Fleas are a nuisance that most pet owners have to deal with at some point. For most pets it is not a serious issue as long as owners stay on top of their flea treatment year around. If your pet is one of the unlikely few who has been diagnosed with flea allergy dermatitis—you will have to be more diligent about flea control than the average pet owner. Here are some tips for treating your pet and your home if you find fleas on your pets.
Treatment for Fleas for Pets
- Bathe with Dawn dishwashing liquid or a flea shampoo. Be careful as this will strip all flea product from your pet so make sure to apply flea product one or two days after the bath.
- Apply flea/tick topical spot-on treatment.
- Use a flea-control collar. Some are effective for up to eight months.
- Administer an oral product to kill live fleas. This can be obtained from your veterinarian.
Treatment for Fleas for the House
- Sweep, mop, and vacuum all floors and furniture.
- Use carpet sprays for fleas to get into tighter places, such as upholstery and carpets.
- Fog your house. Be sure to use enough to cover every room.
- Throw away the bag each time you vacuum.
- Wash all bedding, sheets, rugs, and toys in hot water.
If you find fleas on your pet, alert your veterinarian as soon as possible so that the flea infestation does not get out of control.