How to get rid of a Flea Infestation

Fleas and Ticks may be tiny, but they can cause huge problems for your Pet

Fleas:

  • Can cause: Flea allergy dermatitis (itching), anemia, tapeworm disease, blood diseases
  • Adult fleas spend most of their time on an animal, but flea eggs, larvae, and pupae are most often found in the pet’s environment. For every flea you see on your pet, there are likely to be hundreds of eggs and larvae in your home and yard.

Proper Flea Control:

  1. Environment
    1. Vacuum thoroughly daily in high traffic areas or where your pet sleeps and 1-2 times weekly in other areas. Each time seal the vacuum bag and discard it immediately. For bagless vacuums, place a flea collar in the canister or vacuum up some flea powder before emptying the canister.
    2. Wash your pet’s bedding or blankets weekly.
    3. Don’t forget to clean and vacuum your automobile, pet crate or carrier, or any other place your pet spends much time.
    4. Make your yard less appealing by cutting grass short and eliminating brush piles. Cover outdoor crawl spaces and garbage cans to deter wildlife that may carry fleas.
  2. Your Pet
    1. Topicals are generally applied to the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades every 4 weeks. These are more effective and easier to use than environmental sprays or bombs. Frontline Shield is available through our online pharmacy and is safe and effective. Some products such as Hartz, BioSpot, and Sentry are generally ineffective and can be potentially toxic to your pet.
    2. Oral NexGard or NexGard Plus is a once a month chewable available to dogs. NexGard kills fleas and ticks, prevents infestations by killing fleas before they can lay eggs. NexGard Plus also prevent heartworm disease.
    3. NexGard Combo is a topical option available to cats. NexGard Combo kills fleas and ticks and prevents heartworm disease.