My dog has fleas. What should I do?

If fleas have found their way into your life, you need to start a complete flea control program immediately. Fleas live by sucking the blood of your pets, and can bite your human family members, as well.

Health Issues Caused by Fleas

I flea bite can be annoying, but they can cause much larger health issues.

  • Anemia
  • Skin allergies
  • Spread disease
  • Transmit tapeworms

A Three Point Flea Control Program

Treatment of Pets - You will need to treat any pet that can contract fleas. This doesn't include birds, reptiles, and small and furry pets. There are many safe and effective products for adult pets as well as puppies and kittens. You can even find flea treamtnes for pet ferrets and rabbits.

Treatment of the entire house, car or motor home - For house and vehicle treatment, begin with very thorough vacuuming. Be sure to get under everything- furniture, rugs, etc. Don't forget the basement or garage. Throw out the vacuum bag after use to prevent fleas from crawling back out. After cleaning, use a professional bomb or premise spray according to the label directions. Treat the entire area, even places not frequented by your pet. You may need to vacuum and treat furniture according to the manufacturers' recommendations as well. Be sure to remove all pets and family members from the area while spraying and until it is safe to return them.

Treatment of the yardDon't forget your pet's outdoor environment. Treat as much of the yard as possible with a professional flea spray. Make sure to follow all listed directions. Treat areas where your pet spends time, including decks or dog houses. Fleas like to hide in bark dust and leaf litter, as well.

For safe and effective use, always read and follow the label directions for all flea control products.