Fleas - We have all heard about them, but tend to ignore the fact that they exist. We also like to think that our pet is unable to get them. That is until your pet and your home are hit by them. At Lakes Veterinary Hospital we focus on the prevention of fleas and ticks. We also counsel droves of callers and people who come through the door frustrated beyond belief because they don’t know what to do.
Flea Prevention is Key
First, I will give you a brief blurb on how to prevent these little blood sucking, good-for-nothing but spreading disease buggers from getting into your house. Here we use on our pets and recommend Nexgard, Frontline Gold or the Frontline Spray.
Make sure you keep your pets dry for 24 hours after applying Frontline products. If you don’t it won’t work. Plain and simple. Using a product incorrectly is like throwing your money away. There are many other kinds of flea and tick prevention that can be found by shopping our online store
Please make sure that you NEVER put any dog flea and tick product on your cat. This could prove a deadly mistake.
You’ve Got Fleas
Okay, so maybe you didn’t follow the recommendation or you used a flea and tick collar (they are 50% less effective every time they get wet) or didn’t realize those little nasties can come in on your shoes from outside. Because their eggs are sticky. Maybe you thought flea season was over – If it’s not cold enough for snow they are out there. Whaaaat? Yep. There is a reason they have been around so long.
So you somehow have fleas. We have heard it all. Moved into a home where they were already existing in a dormant state. The people and pets moved in, now it’s a flea party. House guests with pets that have fleas. Lucky for you those pesky buggers stay loooong after your company has left. Like a souvenir without an actual vacation! Indoor/outdoor cats without frontline. The list goes on.
So now that they have moved into your home to live and eat free of charge you need to know that the road ahead of you is long. It’s not a sprint, but more so a marathon. Anywhere that a flea-infested pet has been needs to be treated.
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Here we use either Knockout ES area treatment or Siphitrol Plus instead of room foggers because it gives us the most bang for our buck. You can spray it in your car (which needs to be treated if your pet has been in it while having fleas), on your couch, tile, carpet, mattress. Just always follow package directions and test an area that isn’t easily seen to make sure it’s safe.
Allow the area to dry, then mop or vacuum the area. Now for the important step – if you have a bag vacuum throw the bag away (outside)after each time so that if there are live ones they don’t climb out and get back into your house. If you have a bag less – take it apart and wash everything.
You aren’t done yet . You will need to repeat this process continuously for about a month if you do this 1-2 times a week. Keep in mind that if you have pets in your home they will need to be treated continuously also. Nexgard and Frontline are not repellants so there will still be fleas that you are able to see on your pet. With Nexgard they have to bite the dog, then they will die. Frontline requires the product to move through your pet’s oil glands in the hair follicles. Repeated washing after application is not a great idea since you are shampooing the product away until it can replenish again. We also recommend deworming for tapeworms since fleas transmit these grodey buggers too.
So get comfortable because your home will be super clean after all of this is over. Hopefully this will be enough to remind you to apply or give monthly medication year round so as to not have to go through this again.
If you have any questions feel free to give our office a call at 218-864-5695 or your local Veterinarian can walk you through as well.