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Ways to Protect Your Pet from Fleas

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When people talk about pet issues, fleas are almost always in the conversation. If your pet has been itching, scratching, or otherwise showing symptoms of fleas, it's time to take action. These parasites can lead to a host of serious health problems for your pet. Before you embark on a mad hunt for flea killers, take the time to note some tips on how to protect your pets from those insects.

Regular inspection

One method to prevent flea infestation would be to regularly inspect your pet's coat. This is likely to help you determine if your pet is infected by the parasite early enough. Early detection can help prevent flea infestation, which occurs in a short period since fleas breed rapidly. 

Whenever you brush your pet's hair, use a flea comb. A flea comb collects the fleas, the eggs they might have laid, and flea dirt as well. It is a nontoxic and affordable method of flea detection and removal from your pet.

Cleanliness and Grooming

Pet beddings ought to be washed at least once a week. Fleas thrive in places with dirt, so washing beddings, toys, and sleeping areas help get rid of them. This also helps to detect the pests easily. It is also advisable to bathe your pet using shampoos to kill pests.

Grooming your pet also helps control fleas. Fleas thrive in a warm environment. Therefore, it is important to cut your pet's hair short, especially during summer and spring. This will not only keep your pet cool but also prevent parasites from latching onto the pet's long hair.

Pest Control

It is a common misconception that fleas only bite pets and don't prefer humans. The truth is that fleas will bite any warm-blooded creature that comes across their path and can transmit diseases to both pets and humans. Therefore, it is essential to contact pest professionals if you suspect your home is infested with fleas.

If your pet has any signs of abnormal behavior such as scratching, reduced energy, or lack of appetite, take them to a veterinarian as soon as possible. It is also essential to consult with a vet before purchasing any medicine or visiting an online source to get advice on which works best.

We Care As Much About Your Pet's Health As You Do

Your pet is part of your family, and the team at Murray Hill Pet Hospital understands that all too well. We offer preventative wellness care while also addressing any health concerns or emergencies you may have with your pet. 

Contact us or go to our website to learn more about what we do.

 

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