How to protect your pets against fleas?

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cat with ballWhen you have a dog or a cat, one of the hardest things to safeguard them against is fleas. With households being very insulated due to double glazing and central heating being used for a large portion of the year, this is the perfect environment for fleas to thrive.

Not only are fleas irritable to your dog or cat, causing them to scratch, they can also trigger allergic reactions which can eventually result in disease of some kind. Fleas are also crucial to the lifecycle of tapeworms, meaning that flea treatment should form an integral part of your dog or cats worm treatment.

On that note, we have highlighted what you can do to prevent fleas and treat your pets should they get them.

The most important aspect is how to prevent your pet from getting fleas in the first place. There are a few things you can do to reduce the chances of your pet getting fleas:

  • Frontline Spot On – You can use this treatment from Frontline to prevent and treat your pets against fleas. They recommend treating cats every 5 weeks and dogs every two months.
  • Household Sprays – Although household sprays do not kill the adult fleas, they prevent pupae growing into adult fleas, therefore reducing the time in which it takes to clear the infestation.
  • Allow treated pets in to infested areas – Once your pets have been treated, it’s a good idea to allow them back into the infested areas so that any fleas which attempt to jump on them will then be killed once in contact with the treatment.
  • Vacuum – One of the most overlooked areas is just vacuuming your house on a regular basis. This will reduce the number of flea eggs and larvae that are present.
  • Flea shampoo – You can use flea shampoo as both a preventative measure and a cure. Bathing your pets with flea shampoo can significantly reduce the chances of infection and can go a long way to curing them of it. Make sure you don’t do this too much as it can dry out your pets skin.
  • Wash your pets bedding – It’s just as important to ensure all bedding, blankets or collars that your pet wears are regularly cleaned.
  • Consult your veterinarian – When it comes to any treatment for your pets, always consult your local vet. This will allow you to understand what fleas are, what treatments are suitable for your pets and what to do in the event that your pet gets fleas.

One final tip is that before you decide on any of these methods; ensure that you do your research. There are many herbal remedies and homemade treatments that can be created to treat fleas. Of course some of these work, but every pet is different. Proceed with caution before commencing any treatment and ensure your pet is treated in the responsible way.