Summer is just around the corner. Along with the opening of the local swimming pool, the last day of school and the sound of the local ice cream truck, the warm weather delivers flea season to our pets and eventually our living areas. The unusually warm winter and bizarre steamy days of early spring that the Kansas City area experienced was a special treat to some of us. Unfortunately, the weather has jump started our flea season.
A majority of pet parents don’t realize it, but a year-round monthly application is necessary to stay on top of these nasty parasites. The leading brand names Advantage®, Advantix® and Frontline® are usually available at your pets veterinary clinic. Although it sounds easy, even with the diligent monthly applications of flea preventatives, the Parkway Pawlor still receives calls from pet owners with flea problems.
Your pet licking and biting at areas on their body with raised pink dots in clusters is often a sign suggesting that fleas, larvae and/or eggs has set up camp. To combat these unwelcome parasites, the Parkway Pawlor applies an appropriate flea shampoo to obstruct the reproduction cycle of the fleas and eradicate adult fleas that exist. Unfortunately, this is only the first step in fighting off these parasites. The second stage of this battle against fleas will take place in any living ares that may be infested. Just think, for every flea found on your pet, there are even more reproducing in your home.
Treating your home will involve using hazardous foggers or spray insecticides. These products will be needed to kill the eggs that are lurking in your furry friend has been laying around. These areas include carpet, bedding, and upholstery. If your pet is both an indoor and outdoor animal, another good idea is to treating the outside property. Outdoors, you need to treat only flea breeding sites such as bedding areas, the ground under decks and shrubbery, and wherever pets spend a lot of time. Well maintained lawns in sunny sites are unlikely to harbor many fleas.
Don’t ignore the signs of an infestation. The earlier you jump on the problem the easier (and cheaper) it is to treat. Give me a call at 913-302-6622, and we will come up with a plan to stay on top of these nuisances that make both you and your pet miserable. Have a great summer!