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How to Prevent Pet Fleas

Summer Is Coming And So Are The Fleas. Fleas not only cause intense irritation to your dog, they can also transmit other nasty diseases such as tapeworm. Ensuring your dog is living in a clean environment is the most important aspect of keeping him flea-free this summer.

Understanding the life of the flea is important if you are to successfully keep them away from your pet and your home. An adult female can lay one egg per hour for every hour of her life (usually three months). Fleas thrive in heat and humidity and are most active in summer and autumn.

You can prevent fleas indoors by vacuuming your home thoroughly and frequently, paying close attention to corners, cracks and crevices. Dispose of vacuum cleaner bags conscientiously, as adult fleas can escape and relay. Keeping fleas away in the first place is far easier than trying to eradicate the presence of existing fleas. This is worth remembering.
If your dog has been infested with fleas already you should remove fleas by using a fine-toothed comb, and drop the fleas into soapy water to drown them.

Wash your dog's pet bedding in hot, soapy water weekly; this is the most likely site for flea eggs and larvae to thrive.
Trim shrubbery and keep grass short to increase sunlight, as flea larvae cannot survive in hot, dry areas. Remove piles of debris in areas close to your home.

Bathe your dog weekly if possible. If bathing is not an option, speak to your vet about other means of cleaning your dog.
Watch your dog for the tell-tale signs of flea trouble which include:
excessive scratching and biting especially around the tail and lower back
“flea debris” (black, granular dried blood)
fleas themselves on the skin
possibly raw patches where the animal has been biting and scratching himself.

Talk to your veterinarian about various treatments for your flea-plagued pet: a flea repellent such as FRONTLINE, applied monthly to the skin is usually very effective; a monthly pill that prevents fleas from reproducing but doesn’t kill adult fleas; and multipurpose products that prevent flea reproduction and control heartworms, hookworms, whipworms and roundworms. Also consider flea collars and flea powders.

Look into chemical flea-treatment products to apply by hand around the environment in spray or powder form. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation on the best product and how to use it.
Be diligent in your exterminating efforts. A flea pupa while in the cocoon is impervious to treatment and can live for eight months without feeding.
Veterinarians are skeptical of homemade flea remedies such as garlic, vinegar, vitamin C and kelp.
Call on a professional exterminator for severe indoor and outdoor infestations.
Be very careful with all insecticides to be used on pets or around your home. Read directions carefully.
Never apply a flea product to a cat or kitten unless it is labeled as safe for cats. Cats are very sensitive to insecticides.


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