Pests don’t just bug humans, they can also affect your pets. The most common offender is the flea. Fleas are parasites that feed on the blood of any warm-blooded body, like cats and dogs. Their bites cause painful, itchy red bumps, but that isn’t even the worst of it. Fleas can also spread disease, transfer tapeworms and cause anemia in pets, which is why it’s so important to prevent them when possible. Use these tips to keep fleas away from your pets.
Stay On Top Of Yard Work
If you have a yard, make sure you are staying on top of maintenance by keeping your grass mowed and shrubs trimmed. This will give fleas less places to hide and make a home. Fleas are also likely to travel into your yard using wild animals. Keeping your yard tidy will also prevent these other animals from invading and bringing fleas with them.
Inspect Your Pet Often
After long walks or playing outside, inspect your pet for fleas using a flea comb. You can also get your pets a flea collar or topical treatment for further prevention. If you have a long-haired pet, it might also be a good idea to give them a shorter haircut during warm-weather months when fleas are more active.
Keep Your House Clean
Fleas eggs, larvae and pupae will often live in carpeting or throw rugs, so it’s important to vacuum at least once a week, and more often if you spot fleas. Don’t forget to get those low-traffic areas like baseboards, under furniture, under cushions and any place your pet spends time. Fleas will avoid high-traffic areas and instead hide in these spots.