Yorkies as they are so close to the ground and have long curly hair, are an easy target for fleas during a walk or play outside. Since Yorkies generally have a long layer of hair this causes it be tricky to find fleas and other insects quickly, you will need to be persistent while searching to prevent a distressing situation.
Items that are needed
- Flea comb
- Flea Shampoo
- Vacuum cleaner
Step 1. Carefully check your Yorkie’s hair at least once a day to detect any signs of fleas, small black spots that are feces or fleas themselves. Gently open your pet’s fur so you can see the skin; look in the head, back and especially in the stomach.
Step 2. Brush your Yorkie’s fur with a flea comb several times a week to see if it has fleas and remove them if they are in sight. When their coat is dry you must pass the comb through their skin starting with the head, then the back, the legs and ending in the stomach, which is the place to which they move during grooming. When you have passed the comb several times, rinse it in a bowl of soapy water to release fleas and drown.
Step 3. Give your Yorkie a bath with a shampoo formulated to kill fleas; You can buy an organic or chemical one. Some brands of soap can also be used. Moisten your dog completely saturating all fur; Wash it with the shampoo starting with the head, then the back, then the legs and finally the stomach. You should pour the shampoo all over the body, including the glue and let it act for a while following the manufacturer’s instructions. Rinse it with water and then dry it.
Step 4 . Put your Yorkie clean bedding after shampooing it. Your bedding should be washed several times a week to kill fleas that have entered the house with him, as well as eggs that are about to come out. This can prevent new fleas from infesting it.
Step 5. Vacuum the house thoroughly every few days to catch fleas that have entered your pet’s fur. Throw away the bag or empty the container and wash it with hot water and soap to kill the eggs.
Step 6. Keep your Yorkie healthy by giving him a proper diet, exercise and plenty of water. Fleas and other pests seek and feed on sick pets. A dog that is active, fit and eats properly, can discourage fleas from trying an infestation.
Tips: Some completely natural non-toxic herbal sprays such as rosemary and citronella, can be sprayed on the Yorkie’s coat before allowing it to play outside the house. The natural repellent expels fleas before the dog returns home.
How To Get rid of Fleas in Dogs With Home Remedies
Fleas not only drive your Yorkie crazy because of itching, but also lead to infections that can make them sick. They can also cause skin allergies that lead to infection, and the animal can jump on people and spread them. Summer is a particularly favorable time for the attack of these insects, but it needs to be protected throughout the year. Some commercial products contains many chemicals that can be harmful to pets and their owners, but there are many home remedies that work just as well and are not as dangerous.
- Prepare a mixture with 1/3 apple cider vinegar and 2/3 water. Bathe your Yorkie with shampoo and rinse normally, then the solution will spread throughout the body. Remove excess water and dry it with a towel. Your Yorkie will not smell vinegar for a long time, however the fleas that will stay away.
- Feed your Yorkie with small amounts of garlic or pour brewer’s yeast into their food. Some advise not to use garlic, but according to Pourri Pets, garlic is not only good against fleas, but also helps prevent other diseases. Dr. Pitcairn also recommends the use of garlic in his book “Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.”
- Squeeze a lemon cut of up to 8 oz. in water per day. Pour this mixture into a clean plastic spray bottle and sprayyour Yorkie’s hair, if the hair is long it should be brushed. For humans the puppy will smell nice but for fleas the smell will not be pleasant.
- Repel fleas with the scent of lavender. You can add a few drops of lavender oil essence to your Yorkie’s shampoo in the water with which you are going to bathe, being very careful not to drop the essence in your eyes. Mix in an spray bottle eight ounces of water with a few drops of lavender oil and spread it on your Yorkie’s fur, either after bathing or with dry fur every two days.
- Comb your Yorkie with a flea comb. The teeth of those combs are very tight and catch fleas when they pass through the hair. Dip the comb in a bowl with soap and water to remove fleas and continue combing. You can also add a few drops of oil essence to the container.
- To eliminate a severe flea pest, all the liquid in the flea poison container should be poured into your Yorkie’s shampoo and soaped all over the body keeping it up, then let it stand for a few minutes and rinse it well to remove all traces of the liquid.
- Keep your Yorkie clean, combed and healthy. Fleas develop in long, tangled hair that may contain dust, dirt and skin irritation. A regular grooming and care routine helps keep fleas under control.
Tips and warnings
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