How To Treat Pet Fleas

Pet owners love their pets like family but usually they fear the summer season as it usually brings the onset of fleas. Fleas tend to create a lot of problems for the pet and pet owners are unable to see their family members in such a state.

Fleas are insects that usually abound in the summer as the temperature is ideal for them. Fleas are not insects that fly but are insects that jump from one animal to another. If a pet comes in contact with a pet that is infested with fleas then that pet also gets infested. The pet usually starts scratching the place where the flea bites. This could lead to swelling, loss of hair and other infections. Even one flea can cause a whole lot of problems to the pet. Hence it is imperative to treat fleas.

The first and effective way for pet flea treatment is to diagnose if the pet has fleas. You do not need to do anything, all you need is a comb and when you comb the hair you will be able to see the fleas if they are there. Usually fleas are found in the belly region and you can easily find them there.  Once you have diagnosed that the pet has fleas then you can start thinking about the treatment.

There are many types of pet flea treatments and when you want to provide relief to the pet immediately then you can opt for chemical or non-chemical pet treatments. Chemical treatments mean pills and powders that can be dusted on the pet etc. Pills actually start working immediately and most fleas are actually killed within a few hours. Powders etc take time to kill the fleas but they are also a good option.

Non-chemical flea treatments include shampoos that you need your pet to get soaked in for at least ten minutes. These will kill the fleas and some shampoos will just stun the fleas and you need to comb it out with a flea comb.

If you think that this treatment is enough then you are mistaken. Chemical or non-chemical treatment is not enough. You need to take care of the environment in which the pet stays. In reality the fleas abound in 4 states like the butterfly. They are eggs, followed by larvae, followed by the pupa and finally the flea. The eggs can be anywhere in the house when a pet is infested with fleas The eggs can become larvae soon and can be in the crevices on the floor or in the carpet etc. Then they get into the pupa stage and they can remain in this stage for a very long time. When they feel that the right environment is near, namely your pet, they will come out and immediately start feeding on your pet. Hence it becomes necessary to treat the home along with the pet. You need to take care of your home completely and ensure that fleas cannot come anywhere near your house or your pet.

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