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Spring and Summer are two seasons of unalloyed joy. There is the bright, warm sun and you can swim or hike to your heart's content. There is also a dark side, however. This is the return of the fleas. These creepy parasites cause serious diseases. It is thus extremely important that you keep your dog free of fleas during these seasons. To achieve this, you simply have to adopt the following practices:Spot-on treatments
Even if it may seem that spot-on medications will work solely on a particular spot they will be applied to, they are in reality extremely effective when it comes to covering the entire body of the animal. These drops are introduced through the translocation process, where the oil glands present in the body will spread the medication.The process remains unaffected by swimming, rain or bathing. It will destroy and repel fleas for multiple weeks prior to reapplication. These also functions by interrupting the life cycle of the flea while it works. You should carefully read all the labels before you choose a specific spot-on product. You should select the most appropriate one suited for the size and age of your dog.Oral medications
The usage of oral medications
helps to control serious flea infestations. These should be given with the spot-on treatments. The flea control pills must be given once every month to disrupt the flea life cycle. These medications in the form of tablets do not kill any adult fleas on contact.A few oral medications are flavored to make them easy to administer to the pet. When you give your dog the oral medication, there is also the added bonus of being unconcerned about small children getting in contact with your dog just after you administer the pill, as in the case with the spot-on treatments.Flea collars
Another option is to buy collars which repel the fleas
and kill them. The effectiveness of the collar is dependent on the manner the fleas invade the dog's environment. The collar must make contact with the skin of your dog to transfer chemicals into skin and fur. When you adjust the collar around the neck, ensure there is sufficient room to fit two of your fingers under the collar.If there is any excess collar length, cut it off. If you do not, your dog will chew on it. Watch out for all the classic discomfort signs like excessive scratching. This will help you to ascertain whether there is an allergic reaction to the collar. Do read all instructions before finalizing a collar. It must be age and size appropriate.Flea shampoos
Buy special medicated shampoos which kill ticks and fleas in contact. It is a cheap but labor intensive solution to protect your dog all around the year. The process must be frequently repeated, ideally every two weeks.