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Don't join the Flea Circus!
Did you know that fleas can suck up to 15 times their body weight in blood every day? Fleas are nasty little bugs that like to hang out on wildlife and sometimes our pets. What can we do to help our little pet friends rid themselves of these nasty little critters? It's a good idea to educate yourself regarding how they come to live with you and your pets.
How does your pet get fleas?
Well, think of every stray cat, dog, or wild animal that comes into your pets’ environment as a "salt shaker". Every time they wander through they are dropping eggs into the environment and your pet is picking them up and bringing them into your home where they hatch out and become an infestation.
Oh no, fleas! Now what do I do?
Once your pet has fleas there are 3 key factors you need to remember when getting rid of your furry friend's visitors.
- Treat your pet to kill off these pesky bugs.
- Treat the environment they occupy to avoid eggs hatching out new fleas.
- Make sure to apply a preventative to your pet to avoid reinfestation.
There are many different products on the market for fleas. The key is talking to us about which products would fit you and your pet’s needs. Treating the environment is just as important as treating your pets because a female flea can lay around 50 eggs. If you treat your pet, those eggs will hatch out and take up residency in your carpet or furniture. After eggs mature and become adult fleas then a new female flea will lay more eggs creating what seems like a never ending flea infestation. There are some things you can do right now to help with your home, vacuuming and washing bedding, or other places your pets like to spend their time will get those unhatched eggs out of the environment before they end up hatching out. Preventing fleas is key. Start your pets on a preventative now to save the trouble of trying to get rid of them later! Current products on the market not only kill fleas already on your pet, but have growth regulators that prevent eggs from hatching. These products must be reapplied or given every month in order to keep working.
Call us if you have questions about fleas or flea control.
Whitney Gilbert, RVT, animal lover, flea hater
Abilene Animal Hospital, P.A.