A flea infestation on your pooch is not pleasant for you or your pup. A flea dip is a quick fix, but it will not eliminate the problem. The next step is to remove the fleas from your home and make sure your pooch has flea protection.
Put on a pair of disposable gloves before you begin. Shampoo your dog before applying the flea dip. Flea dips work best if your dog is clean. Begin by shampooing at the neck and work down to the tail. Shampooing will cause the fleas to look for higher ground, so begin high and avoid getting the shampoo in your doggie's eyes. Rinse him well. Always use tepid water -- not too cold or hot. Towel off the excess water.
Mix the pyrethrin dip with tepid water according to the directions. Pyrethrin dips are natural products made from chrysanthemum plants. Pyrethrin is used to control a number of insects, including fleas. Flea dips containing pyrethrin are available at your pet store or from your veterinary clinic.
Sponge the flea dip solution onto your dog, beginning at the head and working it into the fur. Be careful not to get the solution in your pet's eyes, nose and ears. As you sponge on the solution, comb the fur in the opposite direction with a flea comb. This will help you see if there are any eggs you can loosen. Continue sponging on the dip and working towards the tail. Make sure you sponge the belly and armpits. Once you cover the whole body, go back and do it again.
Remove the dog from the water and let him air dry. Do not rinse off the dip solution. You can towel off the excess water.
Clean up the bathing area. This is a good time to see how many fleas exited your dog and assess the situation. You may want to treat your home by using a defogger, vacuuming and washing your entire pup's bedding, including your own.
Repeat the dip in seven days, if suggested on the directions. Start protecting your pet daily with a spot flea application or a flea collar. Your veterinarian can suggest an effective flea product.
- If your dog is small, you can actually dip him into the solution. Keep his head out of the water.
- Dilute the flea dip product as directed. Never use it in its concentrated form.
Pauline Gill is a retired teacher with more than 25 years of experience teaching English to high school students. She holds a bachelor's degree in language arts and a Master of Education degree. Gill is also an award-winning fiction author.