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Prevent a Flea Infestation

The very best way to treat fleas is to do all you can to prevent an infestation from invading your home and endangering your pet. There are steps you can take around your home and in the places your pet spends a lot of time, but the best place to start is with your dog or cat.

Think fleas year round

While colder weather may limit your pet’s outdoor time, it’s important to think of fleas as a year-round problem. This means regular use of flea and tick prevention is essential. When you do, you can protect your dog or cat from having to suffer through an infestation.

Total pet protection

There are several different types of products available to treat fleas and prevent infestation that should be included as a part of your monthly routine. These include topical squeeze-on products, flea and tick collars, shampoos, powders and sprays. These products use a variety of different active ingredients, all of which are considered pesticides, because they kill pests such as fleas and ticks.

Read the label

If pesticides are misused, they can harm your pet. ALWAYS read the label of any pesticide product you use and follow directions carefully. Pay close attention to weight and age restrictions and only use products that are made specifically for the species of pet you have. Never use products for dogs on cats, and vice versa.

Keep pets groomed

Whether it’s a bath, a brushing or a good once over, it’s important to pay close attention to your dog’s and cat’s grooming. Making sure they’re clean — especially after spending time outdoors — goes a long way in preventing fleas on dogs and cats.

Keep bedding and carpets clean

Fleas like to be close to places where they can find plenty to eat. So it’s important to keep your pet’s favorite spots clean. Wash bedding regularly. Vacuum rugs and carpets frequently and empty canisters and bags. While outside, keep dogs on a leash or away from shrubs and bedding material that can hide fleas during all of their life stages.