Does your Pomeranian scratch excessively? Excessive scratching or skin itchiness may be a symptom of an allergic reaction from flea bites in your dog. Regular checks for fleas should be a part of caring for your Pomeranian. Flea prevention is preferable to dealing with infestations. Here are some tips on how to keep your Pomeranian flea free.
Pomeranian Flea Prevention
Flea Life Cycle
Fleas are extremely nimble and can leap up to 100 times their height. A flea goes through 4 stages in its lifecycle, from eggs, larvae, pupae to adult. Female fleas lay eggs while on your dog and can produce 40 to 50 eggs a day. Each egg can hatch into larvae within a day and up to a third will grow into adults. The easiest way to kill fleas is when they are at the egg and larvae stage.
Fleas thrive at temperatures between 18 to 27 degrees centigrade, so Pomeranians living in warm, humid climates and environments are particularly vulnerable. Some symptoms to look out for include excessive scratching, hair loss, scabs and flea droppings in your dog’s coat. Your dog may also suffer from anaemia due to blood loss, resulting in pale looking gums.
Checking for fleas
Fleas on Poms are most commonly found on the stomach, the tail and the head. Routinely check your Pomeranian’s coat by parting the hair at the base of his tail with a flea comb and checking for movement. When disturbed, fleas will jump.
Look for tiny, dark spots on your Pom’s skin and coat. They may be ‘flea droppings’. If you find these brown or black spots, remove them with a damp paper towel or some cotton wool. If you see some blood when you squeeze the paper towel, this is an indication of fleas.
Use a flea comb on your Pom and keep his bedding clean by washing it regularly. Give your pet regular baths to keep his coat clean. Vacuum the carpet, the furniture and any other areas your Pom uses. If you have other pets, make sure that your other pets are similarly looked after.
Check the right flea prevention products to use with your vet, as these products vary in strength and effectiveness. Apply these products as recommended. Note that products should be used as intended, for instance, products for use with cats should not be used on your Pom.
Kill fleas in other areas that your Pom uses regularly, such as shady areas in your garden. Non-toxic options are an important consideration when choosing products, as you do not want to introduce risks to both your family or your Pom.
Consult your veterinarian, who can confirm the flea diagnosis and tailor appropriate treatment options to your pet and his environment. Be aware that certain products in combination can be toxic.
Clean your house thoroughly, remembering to pay particular attention to rugs, bedding and upholstery. When vacuuming, dispose of all vacuum bags. If your Pom has a severe infestation, you may need professional assistance. If you are using a pest exterminator, check their credentials and find out what the treatment involves and the types of chemicals that will be used.
Fleas are a fact of life as they are so commonly found in the environment. Protecting your Pomeranian from fleas makes sense, as the alternative is undesirable. Pomeranian flea prevention is predictably a topic of interest to most Pom owners.