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Flea Season Is Coming: Tips & Tricks To Avoid Fleas

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 , 0 comments

Spring in California also means it’s flea season for Spot. The easiest way to prevent fleas is to start prevention early. Here are some tips for making sure your pup makes it through this flea season without the itching, bites and skin irritation from those pesky fleas. Early prevention Keep your house cleaned and vacuumed and your lawn mowed. This will keep eggs and larva from having a chance to develop in areas where you pet likes to hang out. Also consider prevention products such as flea sprays/powder, topical flea treatments and flea shampoos. Check for fleas even if Spot isn’t scratching yet Visible adult fleas make up only 5% of the flea population, the rest hide in the form of eggs, larvae and pupae. Give your pup frequent brushings to help spread their natural protective oils and also give you a chance to check for fleas in all stages of development. Using a fleas comb is the best way to check a pet for fleas. Avoid problem areas The space under the porch or behind the shrubs are all places where fleas love to lurk. Now’s a good time to start teaching your pup not to enter those areas or to make a barrier to prevent access. Also, check with your city to make sure your local dog park has a good flea prevention system in place. Indications of fleas Besides the itching and irritated skin there are a couple other things to look out for. Flea feces, also known as “flea dirt,” might be found on your pet’s fur and dissolves into brownish blood when it gets wet. Flea eggs, white ovals the size of table-salt crystals, might also start to appear on your pet’s coat. Once you’ve seen these then it’s time to consider other treatment options. Treatment options Once your pet has fleas it’s time to start getting rid of them. Grooming is your best and safest option with either a flea bath at our salon or using a flea shampoo at home. Topical applications also help with flea issues. Peppermint oil and clove extract can be used on dogs and cats while tea tree oil can be used safely on dogs but never with cats. There are also pills and topical treatments like Frontline that can be used. Last resort options Products such as adulticides should be your last option. While they work quickly they also contain chemicals that are harmful to humans and can cause chemical burns to pets if used improperly. Insect Growth Regulators (IGR) don’t kill fleas directly but it does kill eggs and larvae. Insect Development Inhibitors (IDR) stop the larvae from maturing. Always consult your vet before starting a treatment program and never give a cat flea treatments meant for dogs and vice versa. Follow these steps and enjoy a flea free flea season!

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