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PostSubject: Tips for getting rid or preventing fleas   Tue Nov 24, 2009 9:20 pm

Step1
The best way to get rid of fleas is by prevention; fleas thrive in heat and humidity (and are most active in summer and fall), so assess your pet and his environment frequently.

Step 2
Help prevent fleas indoors by vacuuming your home thoroughly and frequently, paying close attention to corners, cracks, crevices and basements. Dispose of vacuum cleaner bags conscientiously, as adult fleas can escape. Also, choose your pet's friends wisely; avoid animals you suspect may carry fleas. Dog parks are fun, but a move-able feast for fleas!

Step 3
Remove any fleas from your pet using a fine-toothed pet comb designed for flea removal, and drop the fleas into soapy water to drown them.

Step 4
Wash pet bedding in hot, soapy water weekly; this is the most likely site for flea eggs and larvae.

Step 5
Prune foliage and keep grass trimmed short to increase sunlight, as flea larvae cannot survive in hot, dry areas. Remove any piles of yard debris close to your home.

Step 6
Bathe pets weekly, if possible, to get rid of fleas. If bathing is not an option, speak to your veterinarian about appropriate alternatives.

Step 7
Watch your pet for signs of flea trouble: excessive scratching and biting, especially around the tail and lower back, and possibly raw patches where the animal has been biting and scratching himself. Also watch for 'flea debris' (black, granular dried blood) and fleas themselves on your pet's skin.

Step 8
Talk to your veterinarian about various treatments for your flea-plagued pet: a flea adulticide applied monthly to the skin; a monthly pill that prevents fleas from reproducing but doesn't kill adult fleas; and multipurpose products that prevent flea reproduction and control heartworms, hookworms, whipworms and roundworms. Also consider flea collars and flea powders.

Step 9
Look into chemical flea-treatment products to apply by hand around the environment in spray or powder form. Ask your veterinarian for a recommendation on the best product and how to use it.

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PostSubject: Re: Tips for getting rid or preventing fleas   Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:24 pm

great info! mine's gotten them only a few times..but once is enough to never want them again. Poor guy got them again teh other month and it was the hardest time we've had getting rid of them until the vet gave us some medication for him and that definitely worked.

thank you for these tips as well!
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PostSubject: Re: Tips for getting rid or preventing fleas   Thu Dec 17, 2009 6:15 pm

I know what you mean. My Junior didn't have fleas before but then got them this summer. It was such a pain...and gross as well.lol. Good thing that they go away with the cold seasons!

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