Protect Your Pet from Fleas
May 29, 2015 07:32PM
● By Suzi Harkola
When you have children or pets, finding a safe way to get rid of fleas becomes increasingly important. These resilient little guys continue to be a pest, so don’t let your guard down!
If you have ever dealt with fleas and ticks, you understand just how bad they can be. Fleas are not only a nuisance to humans and their pets, but can potentially cause medical problems in your pets including flea allergy dermatitis, tapeworms, hair loss and secondary skin irritations.
A large number of fleas can also cause anemia, especially in puppies and kittens. This can be very dangerous for a young animal.
Here are some ways that you can get rid of fleas, as well as help prevent them in the first place:
Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum! By vacuuming at least every other day, you will really help to control any flea problems by getting rid of eggs, larvae and even some of the adult fleas. Dispose of the sealed vacuum bag outside of the house.
Wash your bedding, especially your pet’s bedding, in hot water then dry on the highest heat setting available to help prevent the fleas from spreading. (Check the labels to ensure you do not damage the items using this method.)
Keep your pets up-to-date on their flea treatments and be sure you are purchasing quality treatments.
Once your pets are treated, do not bathe them with shampoos that contain soaps, as these wash off the animals’ natural oils. Choose a natural cleaning remedy such as oatmeal based cleansers. Your veterinarian can recommend products for use, as many common flea treatments applied directly to your pets are spread across the skin via their natural oils and removing those oils renders the treatment ineffective. We recommend cleaning them no more than once per month. Bathing is not a concern with animals that are treated systemically via oral pills.
When home remedies don’t successfully eradicate your flea problem, it’s time to turn to the experts. Select a pet-friendly “green” company that will use environmentally-friendly treatments to attack the little critters.
Good News Pest Control is one such company that relies solely on products which are safe for both pets and people. One of their professional technicians can explain the process in detail, providing relief from the itching and threat of illness in both pets and pet parents.
Suzi Harkola is the Managing Editor of Natural Awakenings Magazine, a freelance writer and life-long cat lover.