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How to Keep Fleas Off Yorkshire Terriers

    Preventive Care    July 1, 2014

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Yorkshire terriers are short and have long, curly hair. These characteristics make them easy target for fleas during a walk outdoors. Their long hair makes it hard to detect fleas right away. That’s why it is vital to look for the parasites to prevent an infestation.

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The first step is to look at the Yorkshire terrier at least once a day for indicators of flea dirt. These are small black spots that are flea feces. You do this by gently pulling the fur to one side to see the skin underneath it. You should check the head, back and the stomach.

The coat of the Yorkie must be combed to check for fleas or remove anything that might be hiding. When the coat is dry, run the flea comb through the fur. You should begin at the head and move to the back and legs. The process ends at the stomach, where the fleas will move during the grooming. After a few strokes, release the fleas into a dish of soapy water. This will drown the fleas.

You should also give the Yorkshire terrier a bath with a shampoo that is formulated to kill fleas. Some brands of dish soap can also be used. You should wet your dog down to saturate the fur and then scrub the shampoo in. Do this beginning with the head, down to the back and legs and finishing at the stomach.

The next step is to clean its bedding after the shampooing. The bedding should be washed several times a week to kill the fleas as well as the eggs that are just waiting to hatch. The house should also be vacuumed to catch the fleas in the house. The filter bag must be thrown away or wash it with soapy water to kill eggs.

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