Don’t wait for fleas to infest your home and pets: take control now and ensure that your pets are flea-free and healthy – it is easier than you think. Keep in mind that the majority of the flea population (eggs, larvae and pupae) is found off the pet and in the environment.
What To Do
There are a couple of things that you can do to prevent fleas from infesting your home and pets. Experts advise that you take note of the following:
- Consult your vet for the best parasiticide, especially if there are young animals, senior pets, sick pets or pregnant or nursing bitches. Use flea control programmes on your pets that target all of the various stages of the flea lifecycle and treat the pets’ environment.
- Treat your pets throughout the year – prevention is better than trying to deal with a serious infestation.
- Note the date of the next treatment on your calendar or cellphone. Don’t skip treatments.
- When using a product for the first time, always monitor your pets for any signs of an adverse reaction. While very rare, they do sometimes occur. Any vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy or poor appetite should be reported to your vet immediately.
- Any medication can become poison in the wrong hands – keep it out of reach of children and pets.
- Remember not to use cat products on dogs, or dog products on cats. This can be fatal to your pet.
- One key element is a hygienic home. Vacuum all carpets and upholstery to get rid of flea eggs and then discard the vacuum bag. Treat the entire environment with a product that is safe for pets and children, if there are children in the house.
- Regularly wash your pets’ bedding in hot water.
- Remember that fleas and worms have a good relationship and that your pets are their hosts. Pets must be dewormed every three A broad-spectrum dewormer that covers a number of worms is advisable.
Whether you take your pets to the vet for tick and flea treatment or use over-the-counter products, always make sure that it is safe for the animal intended. Read the instructions carefully and stick to the repeat dosage as indicated on the packaging. The same goes for dewormers.