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Battle of the Fleas

Well, it's the time of year to again get out the battle gear and combat that awesome pest...the flea. Flea season is upon us (July-September) and since a flea can live for up to two years without food or water we have quite a task ahead if we don't take some preventive measures early on:

  1. Vacuum frequently- all floors and carpets, stairs and under beds too.
  2. Wash pet bedding frequently.
  3. Use a safe flea powder, spray or other product. Follow the product instructions provided carefully.
  4. Ask your vet about Program- this product does not kill fleas, but does make them unable to reproduce, cutting your combat time in half.
  5. Brush and comb your dog frequently. Bathe him/her if heavily infested.
  6. Spray the house with a flea product at least once a week, under beds, couches, etc.

Keep in mind that fleas spend 90% of their time in carpets, etc.,versus about 10% actually on your animal.The best way to check for fleas is to examine your pet's skin, checking for flea debris, which looks like fine ground pepper. If you are unsure , put a few grains on a wet paper towel and rub them. If they turn reddish/brown, then it's ´flea dirt'-even if you don't actually see the fleas, your pet definitely has them and you should begin taking steps to prevent any outbreak immediately.

Don't despair: if you follow through with the steps above, you'll end up ahead of the battle. As always the best combat is prevention-good luck!

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