Fleas!

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Flea season has arrived! As the weather warms, fleas become a bigger problem. Did you know, there are over 2000 species of fleas, and females can lay up to 20-50 eggs a day? With such a large flea population, your pets are bound to pick up a few fleas from time to time.

Prevent your home and pet from becoming infested by using some simple steps. Always remember to keep you pet current on flea preventatives, such as Frontline Plus or Advantage. Flea preventative should be applied monthly to avoid a flea infestation. To decide which flea preventative to buy, keep in mind that Frontline protects against ticks and fleas while Advantage only protects against fleas. When choosing a flea product, make sure to buy only veterinary recommended products. If topical flea preventatives aren’t keeping your pet flea-free, then schedule an appointment to see the vet. There are many other methods to curb flea problems that your vet can prescribe.

Once a flea infestation occurs, there are a few methods to rid your home and pets of these unwelcome pests.

-For starters, make sure that all pets in the household are current on flea preventative, including indoor only pets. Keep in mind that indoor only pets can get fleas from indoor/outdoor pets or even a single visit from an animal with fleas.

-Products such as Flea Busters can be used to kill fleas. Simply sprinkle powder onto carpet and let sit for 15 minutes. Then vacuum up remaining powder. The residue left behind is toxic to fleas and will help reduce the flea population.

-Make sure to wash all pet bedding initially. Then continue vacuum and wash pet bedding on a regular basis to kill any newly hatched flea offspring. Vibrations such as vacuuming will encourage flea pupae to hatch which may allow them to be vacuumed up or allow for them to come in contact with the flea buster residue. Flea pupae that do not receive the proper stimuli for hatching may stay dormant for as long as a few weeks up to a few months.

Fleas that are not removed or killed will remain on their host for their lifetime, which may be as long 4 months, and will allow a female flea to lay as many as 2000 eggs. If your pet ends up facing a flea problem and cannot be resolved with over-the-counter flea preventative, call to make an appointment at (858) 759-8797 and our vets can help fix the problem.

your pet ends up facing a flea problem and cannot be resolved with over-the-counter flea preventative, call to make an appointment at (858) 759-8797 and our vets can help fix the problem.