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Flea Control Tips for Your Pet, Home and Yard

Regularly grooming your dog or cat not only helps you build a better bond, it also gives you a chance to examine their skin and coat for evidence of fleas or ticks. Follow these handy tips to banish fleas and ticks from your home and yard:

  • Not only are fleas annoying, they can cause itching, redness, hair loss, blood loss and even the transmission of tapeworms.
  • Signs that your pet may have fleas include: scratching, patches of missing hair, white specks (flea eggs) or flea “dirt” (black/reddish specks).
  • It’s easiest to spot fleas on your pet’s underside, where there is far less fur.
  • Ticks can be found anywhere on your pet, but are most likely to be found on the ears, face, legs or belly.
  • You can easily examine your pet for fleas by gently combing through their fur with a flea comb, especially near their head, ears, belly and tail.
  • The best defense is a good offense. Consistent, year-round prevention works best to banish fleas and ticks from your home and yard.
  • Always consult with your veterinarian and be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions before using any flea control product on your pet.
  • Never use a product intended for a dog on a cat or vice-versa. Always follow directions carefully and purchase products based on your pet’s age and weight.
  • Help prevent fleas by regularly wash pet bedding, vacuum carpets and treating your home with foggers, sprays or powders.
  • Adult fleas can lay up to 50 eggs per day on your pet, which can end up in carpets, beds and furniture.
  • If you only treat your pet for fleas and ticks, but neglect to treat your home, you could miss more than 90% of the developing flea population.
  • When treating your home for fleas, treat pet areas, which is where most flea eggs and larvae are concentrated.
  • Anemia, tapeworms, Lyme disease and Flea Allergy Dermatitis all can stem from flea infestations.
  • Excessive scratching is a common indicator for Flea Allergy Dermatitis in dogs or cats, which can lead to a more serious secondary infection.
  • When treating outdoor areas for fleas and ticks, focus on areas where your pet hangs out, such as doghouses, decks, along fences and next to foundations.
  • Drop a flea collar in your vacuum bag or canister to kill fleas that are picked up when vacuuming.
  • There are several flea control options available for dogs and cats, including topical treatments, oral prescriptions, shampoos, collars, foggers, powders and sprays.
  • Always observe your pet after a flea treatment for possible reactions, which can include swelling or vomiting.
  • Dogs and cats can develop tapeworms by licking their fur and ingesting fleas that carry the tapeworm larva.