Treat Your Pet's Fleas Naturally
Typically, it is recommended that the natural and non-toxic approach for the control of fleas is in the best interest of your pet.
The first natural step is to enhance your pet's overall health through the provision of a healthy diet and lifestyle. Healthier pets are less likely to have long term problems with fleas. Healthier pets have stronger immune systems that can increase overall resistance to flea infestations. However, even healthy pets can get fleas.
The best way to treat fleas is to prevent an infestation from beginning. The most effective way to prevent fleas is to inspect your pet for the presence of fleas on a daily basis. Furthermore, every time your pet is allowed outdoors, a quick check for the presence of fleas could serve to prevent an infestation.
Finding and Removing Fleas
There are several recommendations when looking for fleas on your pet. It is advised that you place your pet over a white piece of paper or towel, as the fleas are black in color and will be easily seen on a white background. Use a comb to brush slowly through all of the fur or hair. Fleas will stick to the comb if you place a small amount of petroleum jelly on the tines. It is important to remember to check all parts of your pet's body, including behind the ears, around the head and tail, and between the toes.
The regular bathing of your pet can do a lot to prevent or control fleas. While bathing does not kill fleas, it can remove any eggs from your pet's hair. In addition, it is recommended that after bathing, a comb be utilized to check for fleas and manually remove them.
Fleas and Your Home
Fleas can survive for relatively long times within the home. It is essential that you treat your home in addition to treating your pet. One adult female flea is capable of producing thousands of eggs that can mature just as easily within carpeting as on your pet.
- Carpet: Thoroughly vacuum carpeting or steam clean carpeting if possible. Be particularly vigilant to vacuum areas where your pet spends a lot of time, and in corners.
- Bedding: Be sure to launder your pet's bedding in hot soapy water. Fleas can not survive the hot cycle of washing machines. It is also important to note that flea eggs are not sticky, and can fall off of bedding.
- Lawn: It is important to keep your lawn under control. Keeping the grass short allows for the penetration of sunlight to the soil, increasing the presence of heat and killing fleas. Watering can also serve to drown developing flea larvae.' Additionally, if your pet has a specific liking to one particular area of the lawn, be sure to keep it well kept and clean of debris.
The best natural treatment and prevention option is always maintaining the overall general health of your pet. Fleas thrive on pets that are unhealthy with weakened immune systems. Additionally, your healthy pet will have a quicker recovery period than an unhealthy animal.
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