Keep Fleas Off Your Pet and Out of Your Home This Spring

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Keep Fleas Off Your Pet and Out of Your Home This Spring

As the warmer weather approaches, you and your pets will start enjoying the outdoors again! Unfortunately, unwanted pests share this same sentiment as they eagerly spread in thick grass and backyards across the area. They are hungry from the winter and look at your pets like they are a three-course meal.

Fleas have a habit of nestling into your pet’s fur and multiplying. Since pets spend a lot of time outdoors in the spring and summer months, it’s important to be on the lookout for the warning signs – the quicker fleas are caught, the better for all of you. If you notice your pet itching or rolling around on the carpet to scratch, it’s time to take a deeper look.

The first step to dealing with a flea problem is identifying it!

Adult fleas are generally the easiest to spot and are an instant red flag. You can also look for the flea larvae. One way to identify fleas is to conduct consistent grooming routines. By using a flea comb with smaller combs to catch any debris, gently brush your pet’s fur and be sure to lightly graze the skin. These combs will catch fleas in their tracks and sometimes "flea dust” or "flea dirt,” a residue that fleas leave behind.

If you find out that your pet has fleas, it’s essential to pursue treatment immediately.

The first thing you should do is call our office! The Butte Oroville Veterinary Hospital staff is trained to recognize fleas. During your visit, one of our veterinarians will consult with you the best options for treatment.

After your pet has been treated, it’s important to rid your house of any potentially unwanted guests for both the health of your pet and your family. You can find flea bombs and house treatments are many local stores and pet supply markets.

Our staff also recommends practicing prevention before fleas become an issue. 

In effort to avoid flea infestations, we suggest year-round treatment. There are many different flea preventatives available at our hospital – including Activyl Plus, Parastar, Comfortis and Revolution – and our team can help recommend the right option for you.

Fleas are nothing mess around with – and no one wants them in their home or on their pets. Even indoor pets aren’t out of the woods and should have a flea prevention program in place. Our staff has much experience in identifying fleas and other insects and parasites, so if you find something suspicious crawling around on your pet, feel free to drop it off. 

Posted Tuesday, March 11, 2014