Your pet can easily pick up fleas from its surrounding environment. At this time of year, it’s time to take action to rid any fleas with a spring cleaning. It’s important to focus on removal both indoors and outdoors. Check out some of Oceanside Veterinary Clinic’s natural tips for getting rid of fleas safely.
Cleaning Your Furniture and Clothing
Wash all items possible. Be sure to throw your pet’s bedding into the washer for a deep clean. Any blankets, sheets, or pillow covers that a pet may use to sleep on should be thrown in for a spin. If the item seems to be full of flea larvae or eggs it is best to throw it out. If the inside of a pillow is infested with eggs and put back into the clean cover, the eggs can still hatch. Anything that is regularly touched will need to be washed thoroughly.
Cleaning Your Carpets
Fleas love to hide in dark places. They can be found inside crevices, underneath your furniture, and buried in the carpet. There are plenty of products that can rid your home of fleas but whenever possible it’s best to take the all natural approach. One way to clean out your rug is to sprinkle a very fine salt on the floor. You want it to be small enough to attach itself to the flea. This will soak up moisture, cause chafing for the fleas, and eventually kill the flea as it walks. After 8-9 days vacuum thoroughly and repeat. Be sure to discard any used vacuum bag.
Kill the Fleas in Your Yard
Most pets spend about 90% of their time indoors but you may find that your pets are still bringing fleas inside. Remember it is still important to keep an eye on your outdoor surroundings as well. Flea larvae do not like exposure to sunlight. Be sure to trim your grass and foliage to expose. If you are looking for an all-natural approach, you can purchase cedar wood chips or Eucalyptus leaves. Fleas hate them, but you will not be putting your pet at risk or contaminating any surrounding plants or trees.
Wash Your Pet
When choosing a flea shampoo, you may want to check with your vet. Some chemicals can irritate or cause dry skin. When bathing your pet, start by washing the neck first. When fleas sense water they will immediately seek cover into dry and hard to reach places. Starting at the top will help prevent fleas from jumping up towards the head. For extra security, lather your pet for around 15 minutes. Rinse your pet under warm water for several minutes to soak all potential hiding places. Dry your pet completely before applying any flea medications.
Treat Your Pet
Certain flea-collar products, spot-on, or oral medications can be ineffective or can irritate your pet’s skin. Before purchasing any flea killing products, be sure to contact your vet to find out which are the safest and the most reliable.
To ensure your pet’s safety from fleas, give Oceanside Veterinary Clinic a call today. We can help pick the best flea prevention for your furry friend!