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Keeping Your Pet Flea-Free

Have you noticed your pet itching a lot lately? Do you know or suspect that your four-legged pal has fleas? These disgusting little parasites aren’t just an itchy nuisance: they can transmit dangerous viruses and other parasites. Read on as a Dublin, CA vet offers some helpful tips on keeping your pet flea-free.

Parasite Control

When it comes to fighting fleas, preventative care is your first—and best—weapon. There is a wide variety of products to choose from, such as sprays, collars, powders, and shampoos. Topical drops, as you may know, are one of the most popular ones. When applying flea products, be sure to follow the instructions to the letter. Also, if your pet has fleas, don’t double up on products: this could expose your four-legged pal to dangerous levels of chemicals. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Vacuuming

Did you know that vacuuming regularly is one of the best things you can do to keep your home flea-free? If you’re fighting an infestation, we recommend that you vacuum daily for at least a few weeks. Otherwise, do high-traffic areas and your pet’s favorite lounging spots daily, and follow up with more thorough cleanings once a week. As soon as you finish vacuuming, dump the bag or canister contents into a plastic bag, then immediately seal the bag and take it outside for disposal. This will help prevent re-infestation. If you have a dog, and you like to take your canine buddy on car rides, vacuum your vehicle as well.

Laundry

Wash your furry friend’s bedding regularly, using unscented detergent and the hottest cycles you have. Also, don’t leave clothes or towels on the floor. Fleas love to nest in piles of clothing!

Landscaping Tricks

Did you know that fleas love to lurk in tall grasses? Simply keeping your yard neatly mowed can help control flea numbers on your property. Removing yard debris, such as dead branches, will help as well. Fleas love shady areas, so you may also want to trim back overhanging trees to let more sunlight into your yard. Last but not least, if you have a garden or fruit trees, pick up any fallen produce around your home, as it can attract wild animals that carry fleas.

Please contact us, your local Dublin, CA pet hospital, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are always happy to help!

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