Warm balmy nights and long sunny days are one of the pleasures of summer but it also means we are right in the middle of flea season. If you live in a warmer or more humid climate, fleas are likely at the top of your mind as a pet owner.
Don’t worry, if your dog or cat does get fleas or ticks, even in the middle of flea season – it is not too late to help get rid of the problem.
While it is best to prevent fleas and ticks before they start, there are many things you can do to help treat the infestation if your precious pets start doing the itchy and scratchy dance.
Here are three things you can do to help your pet if they catch any fleas and ticks this summer.
Give your pets flea and tick treatment as soon as possible.
Treat your dog regularly with a flea and tick treatment to kill existing fleas and ticks for up to 4 weeks. Flea and tick treatments will also prevent flea eggs from developing into adults for up to 4 months.
Deep clean your home.
Wash your pet’s bedding in hot water or, if the fleas and ticks are rampant, you may want to replace the bedding. Treat your home by vacuuming carpets and upholstery or having them professionally cleaned. Make sure to throw away the vacuum bag right away or clean reusable bags with hot water and soup.
Treat your yard for fleas and ticks.
Treating infestations outside will reduce infestations inside. Cut down tall brush and grass near the house or dog run to reduce exposure to fleas and ticks.
Remember, the best way to prevent fleas and ticks this summer is before they start. Use flea and tick treatments like Vetguard Plus regularly and check out these seasonal charts to see when fleas are most abundant near you.