Have you ever noticed your pet scratching and discovered that your furry pal has fleas? These tiny, disgusting little monsters can cause some serious problems for our animal friends! In addition to making our furry buddies miserably itchy, fleas can also carry viruses, as well as other parasites, such as tapeworms. A local Omaha, NE vet discusses fleas—and how to fight them—below.
Did you know that fleas are arachnids? They are actually more closely related to spiders and ticks than to other creepy-crawlies. Fleas can jump about 8 inches, or about 150 times their own height. Females can lay about 2000 eggs during the course of her lifespan, and can consume 15 times her body weight in blood daily. Yikes!
The best way to keep your furry pal flea-free is to keep up with their parasite control products. There are many different options available today, from sprays to topical drops to shampoos. Never double up on products: this could expose your beloved pet to dangerous levels of pesticides. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, and always follow the instructions carefully.
If you are battling an infestation, you’ll need to get rid of both the fleas on your pet and the ones that are in your home. One of the best ways to get rid of these uninvited guests is to vacuum daily. (You’ll also need to vacuum your sofa, and, if you often take your dog for car rides, your vehicle.) When you’re done, dump the contents of the canister into a plastic bag, and then seal the bag and take it outdoors. You’ll also want to wash your pet’s bedding. Use hot water, and the hottest dryer cycle you have.
There are some ways to make your home and yard less attractive to fleas. First, be sure to keep your yard mowed. Fleas often hide in tall grasses, waiting for innocent victims to pass by. Keeping your property clear of debris, such as dead leaves and fallen branches, will also help. These things make very inviting habitats to tiny monsters! If you have a garden or fruit trees, pick up any fallen produce, as it could attract wild animals that carry fleas.
Is your pet due for parasite control? Contact us today! As your Omaha, NE animal clinic, we are here to help!