Does my pet have fleas?
Some pets won't notice flea bites, some pets will experience slight irritation, and others will experience severe itching, red lesions, hair loss, and even ulcers. The severe lesions are a sign of flea allergy dermatitis. A large number of fleas can cause anemia, especially in puppies or kittens.
The best way to determine if your pet has fleas is to find the adult fleas on the animal. Use a flea comb
to detect fleas around the hindquarters and the head of the pet. Also examine these areas for "flea dirt" which is the feces that a female flea will deposit along with the eggs.
My pet has fleas!
Getting control of your flea problem will require a three-pronged attack. You'll want to treat your home, your outdoor pet area and your pet.
Indoor flea control
involves your vacuum. You must vacuum daily, especially in high traffic areas. Be sure to enclose your vacuum bag in a plastic bag and discard immediately. Use carpet powders, foggers in large open areas, and sprays on your baseboards, moldings, cracks and under furniture where foggers can't reach.
Wash your pet's bedding weekly and treat the area with an adulticide and an insect growth regulator. Be sure to clean and treat all areas where your pet spends time: the car, the pet carrier, the garage, etc.
Outdoor flea control
involves your rake. Fleas like warm, moist, shady places so rake away any leaves, straw and grass clippings. Treat your yard and kennels regularly with an insecticide spray or wash.
Flea control on your pet
will involve your patience. Topicals are easiest to use, last the longest and are applied monthly. Sprays are available in either aerosol or pumps, powders are easy to apply but messy. Another option is a dip or shampoo. Collars can be effective if applied properly. And don't overlook the flea comb. It is the best method for sick, pregnant or infant pets.
I don't want to see another flea!
The best flea control will always be prevention. Regular and consistent use of repellants indoors, outdoors and on your pet will reduce the risk of recurring problems. Keep your guard up!
Products to help you fight back:
K9 Advantix II
Zodiac SPOT ON Groomer's Pack
bioSPOT Defense Spot-On for Dogs
bioSPOT Defense Spot-On for Cats
Indoor and Outdoor Insecticides
Zodiac FleaTrol Carpet Spray
Mycodex Plus Environmental Control
Siphotrol Plus II Premise Spray
Adams Plus Yard Spray
Dips / Powders / Sprays / Collars
Adams Flea & Tick Mist with IGR
Adams Pyrethrin Dip
Adams Flea & Tick Collar
Seresto Flea & Tick Collar
Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo
Adams Room Fogger
Zodiac FleaTrol Fogger
The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of a qualified veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical attention.
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