New research by scientists at Newcastle University has discovered that dog food can help to eradicate fleas, ticks and other pests from dog waste.
The research was published in the journal Veterinary Microbiology and Immunology.
The research is part of Newcastle University’s Pet Food Research and Development Program, which aims to improve dog health through research and development of new foods, products and procedures to improve animal health.
Dr. Simon Gomes, an associate professor in the School of Veterinary Science and director of the Newcastle University Pet Food and Food Safety Research Unit, said that fleas can be eradicated by a combination of washing and handwashing, and using a flea repellent such as Cauliflower Oil.
He said that when fleas are found in dog food it is important to ensure that the food is not contaminated with fleas or other insects.
Dr Gomes said that although some fleas will eat food in the first few weeks after purchase, the majority will eventually die off and are no longer considered a problem.
“It’s important to remember that it is a gradual process and we need to work together to eradicate them as quickly as possible,” he said.
“For example, a product with a high salt content, like dog food containing salt may be effective, but it may take some time to remove the bugs.”
Other fleas may be difficult to remove from the food.
Dr Games said that while most fleas in dog foods can be eliminated, some bugs can also be killed.
The research also shows that the fleas that survive are much more resistant to antibiotics.
Other food products that can be used as flea deterrents include dog food with high-sodium, high-calcium, or high-fiber content.