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Five Ways to Fight Fleas

Fleas can make your beloved pet itchy and uncomfortable, and they can also carry dangerous diseases, as well as other parasites. If you have a pet, you’ll need to take steps to protect your furry friend from these disgusting parasites. In this article, a Guilford College Area vet offers advice on fighting fleas.

Products

There are many different products available today to keep unwanted trespassers off your furry buddy. Topical drops are very popular, as they are easy to use and very effective. Sprays, powders, shampoos, and sprays are also viable options. Ask your vet for specific product recommendations. When applying flea control products to your pet, always make sure you follow the instructions to the letter!

Vacuum

The vacuum is a formidable weapon in the fight against fleas. Vacuuming your home, furniture, and vehicles regularly will trap both live fleas and their eggs, which will help break their life cycle. If you’re battling a flea infestation, vacuum daily. Always empty the canister, or change the bag, immediately after finishing. Put the debris into a plastic bag, seal it, and take it outside right away.

Yard Work

Did you know that fleas often hide in dead brush? Fallen leaves and branches, woodpiles, and other yard debris can make inviting habitats for unwelcome critters. Fleas also enjoy hiding in tall grasses and moist, shady areas. Keep trees, bushes, and lawns neatly trimmed, and remove any debris. The more sunlight your yard gets, the better!

Grooming

Regularly brushing and/or bathing your pet will help remove fleas and their eggs and larvae. It will also prevent mats and tangles that could otherwise provide nesting spots for fleas. Of course, it will keep your pet’s coat shiny and healthy as well!

Treat the Home

Regular cleaning will help fight fleas, but if you have an active infestation, you may need to go above and beyond normal housekeeping, at least until you’ve banished your unwelcome visitors. Ask your vet for specific recommendations about flea products for the home. Certain plants, such as lavender and catnip, have properties that repel fleas naturally. Adding these to your yard may also help.

Does your furry pal need flea control products? Is your pet due for shots or an examination? Contact us, your local Guilford College Area vet clinic, any time. We are always happy to serve all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.

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