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Tip of the Month

3/28/2011 Preparing for Fleas

Itís that time of year again, where the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming. However, spring doesnít just arrive bearing nice weather. This favored season is also accompanied by a pesky parasite that pet owners worldwide have come to dread; fleas. For anyone who has ever experienced a flea infestation, you know that it is extremely difficult and expensive to get rid of, so the best way to deal with the problem is to take preventative measures ahead of time.

One of the most effective ways to prevent a flea problem is by exercising cleanliness. Does your pooch spend half of his time curled up on his favorite dog bed? Will your feline gravitate to a specific living room chair when she is in the mood to snooze? Determine your petís regular haunts and thoroughly clean these areas at least once a week. Fleas will prosper in areas that are ignored, so be sure to pay extra attention to the spots that your pets like the most when you are sanitizing your home.

An important aspect of flea prevention is preventing an infestation in your petís mane. Fleas are a parasite, which means that they bite and drink the blood of their hosts. This process causes pain, inflammation, and itchiness, and will make your dogs and cats miserable, so medicating them before fleas decide to make your palís fur their new home is imperative to their comfort and health.

Regular grooming is something that will assist you in making sure that your pet isnít playing host to fleas. If you do find a flea while brushing your cat or dog, you should bath your pet in flea shampoo and once dry treat them with a flea prevention medication. You should take your pets to see their veterinarian and get the appropriate medicine for flea prevention. You can brush your dogs and cats all you like, but the only thing that will get rid of fleas once you find them is flea control medicine.

There are a lot of options for flea control that you donít have to go to pet grooming school to apply to your animals. You can use prevention pills that you add to your petís food, flea collars that you simply put around your petís neck, or liquid drops that you can place on his or her back to keep the fleas away. Whatever methods you use to keep away the fleas are up to you, depending on both your petís disposition and your budget. Hiring an exterminator to get rid of fleas is more expensive than buying medicine to prevent them, so make sure you take your animals to see the vet and the groomer regularly.

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