Does Your Dog Have Fleas?

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Dec 242011

Did you know that fleas are not just a summertime pest? This is especially true for inside pets. Having three dogs and three cats, I learned this lesson the hard way. According to the New Hampshire Cooperative Extension, there are an estimated 1600 species of fleas. There are dog fleas, cat fleas, and even human fleas. Creepy, right?

What is horrible is that these creatures live on our beloved pets and can cause a myriad of health problems-not to mention that the fleas can infest our homes. Fleas can cause skin problems, allergies, and even anemia in pets. One of my dogs had fleas so bad that she was very anemic. I spent quite a bit of money at the vet to get her back to her normal pre-flea health. You have probably heard the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. This is so true of your dog’s health and fleas. Since my fur baby’s illness due to fleas, we have used frontline plus for dogs to control the flea population on our pets. Lucky for us, they also make a Frontline Plus for cats.

Of course, flea eradication would not be complete without doing a thorough clean-up on everything in your home that may have gotten fleas, flea eggs or larvae on them. This includes vacuuming any carpet in the house that your pet has access to. You should also vacuum any furniture that your pets may lay on. This means removing all of the cushions and vacuuming under them. Be sure to remove the vacuum cleaner bag from the vacuum cleaner when you are finished. Take the used bag out of the house to prevent the fleas from getting back into your home. The pet’s bedding should also be washed thoroughly to get rid of any flea infestation. Keeping your house flea free is not a hard thing to do. Just be sure to use a good flea prevention product and make sure to keep your pets away from areas that may be infested with fleas.