Fleas can make pets miserably itchy, and can also transmit other parasites, and can carry dangerous diseases, such as typhus. Actually, they’re considered one of the main culprits for the Black Plague, which wiped out between a third and a half of Europe’s population. Making sure that your furry pal is protected from these bloodsucking little monsters is crucial to keeping them happy, healthy, and comfy. A Saginaw, MI vet offers some tips on how to do this in this article.
It’s probably not much of a surprise to find that parasite control products are the best defense here. There are several options to choose from. Oral products and topical drops are likely the most popular, as they are both effective and simple to use. You can also use shampoos or flea collars. However, we would only recommend getting these products through your vet or a vet-approved online retailer. Keep in mind that some pets are very sensitive to chemicals. Greyhounds, for instance, are extremely sensitive to chemicals. Ask your vet for more information.
Your vacuum cleaner is also a powerful weapon in the fight against fleas. It’s a good idea to vacuum high-traffic areas daily, and follow that up with more thorough cleanings once a week or so. If your furry pal is infested, you’ll need to ramp things up a bit and vacuum daily. Dump the canister contents into a plastic bag, and then seal it and immediately take it outdoors.
Fleas like to burrow down and make nests. Keeping laundry off the floor can also help keep fleas away. We would also recommend cleaning window sills and doorjambs regularly.
There are also things you can do around your house and yard to make it less appealing to fleas. (Bonus: these methods also help keep ticks away.) Keeping the grass neatly trimmed will help, as fleas love to lurk in tall grasses. You’ll also want to pick up debris, such as fallen branches. If you have trees or bushes around your house, trim them back so the branches don’t touch your walls or windows. We’d also recommend picking up fallen produce, as it can attract animals that carry fleas and ticks, like deer and rodents.
Do you have questions about parasite control? Don’t hesitate to reach out. As your Saginaw, MI veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!