Keeping Your Cat Or Dog Flea-Free

One of the necessary parts of grooming a pet is the removal and deterring of fleas from the fur. If your pet roams around outdoors, you have undoubtedly found these small critters crawling around on your pets body. To keep your pet healthy and happy, fleas will need to be eliminated from the mix. Here are some steps you can take in removing fleas from your pet's coat, how to eliminate them from your home, and how to keep them from returning in the future.

Treating Your Pet

At the first signs of a flea problem, head to your veterinarian to purchase a topical flea treatment. This is the best way in removing fleas effectively. Your pet's doctor will give you the correct dosage for your pet's weight as well as any specific instructions pertaining to your pet. The treatment is applied at the nape of the neck so the pet will be less likely to lick at the medication after it is placed on their skin. These treatments usually work within a day to kill all fleas on the pet. They also kill off fleas at the larvae or egg stage.

If you cannot get to your veterinarian right away, you can give your pet a bath in a mixture of water, vinegar and mild dish detergent. The detergent will adhere to the fleas causing their exoskeleton to deteriorate, killing them as a result. The downside is you may need to try it a few times and it does not kill eggs on the pet's fur. This treatment can be done safely between medicated topical treatments however.

Treating Your Home

Removing fleas from your home is only half the battle in having a flea-free area for your pet to live. Your home most likely has fleas or eggs embedded in carpets or harbored in hidden crevices on the floor. It is extremely important to treat any area your pet frequented to make sure all fleas and eggs are removed so the cycle will break. If eggs remain, when the medication you applied on your pet wears off, any baby fleas that hatch will reinfest your pet. Wash all pet bedding in hot water and vacuum all carpets and floors your pet walks upon. Vacuum diligently every few days. Make sure to throw out the contents in the vacuum's collection bin or bag so fleas can't just jump back out into the home.

Keeping Fleas Away

Once your pet and home seem to be completely free of fleas, you will want to work hard at keeping them from returning. Treat your lawn outdoors for pests so there is less likely a chance for a flea would jump on your pet when they are outdoors. Keep your lawn trim as well. Keep giving your pet the topical flea treatment during the summer. This can be reapplied every month or two as directed by your pet's veterinarian. Add a teaspoon of vinegar to your pet's drinking water when you fill their bowl. This will naturally boost the acidity of your pet's skin and fur, acting as a flea deterrent.

To learn more, contact an animal hospital like Kenhaven Animal Hospital