April 2, 2018
Pomskies are small, little lump of wools who are considered to be one of the cutest dog breeds on the planet. They are not for guarding or hunting purpose; they are fancy dog breeds appropriate for apartments and inside living.
They are so cute and fluffy that you will instantly fall in love when you see one. This new breed of dog is catching the attention of dog dads and moms around the globe.
However, Pomskies, due to their heavy coating, attracts their biggest enemies – the fleas. Their thick coating plays host to fleas and once they colonize, they start breeding, slowly infesting your entire house.
So, if you don’t know; Pomskies require a lot of grooming. If you were wondering why your adorable little Pomsky keeps scratching itself all the time, this might be the reason.
The issue with Pomsky is that it shed a lot, probably more than any other dog breed and at a faster rate. So, as an owner, you are required to regularly groom your Pomsky to control the flea and shedding.
How did my Pomsky get Fleas?
Essentially, all kinds of animals are the carriers of fleas. Fleas, in general, are small jumping wingless creatures (insects) that feed on the blood of animals (mammal) and birds. They are known for transmitting diseases in both animals and humans through bites including myxomatosis and plague.
Your Pomsky is at higher risk of attracting fleas due to their furry coats as it helps the tiny insects to hide from the external environment. If your Pomsky is a flea magnet, the only way to stop the infestation is to track down how your Pomsky contracts these bloodsuckers in the first place. Here are four most common ways your Pomsky get fleas.
* Your Pomsky may get fleas from other Animals
Pomskies are social animals. Unlike other dog breeds, they love to socialize with fellow canines. This social nature of your Pomsky is one of the biggest reasons why he/she is infested with fleas.
The most likely way your little Pomsky come in contact with fleas is via exposure from other animals. As said earlier, fleas can’t fly, but they sure can jump.
But don’t you get fooled by thinking only other dogs are the carriers of fleas. Yes, they are but to an extent. The majority of them come from animals like;
- And other small rodents
So, you have to check on these animals hovering over your neighborhood.
* Your Pomsky may get fleas from your Home
Fleas are capable of hitchhiking from place to place. It is not difficult for them to enter your house. They can do it anytime without you knowing it. Wild mice are their biggest carriers in the home. They are so disastrous that even a single flea that sticks around can start a nasty infestation.
Your poor Pomsky might never know when and how the fleas got into him. You are also capable of bringing fleas to your indoor environment via your shoes and clothing.
Once in, they will start infesting on your Pomsky.
* Your Pomsky may get fleas from the Dog Facility you visited
As a Pomsky owner, you are obliged to take him/her for regular grooming sessions. Pomskies have a thick coating and no matter how much you trim it down, it grows back quickly.
The dog facilities like doggie daycare, grooming salons, pet boarding, etc include other dogs as well. So, there is always a high risk of flea outbreak in these premises.
* Your Pomsky may get fleas from Outdoors
Fleas are active mostly during the warm and humid weather condition. So, they can survive outdoors for a long period. They lay eggs in cool and shady places like the bushes in your yard.
There is a high probability of your Pomsky getting into those bushes when he is playing outside.
How to get rid of flea on Pomsky–Groom it,Wash it and Clean it
As said earlier, Pomskies shed a lot. Hence, you are required to brush your Pomsky’s coat frequently. Regular brushing will get rid of the moveable fur and removes the fleas. Brushing helps in a way that it helps the dog skin to release the oils to the fur, making the fleas difficult to hold on to its skin.
It is recommended you use a two-sided brush. One side comes with boar bristles that help in removing the ticks and fleas and the other side comes with stainless steel pins having round tips that give your Pomsky a nice massage.
You should consult a veterinary doctor about how often should you wash your Pomsky. Refrain from washing your Pomsky every day as it will increase the shedding. After washing, make sure you blow-dry your Pomsky. Switch your blower to the low-heat setting as it will force the fleas to fly away. Avoid using dish wash soap or liquid detergent as it will make your Pomsky’s skin dry.
If your Pomsky has fleas, you will know instantly as it will scratch and shed more often. You should use a flea and tick shampoo for cleaning your Pomsky’s thick coat.
Point to Note – as Pomskies have a heavy coating, you are required to let the shampoo sit for several minutes. Washing it instantly will not solve the problem. You have to let the shampoo sit for some time before washing it off. It will make sure to work on the fur, making the fleas uncomfortable. You can also use flea powder and spray, given that your vet has prescribed it for your Pomsky.
If you have spotted flea sightings on your Pomsky, there are few things you can do apart from grooming, cleaning, and washing to provide your Pomsky an instant relief.
