Fighting Fleas While Walking Your Dog

"Where do all of these fleas keep coming from?"

Fleas can be a big problem for any dog owner who brings their pets outside. If you take Fido on walks or leave them out in the backyard, you are putting your pooch at risk. Plus when dogs roll around in grass outside or come in contact with other animals, it makes them susceptible to fleas or ticks on a regular basis. Unfortunately, it's nearly impossible to keep your pooch away from other dogs and keeping a dog inside the house for 24 hours a day is just cruel.

The truth is there are probably fleas living on your property. When it comes to outdoor areas, there is almost nowhere that is safe from fleas and ticks. The insects can live in many climates, which is why they are a problem all around the world. Fleas prefer an area that is shady, moist and humid, which are usually places where your dog may try to hang out to stay out of the sun.

Many pet owners know the importance of a regular flea treatment, which is necessary to keep fleas and ticks away, but if you haven't properly guarded your home, it is likely they could strike again.

"Before anything else, preparation is the key to success," said Alexander Graham Bell.

When you live in an area that is known to have fleas, the only way to protect yourself and your home is properly prepare yourself and your pooch. Some pet owners believe that fleas and ticks are only attracted to dirty dogs, however this couldn't be further from the truth. They don't care how dirty or clean your dog is, even though the parasites are notorious for hating water. However, the main reason to keep your dogs clean is to use a shampoo that prevents flea attacks while you can properly inspect your pet for the insect. Most vets recommend that pet owners who have a flea problem in their home should wash all of their bedding and blankets intensely.

Fighting Fleas While You're Outside

You would think that when you're in your backyard that you would be safe from fleas, unfortunately, it's likely that your yard has as many fleas as anywhere else. If you have a grassy backyard with trees, foliage and shrubbery, you likely have a great breeding ground for insects.

According to flea experts, one of the best ways to make sure that fleas are never problem is to make sure they never make it past the larvae stage. Flea larvae cannot survive in areas flooded with water. Thus, an easy way to get rid of fleas from your yard is to flood the grass occasionally. Doing this will not only help cut down on the flea population, but it will also get rid of pet waste, which is a common habitat for larvae to feed on.

Aside from flooding your lawn, there are other ways to combat fleas.

Investing in a Pet Stroller

Today, there are dozens of Pet Strollers on the market to keep Fido happy while he's outside. If you have a flea problem outside your home, a pet stroller is the best way to keep your pooch of the ground while they explore the outdoors. By keeping your pooch in a stroller in at-risk areas, you can greatly reduce the risk of coming in contact with fleas.

Here is a list of some recommended pet strollers for owners who want to put fleas at bay:
  • Double Decker Pet Stroller: The problem with most pet strollers is that they are designed to only carry one pet at a time. The Double Decker is a revolutionary pet stroller that allows you to bring two pets out with the mobile 2-story unit. The easy-to-push stroller also doubles as a portable grooming station.

  • Pet Jogger: They may look funny at first, but the Pet Joggers are the best way to take small or elderly dogs for a run. Just how dogs love sticking their head out a moving window, the smooth ride of a Pet Jogger gets their tails wagging whole you go on an evening run. Mesh windows provide plenty of ventilation and the roomy interior is positioned high enough off the ground where fleas and ticks won't be an issue.

If the cost of flea treatment pills, expensive shampoos and flea collars aren't keeping fleas off your dog then you need to look to other solutions. Fleas can carry dangerous diseases and they can cause your pet serious pain. Exercising your dog indoors and using Pet Strollers to get them fresh air is an option that many pet owners are now considering. The only thing you need to figure out is which color to get.

If you're looking for a pet stroller, but don't know which one is right for your dog, be sure to ask the pet experts at by calling 800-957-5753. The animal lovers are more than happy to answer any questions about any of the pet products that we carry in our catalogue.

By Sean Bowes
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