Preventative measures for fleas are key to a happy and peaceful relationship with your dog, cat, or pet. The first tip is to use medicated drops on a regular basis, most are monthly - follow the directions of the medication along with advice from your local veterinarian.
Another preventative measure is to avoid contact with stray animals and wildlife. If you are going camping, consider keeping your pet on a leash, avoid grassy less trafficked paths and consider using a flea collar and other medications during your camping trips.
If your pet is unfortunate to contract and infestation of fleas, it is recommended to keep him or her separated from the rest of your pets and family, so as not to spread the fleas throughout your home and family.
Remember, that fleas can jump up to 13 inches and therefore you do not have to come in contact with a flea infested pet or host. You simply need a pulse, heat, and carbon dioxide. The fleas can sense the host and will jump to reach the host for a more favourable habitat and food.
When cleaning your pet, whether weekly or monthly, consider using a preventive flea shampoo. This will add another measure of protection by killing any fleas that may have infested the pet if the collar or drops lost their effectiveness.
Regularly clean the bedding, clothes, blankets, and toys. Also, keep a flea collar in the vacuum bag and empty the vacuum bag immediately after vacuuming if any fleas are suspected or present.
The flea life cycle is disrupted when temperature drops below 70 degree F and or excessive drops in humidity occur. So a careful cold wash of the pet’s bedding or leaving the articles outside during the freezing cold can help keep a potential flea infestation at in check as long as other measures are used.
Preventative measures can help avoid rashes and irritation for your pets. Most importantly, it helps keep viruses, plagues, and other diseases out of your home, keeping both your pets and your family safe and healthy.
It is easier to prevent fleas than it is to get rid of an infestation. It can take up to 6 months to remove a flea infestation completely as different stages of the flea life cycle can persist in different hidden areas of the home and pets environment, avoiding the reach of the vacuum or other physical and chemical measure to exterminate them. If you suspect a flea infestation, contact your local veterinarian and work out a professional plan of prevention or extermination immediately. The longer you wait, the more difficult the problem can become.
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