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The Down and Dirty on Fleas!

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Sleuth, the VNN Reporter Dog

 

UGH!  Sleuth the Reporter Dog REALLY despises fleas!  They are everywhere, very hardy and they can really reproduce quickly, causing a serious infestation in a pet’s home.  Sleuth got some advice from the Veterinary News Network about keeping these pests away from your pets!


1) Fleas are wingless, blood-sucking insects that love to prey on our dogs, our cats and, occasionally even people.

2) Fleas lay hundreds of eggs each day and the complete life cycle of a flea can be completed in as little as just 11 days!

3) But, fleas are hardy too!  If the environment is not right, flea larvae can make a cocoon and stay safe for up to five or six months.

4) The best way to get fleas off of your pets and keep them out of your house is to work with your veterinary team and use safe, effective flea medications.

5) Topical drops and oral pills are available to help kill all the adult fleas on your pet.  But, since the adults are only about 5% of the population, it’s important to treat the environment too.

6) Look for area treatments and environmental sprays that contain Insect Growth Regulators or IGRs.  These will stop flea eggs from hatching and keep larvae from maturing.

7) Be wary of over the counter products.  Although some are good, check with your veterinarian before applying on your pets.  Some have caused severe problems, especially when used on the WRONG pet.

8) Many “natural” or “organic” flea treatments lack any proof of effectiveness.  For example, garlic tablets show no effect on fleas and could be harmful to cats.

9) Ask your veterinarian about which products will work best for you and your pet.  In addition, he or she can often provide you with good advice on stopping the infestation in your home.

10) For more trustworthy and accurate pet health information, visit www.MyVNN.com or www.PetDocsOnCall.com .