The Beagle dog and fleas: what to do about the problem?

Question:

"I have a beagle dog named Charlie. I have a Beagle with a name called Charlie and I have a dog named Beagle Charlie.

What dietary changes do you recommend to help strengthen my dog's immune system against fleas? Are there any dietary supplements that can help my doggie fight fleas?"

Veterinary answer:

"Hi! First of all, I completely understand your frustration. Unfortunately, the flea problem is a common and stubborn problem in dogs, especially during warm periods.

Before prescribing dietary changes, I would like to stress that diet alone will not eliminate fleas.

It is also important to treat your dog's environment with flea control products. This includes your bed, your car, your yard and any other area where your dog spends time.

As for diet, there is no proven research that dietary changes directly affect a dog's resistance to fleas.

However, maintaining the immune health of the dog is always important and we can support this through diet.

Omega-3 fatty acids:

Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for the skin and coat, as well as helping the immune system. They can be obtained from sources such as fish oil or flaxseed.

Vitamins and minerals:

Vitamin B and zinc help maintain healthy skin. However, these supplements should always be given on the advice of your vet as overdosing on them can be dangerous for your dog.

A healthy diet:

Make sure your puppy is getting a balanced and nutritious diet that contains all the nutrients it needs.

The best way to control fleas is to use regular, appropriate flea control products and to clean the environment regularly!

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If the problem persists, you should visit your local vet to discuss further options.

Good luck, and we hope your pooch is rid of those pesky fleas soon!"