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Take a Bite out of Fleas This Season

 

***ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN BEFORE USING ANY PRODUCT***

 

 

Fighting fleas can be a nightmare! Not only are these pests a nuisance, they can be difficult to eliminate completely.  In addition to treating the animal, you must also deal with the environment. This means treating both the inside and outside of your home. With persistence, however, you can win the fight.

 

Treating the Animal:

Your veterinarian’s office offers a variety of products to help fight flea infestation in both dogs and cats. Different medications are more effective on some animals than others and they should always be given under the direction of your veterinarian (many times, flea medication that is effective for dogs, can be toxic to cats!) Most clinics carry the following flea medications:

Cats: Capstar, *Revolution, Activyl, *Comfortis and Cheristin

Dogs: Capstar, **Trifexis,* Comfortis, Activyl and *Bravecto

*Requires and exam prior to medication being prescribed

** Must have negative heartworm test prior to being prescribed

 

Treating the Environment:

While there are many products on the market that can treat fleas, Diatomaceous Earth is effective and affordable. Be advised, there are many types of Diatomaceous Earth; you will want to purchase a food grade variety with a concentration of 90% or greater. This product is inexpensive, can be easily found in stores and is safe for both humans and pets. If you are unable to locate food grade Diatomaceous Earth, a less costly alternative is Borax.

Steps to take when treating the environment:

1. Give all of your carpets a brush with a stiff bristle broom and then a thorough vacuum.

2. Sprinkle the powder onto the carpets and wherever else fleas are usually found (this includes indoor AND outdoor areas.

3. Diatomaceous Earth must be dry to work so make sure to turn off your sprinklers.

4. Because this is a powder, you may want to consider wearing a mask when you sprinkle this product and turn off all fans.

5. Leave the product out for 12 hours before vacuuming up.

6. DO NOT use this product directly on your pets.

 

Retreating the Environment:

Since flea eggs hatch after about a 2-14 days of being laid by female fleas, it is recommended that you repeat this process once a week for a total of 3-4 weeks.

 

***ALWAYS CONSULT WITH YOUR VETERINARIAN BEFORE USING ANY PRODUCT***

The information contained in this article is for general informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the advice of a trained professional. Always consult a veterinarian regarding any health questions or concerns regarding your pets.