Tips For Getting Rid of Fleas on Your Pets - Save Money and Time on Getting Rid of Fleas
Posted Feb 25 2009 3:53pm
Fleas are responsible for a variety of problems associated both with our pets and with humans. They are responsible for spreading parasites to humans called tapeworms if the fleas are ingested. One of the most detrimental problems associated with fleas on your pets is what is known as flea allergic dermatitis (FAD). FAD is one of the three most common causes of allergies in pets. FAD has also been proven to be responsible for making other allergies worse such as food and inhaled allergies. Since pets are often allergic to the saliva of the fleas it only takes one bite to cause this reaction.
Getting rid of fleas can be a very difficult and expensive mission. The only way to properly get rid of a flea infestation in your home and on your pets is to understand the flea cycle. Using a multi module approach to killing the flea population will make sure you do not have any more flea problems.
A good plan should be formed to remove fleas from your home in the most cost effectively manner. This can be orchestrated by simply understanding how fleas breed and where they live. Also, you must understand how the medications work that are responsible for eliminating them.
Fleas lay eggs that pupate in the environment for up to several months. The adult female flea can lay up to 2000 eggs with in her 50 life span. Once the fleas hatch they must feed on a blood meal within 72 hours or they will die. Since a single clutch of flea eggs can survive months without hatching it is important that cleaning is repeated every couple of weeks.
The multi-modal approach should include:
* Cleaning your home * Medicating your pets * Using flea birth control
Cleaning your home:
* Remove and wash all bedding and rugs that where your pets sleep. * Vacuum your home thoroughly, this activates the eggs to hatch and removes fleas in hard to reach areas * Spray outdoor areas in your yard with flea killer * Clean up your backyard by removing weeds and areas of high vegetation where your pets like to sleep
Medicate your pets:
1. Fast acting flea killer- Give as needed. Any time fleas are noticed or if your pet visits flea infested areas such as dog parks. There are some very safe over the counter flea medications that kill all fleas on your pet within 4 hours. 2. Long term flea preventative- These are usually placed topically on your pets once a month to provide 30 days of protection from adult flea bites. They often kill the fleas before they even have a chance to bite your pets, which helps to stop FAD. 3. Flea birth control- Given once monthly as a tablet to stop flea from being able to reproduce. Very good for heavily infested flea areas and for helping to control outside populations.
Using this method of flea control year round will save you lots of money in the long run. Hiring a professional exterminator can be very expensive and is often ineffective if proper flea control is not used on our pets. If one flea is noticed than you can be sure that there are 10 X as many in the environment. When buying flea medications always make sure that the brand is veterinary approved and it is made especially for the species being treated ie: cats or dogs. A good way to save on veterinary costs is to purchase the flea medications from the internet.
Visit PetVetWisdom.com to find vet recommended Flea Medications. We have researched and found the lowest online providers for these medications. We also provide direct links to specific medications for the safety of your pets.
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