Fleas are persistent and annoying and they can disturb the pleasant mood of your playful Pomsky. Unfortunately, there no instantaneous ways to remove fleas and ticks from your Pomsky, but there are certain pills and chemicals that can do the trick. You can use Capstar on your Vet’s prescription. It is a tablet taken orally that works within half-an-hour of consumption, killing 90% of the fleas. However, certain chemical spot-on treatments take few days to work and some of them only target either the adults or the eggs, so make sure you get the right one.
How to get rid of flea on Pomsky naturally?
Fleas are small insects that feed on mammal blood. Once they get to stick to your dog’s skin, they become difficult to get rid of. They are attracted towards furry dog breeds and other animals as they provide the warm and humid environment required them to thrive. They can affect the well-being of your Pomsky with the number of diseases they carry. There are numerous chemical treatments available to get rid of fleas on your Pomsky, but there is no guarantee that it will not show any side-effects.
So, the best and the trusted way to make your Pomsky happy and playful again are to use the natural treatment remedies. These natural remedies will make sure that your Pomsky is free of fleas and its health is intact.
#1 Make a Flea Collar for your Pomsky
You can make your Pomsky a flea collar using any essential oil, but lavender oil is preferred in this case. You can also use tea tree oil as well. All you have to do is put few drops of these essential oils in one teaspoon of water. Now, apply this solution to your Pomsky’s collar including his toys, bedding, and toys. The strong aroma and smell of the essential oil will surely keep the fleas at bay, protecting your Pomsky and your house from infestation.
#2 Use Boric Acid Powder
Use Borax or boric acid powder to dust the areas in your home and surroundings getting less exposure to sunlight. Make sure that your Pomsky doesn’t lick it off as it can make them sick. Boric acid will neutralize the flea eggs and dries it out. Another thing to do is to transfer your Pomsky’s bedding to a well-ventilated area where it can get ample sunlight and fresh air. Once you have sprayed boric acid all over the place, you will start seeing the result in a couple of days. The larvae will suffocate to death and the adults will either flew off or die. The important thing to consider is to vacuum the places where you have used borax.
#3 Use Apple Cider Vinegar as Flea-repellent
Apple cider vinegar has its health benefits not only in humans but also in dogs. Apple cider vinegar is significantly rich in enzymes and probiotics and will help your Pomsky in many different ways. You can simply pour one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in your Pomsky’s drinking water and let him drink it throughout the day. Your Pomsky will not only find it tastier but he will stay hydrated and energetic the entire day. Apple cider vinegar works in a way that it makes your dog’s skin slightly acidic, making the fleas on its skin uncomfortable. Apple cider vinegar is excellent for your pup’s skin and it keeps it rejuvenated and free of ticks and fleas.
#4 Wash your Pomsky’s Bedding and use Heat
Wash your pup’s bedding including all the fabric he/she comes in contact with on a daily basis. You will be surprised to see how easily the fleas got removed from your Pomsky and the surroundings. On the other hand, it is important to use hard detergent while washing all your Pomsky stuff as it will kill the eggs and larvae sticking to them. Moreover, use an electric dryer to dry out the fabrics as it is effective in killing the eggs, larvae, and adults. Use the maximum heat of the dryer for drying and you can also use the direct rays of sun if you tend to live in a hot environment.
#5 Periodically Vacuum your House
As Pomskies are indoor pets, they will raid your house in and out all through the day. So, it is necessary that you vacuum your entire house, including every nook and corner to make sure that the fleas aren’t multiplying. It is recommended to vacuum every alternate day for best results. On the other hand, pay special attention to your carpets and rugs as they are the most infected. You can wash your carpets and rugs twice or thrice a month if you feel that your Pomsky is infested with fleas.
#6 Enhance your Pomsky Shampoo
There are several shampoos available in the market that is flea-specific. But, you can easily enhance any dog shampoo for treating fleas in your Pomsky. All you have to do is take ½ cup of normal dog shampoo, mix it with two cups of lukewarm water and ½ cup of lemon juice. Blend this solution in a way that it mixes perfectly and doesn’t form a lather. Put this mixture into an empty shampoo bottle or any other container. Bathe your Pomsky with this homemade shampoo every week. You will start seeing results from the first day itself. The acidity of the lemon juice makes sure that the fleas won’t stay attached to your Pomsky’s skin for that too long.
#7 Use a Flea Comb
A flea comb will not only keep your Pomsky well-groomed but it will also make sure that the fleas aren’t attached to its skin. Make sure you buy a slightly bigger comb with big teeth as it will make it easier to comb through your Pomsky’s heavy and thick coating. The flea combs are particularly made for flea removal and it will comb all the fleas including the larvae and eggs from your Pomsky’s body.
Pomsky is a special kind of dog breed that requires a lot of grooming and attention. If you are a Pomsky owner, you should worry about the fleas it is infested with as the fleas can irritate Pomsky for good. A word of caution – while using essential oils make sure they are not highly concentrated as excess quantity can cause harm to your Pomsky.