Ben Franklin said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." I'm pretty sure that he was talking about flea season. Remember way back in April when I predicted that this year would be the worst flea season due to the lack of winter? Well, here we are at the end of summer, and if the number of itchy pets I've seen is any indication, my prediction was on-par.
If you already have fleas, go here to see what you can do to fix the problem. This post is about PREVENTION. If you are one of the lucky ones who hasn't seen fleas and ticks on your pet yet, here's what you need to do to keep it that way:
1. Monthly (or three-weekly!) Preventative. Frontline Plus is the most common, and it's the brand I carry, but I will say that sometimes around this year it somehow seems to stop working. I recommend applying it every 3 weeks in the early fall, and possibly even researching other options. I started my own dogs on a newer medication called Comfortis this year (it's available at your vet or online), and it's been great.
2. Keep your pet's bedding and your home clean. Vaccuum regularly and you will stop problems before they start. Keep a flea collar in your vacuum container to kill any stray bugs that might get sucked up.
3. Most monthly treatments will kill any bugs that end up on your pet, but they won't repel the bugs in the first place. A natural bug repellent is an added layer of protection that should be used anytime your pet ventures into the wild... and this time of year, every park, dog park, and grassy lot in the city should be considered "the wild". We carry Pet Natural's Protect Spray and Wipes, and Ark Naturals Neem Spray.
4. A good old-fashioned flea comb or any fine-toothed comb will make it easy for you to make sure your pet is clean during normal grooming/bathing. Especially with thicker and darker coated breeds, you often don't know fleas are a problem until it's too late!
Dealing with a flea infestation is really the worst. Stay diligent with your prevention... just a couple more months until the end of the season!