Fleas are a major nuisance. They irritate your cat or dog, they can infest humans and other animals, and they pose health risks. Flea bites transmit tapeworms and cause flea allergy dermatitis, one of the most common allergies in pets. They also cause hair loss and pets may develop secondary irritation or infections from excessive scratching. Certain steps help prevent flea infestations before they occur. When they strike, deal with them efficiently and effectively. Here are (5) ways to protect your pet/s:
1. Apply a spot-on product in isolated spots, as directed. The medication spreads over your pet’s body via oil on the skin. Many of these products, including Advantage II, PetArmor, and Frontline Plus, kill and repel fleas for several weeks with a single use.
2. Strap on a flea collar. Flea collars repel and kill fleas. These products must make contact with your pet’s skin. Make sure you can insert two fingers between the collar and your pet’s neck. Snip off any extra length so your cat or dog doesn’t chew on it.
3. Give your pet an oral medication. Oral anti-flea medications like Capstar help keep cats and dogs free of flea infestations with once-monthly use. They also don't involve potentially hazardous applications like topical products.
4. Bathe your pet with a medicated shampoo. Shampoos that kill and repel fleas are a cost-effective option for protecting pets. However, they don’t generally last as long as other products, so reapplication may be necessary every week or two.
5. Keep your house clean. Regularly vacuum all carpets in the house. During infestations, vacuum daily, getting in all corners and around the baseboards. Dispose of the vacuum bag outside. Vacuum the car, too, even if your pet hasn’t been in it; you may transport fleas there yourself. Clean your cat or dog’s bedding and toys every day in hot, soapy water.