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4 Ways to Fight Fleas

If you have a pet, there’s a good chance that at some point, your furry pal will get fleas. These nasty parasites can not only make your beloved furbaby miserably itchy, they can also transmit other parasites, such as tapeworms, and can even carry dangerous diseases. We are here to help! A Marietta, GA vet offers some helpful tips on fighting fleas in this article.

Parasite Control

Make sure to keep up on your pet’s parasite control. There are many different products available to choose from. Topical drops are very popular, because they are both effective and easy to use, but you can also use sprays, shampoos, or collars. Just be careful not to double up on these products, as this could expose your furry pal to dangerous levels of chemicals. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, and follow those instructions to the letter.

Vacuum

Your vacuum cleaner can be a very effective weapon in the war against fleas. Regular vacuuming will eliminate both fleas and unhatched eggs. (Bonus: it will also remove your pet’s fur and dander from your rugs and furniture.) We recommend doing high-traffic areas and your furry buddy’s favorite spots daily, and vacuuming thoroughly about once a week. Vacuuming will be most effective if you empty the bag or canister into a plastic bag as soon as you’re done, and then immediately seal the bag and take it outdoors for disposal.

Cleaning

We recommend washing your pet’s bedding regularly. Use hot water and unscented detergent, and dry it on the hottest cycle. This will help break the flea life cycle. If you have a dog, and like to take Fido out and about with you, you’ll also need to vacuum your car regularly.

Lawn Care

Fleas love to lurk in tall grasses. Keeping your lawn trimmed can help keep these unwanted guests off your property. Fleas thrive in shady areas, so trim back any overhanging branches. Piles of brush can also make very inviting hiding places for these unwelcome parasites, so be sure to remove any yard debris, such as dead leaves. Last but not least, if you have fruit trees, pick up any fallen fruits, as they can attract animals that carry fleas.

Please reach out to us, your Marietta, GA animal hospital, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs, including parasite control products. We are always happy to help!

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