Fleas are one of the most common issues our furry friends face. These nasty little parasites can make both Fido and Fluffy super itchy! They can also carry dangerous diseases, and transmit other parasites. Read on as a local Bucks County, PA vet lists some things you can do to win the war against fleas.
Make sure to keep up with your pet’s parasite control products. There are many different products available today. Topical drops are the most popular, as they are very effective and easy to use, and don’t make a mess. However, you can also use sprays, shampoos, or collars. Just be sure to follow all instructions carefully. If you are battling a flea infestation, don’t double up on products: this could expose your pet to dangerous levels of chemicals! Ask your vet for specific recommendations.
Vacuuming regularly is one of the best things you can do to keep fleas out of your home. The vacuum will capture live fleas, as well as eggs and larvae. As soon as you finish, you’ll need to empty the canister into a plastic bag, then immediately seal it and take it outdoors. If you have multiple pets, or a large house with several carpeted rooms, consider investing in a robotic vacuum, which will do the work for you.
Did you know that trimming back overhanging branches can help keep fleas out of your yard? Fleas don’t like sunlight: like most evil villains, they prefer to lurk in the shadows, so letting more light into your yard will help repel them. Keeping your lawn neatly mowed will also be beneficial, as fleas like to lurk in tall grasses. Also, be sure to pick up debris piles, such as fallen leaves or branches, as these things make inviting habitats. If you have fruit trees or a garden, pick up any fallen produce, as it can attract wild animals that carry fleas.
While pesticides can of course be very effective in treating fleas, you want to be sure to only pick products that are safe for pets. Your furry pal could get sick just by walking through a recently treated patch, and then licking his or her paws! Ask your vet and/or a professional landscaper for recommendations.
Does your pet need veterinary care? Contact us, your Bucks County, PA animal clinic, today!