How to Get Rid Of Fleas
The first step to getting rid of fleas on your dog or cat is being able to identify there are fleas present. Sometimes you can see the fleas themselves on your pet. Other times, you can only find the “flea dirt” (black specks) on your pet’s coat or on their bedding. Dogs and cats that have fleas can also present with itchy skin which can lead to skin lesions, self mutilation, alopecia (hair loss), and dry, thickened skin. Severe infestations can lead to anemia as well. Regardless of how you realize that your dog or cat is infested with fleas, one thing’s for sure: getting rid of the fleas is important.
Getting rid of fleas can be as easy as starting your pet on a routine flea control program. Your local veterinarian would probably have the best advice on which product would best suit you and your pet. Some products that are well known for getting rid of fleas are: Advantage, Revolution, Frontline, and Comfortis. If these products are too expensive, alternative methods of getting rid of mild flea infestations are flea baths, flea dips, and flea collars. One important thing to remember is that out of the flea’s entire life cycle (egg larva pupa adult), only the adult fleas live on your dog or cat. Therefore, in amore severe infestation, getting rid of your flea problem may require treatment of your home as well as your pet. This could include your carpet, furniture, bedding, etc. One product available for treating the home environment to get rid of fleas is Fleabusters (which contains sodium polyborate). It would probably be best to consult a professional service to see what the treatment would entail.
Once you have gotten rid of the fleas in your home and on your pet, prevention of a future infestation is key. Most importantly, you should be consistently treating your pet with the flea preventative recommended by your veterinarian. This will get rid of any fleas that come in contact with your pet before they have the opportunity to reproduce. As a further precaution, it is a good idea to clean your house regularly (especially the carpet, furniture, and other soft coverings your pet likes to relax on), clean your car as well if your pet spends time in your car, wash your pet’s bedding and soft toys regularly with detergent and warm water, and keep your yard clean as well (including mowing and raking on a regular basis). This may help get rid of potential fleas before they jump on your pet.