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Tips for Fighting Fleas

Summer is officially here… and so are the fleas and ticks. These tiny pests can not only make our pets miserably itchy, they can also transmit dangerous diseases, as well as other parasites. Read on as an Aurora, CO vet offers some helpful advice on keeping fleas away.

Parasite Control

First and foremost, make sure to keep up with your pet’s parasite control regimen. There are many different products to choose from, such as topical drops, sprays, collars, and shampoos. Whichever one you pick, be sure to follow the package directions to the letter. Avoid doubling up on products, as this can be dangerous. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Housework

When it comes to fighting fleas, the vacuum cleaner might just be your best friend. Vacuum high-traffic areas daily, and follow up with more thorough cleanings about once a week. As soon as you’re finished, dump the bag or the contents of the canister into a plastic bag, then immediately seal that bag and take it outdoors. This will prevent any captured or newly-hatched fleas from escaping back into your home. If you have a dog, and you often take your canine pal out and about, vacuum your vehicle as well. You’ll also want to wash your pet’s toys and bedding regularly. Use hot water and the hottest dryer cycle you have. Running a hot iron over upholstered furniture or large pet beds can also help kill fleas. (Tip: test a small spot first, so you don’t damage the material.)

Yard Work

A few simple precautions can help make your yard unwelcoming to pests. First, keep your yard mowed, as fleas and ticks love to lurk in tall grasses. Remove any debris, such as fallen leaves or dead branches, which can provide habitats for these little invaders. If you have a garden and/or fruit trees, pick up any fallen produce, as it can attract wild animals that carry fleas. We recommend keeping your hedges trimmed, so they don’t touch the house. Installing a three-foot mulch path around your yard can also help: fleas and ticks often turn away from these barriers, as they don’t like being exposed to sunlight. Sprinkling diatomaceous earth around can be beneficial as well.

Does your pet need parasite control products? Contact us, your local Aurora, CO animal clinic, anytime! We are dedicated to providing excellent veterinary care.

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