them coming in from work use their name the same would you would a human being. If your pooch responds to their name, reward them with a little treat to let them associate the sound of the word with nice things. If your four legged darling has done something bold do not use their name as a reprimand (they will have negative association with the name if hearing it while being punished or used in a strong or sharp tone).
  • Feeding – We at Favour have built our reputation around providing a healthy and balanced diet for pets. When feeding our puppy range to pooches please make sure that you read the instructions and provide plenty of fresh drinking water. Puppies can be weaned onto Puppy food from three to four weeks of age. For the first few feeds, the product should be soaked thoroughly in lukewarm (not boiling) water. Puppies will need a total of 30-50g of food per kg of body weight per day and this should be divided into a number of daily feeds. Very young puppies need four to five feeds per day. From four months of age this can be reduced to two or three feeds per day up to 12 months of age. Keep food easily accessible and if you find that your puppy is off her food please notify your local veterinarian of any concerns.
  • Car training – overtaking sickness, securing seat belts and regular pit stops! It is natural for dogs to have concerns when they experience a car for the first time. Let’s face it, it’s not the most natural of places for these animals to be, often for lengthy journeys. Introduce your car to you dog slowly and when the engine is off and the car is immobile. Draw open all the doors and allow her to lie inside making sure there is a comfy pillow or blanket inside so she can associate these smells in future. It is best to sit in the car at the same time with your pooch in order to encourage comfort and confidence. If you feel that the dog is calm then you may start the engine but remain still and maybe a little later take a short drive up the avenue. The key here is slow and short journeys until your dog builds up confidence in the car. Please also use a doggie seatbelt to ensure the safety of your pooch and other passengers. For longer journeys take hourly breaks for exercise and fresh water as your pooch will feel the heat more than you.

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In the next few weeks we will be posting Part II of this blog which will deal with :

Sit! Stay! Come! Paw! – Teaching your dog the basics

Hounds out of bounds –  Outlining the boundaries of your house

Excessive Barking – How to control your pooch’s barking

New Dog, Old Tricks – Basic tricks for your pup

Favour Pets foods is a family run pet food business who have been making dog and cat food for over 33 years, with extensive production and warehouse facilities based in Randalstown, Co.Antrim, Northern Ireland. Favour Pet Foods offers a range of complete dog and cat food in a variety of bag sizes, as well as huge selection of treats, snacks, healthcare products, wild bird food and seasonal lines.

For further enquiries, please Contact Us