We all love our furry friends, but while they bring us companionship and love, they can also bring us something rather less welcome: fleas! Fleas are not an easy problem to control, so it is vital that you take the right methods of prevention. Here are 5 top tips that will help keep your pets - and your home - free from these terrible itch-makers!
Tip 1. Grooming
Dogs and cats should be brushed as part of their regular grooming. This is essential, not only to keep their coats healthy and free from loose hair, but to check for flea eggs that may be lurking. While fleas are black and difficult to spot if your pet has dark fur, flea eggs are small and white. This means a thorough but gentle brushing should give you the opportunity to spot them. A fine-toothed flea comb will help to remove the flea eggs if you have observed eggs hiding in your pet's coat.
Tip 2. Get Rid Of Outdoor Pests
It's great to see your pets enjoying the outdoors whilst in the safe vicinity of your home. But if you suspect wild critter activity in your garden, take extra care to keep pets away from them. Find a humane way to repel them, but do repel them, as they can cause serious health problems to your pets, including introducing them to fleas! One foolproof way to get rid of foxes, for example, is to spritz male urine around the garden.
Tip 3. Flea Treatment For Dogs
The right pet medicines are important when it comes to protecting your pet. A good quality flea treatment for dogs will keep your faithful hound free from the nasties, such as fleas, ticks, and lice. Spot-on treatments are also an option if your pet is unwilling to take oral tablets.
Tip 4. Flea Treatment For Cats
Our feline friends can also benefit from quality cat flea treatments. If you do decide to use a spot-on treatment for your cats, make sure you apply the drops to the back of the neck, right beneath the head, so your cat can't lick off the medicine. Make sure you follow the label instructions, and never use canine flea treatments for cats, or vice versa. Spot treatment for dogs can be very dangerous for cats.
Tip 5. Keep Your Home Clean
Vacuum regularly to help reduce the risk of flea infestations in your home. Fleas and their eggs can enter your home on your pet, or even on your own shoes, after being outside. Fleas like warm habitats to reproduce and your pets and carpets are perfectly suited for flea reproduction, so regular vacuuming and, like we suggested in the first tip, regular pet grooming, will help to control them.
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