Summer doesn’t only mean the return of warm weather: it also brings out insects and parasites. As far as pets are concerned, fleas are one of the biggest issues at this time of year. Fleas can carry dangerous diseases, and they can also transmit other parasites, such as tapeworms. Yuck! This is one area where an ounce of prevention is worth several pounds of cure. Below, a Wichita, KS vet offers some advice on fighting these unwanted guests.
First and foremost, keep up with your furry pal’s parasite control products. There are several different options to choose from, such as topical drops, collars, and sprays. Talk to your vet about the various products, and determine which is best for you. Once you choose one, stick to the recommended dosage and schedule.
The vacuum may very well be your best tool in the war against fleas. We recommend vacuuming daily, even if you’re just quickly running over heavily-trafficked areas and your pet’s favorite spots. If you’re battling an infestation, steam cleaning will also help. (Tip: steam cleaners are usually good investments for anyone with pets anyway.)
Wash your pet’s bedding regularly. Use hot water and unscented detergent, and tumble dry on hot. If that isn’t possible, use an iron on it, though you’ll of course want to test a spot first.
Taking some steps to make your property less hospitable to fleas will also help keep other unwanted guests, like rats and ticks, away. Keeping your yard trimmed will help a lot, as fleas often like to hide in thick grasses. Cut back any branches that are touching the walls of your house, as fleas can use these as bridges allowing them access. Pick up piles of debris, such as dead branches: fleas love to nest in these.
Keeping things tidy indoors is also important. Keep things like laundry picked up and off the floor, as piles of clothing can make very tempting habitats for unwanted guests. You may also want to sprinkle food-grade diatomaceous earth around window sills and door jambs.
Got a garden or fruit trees? Be sure to pick up fallen produce. It may attract animals that would carry fleas, such as birds and rats.
Do you need parasite control for your furry friend? Contact us, your Wichita, KS animal clinic, if ever we can be of assistance.