Does Your Pet Suffer From Fleas? Here’s a Few Pet Grooming Tips to Help Fight Them off
If you are like most pet owners, you know the stresses of fighting fleas on your pets. You see them endlessly itching, scratching, and squirming around, and can’t help but to feel for them. There are many ways that you can get rid of fleas on your pets that requires little effort on your part. Below are just a few of the many flea-fighting tactics that can help your pet live a more comfortable life.
1. Understanding The Effects of Fleas on Cats & Dogs
In most cases, cats and dogs are affected differently by fleas. You might not know it, but there are two different types of species of fleas that attach themselves to cats and dogs. Ctenocephalides Felis are fleas that favor cats, while Ctenocephalides Canis are fleas that favor dogs.
It is important to understand their differences in order to give your pet the proper flea treatment. For homes with multiple different pets, it is important to treat all of your pets, even if you only find one flea on one pet. This will ensure that fleas are not spread on your pets and around your home.
2. Pet Grooming Shampoos with Flea Fighting Ingredients
While pet grooming shampoos with flea fighting ingredients may be a great defense against fleas, but you should always speak to your veterinarian first. In some cases, flea shampoos can strip your pet’s skin and coat of the natural oils that are necessary for other treatments to work effectively.
To get the best results, try shampooing your pet 48 hours after you have applied another form of treatment. This will allow enough time for the treatment to properly sink in and take effect.
3. Oral Treatments
There are many over the counter, oral treatments and spot treatments that can provide a great defense against fleas. Again, before making any decisions, speak with your veterinarian first.
When speaking to your veterinarian, be sure to bring up the following questions. This will help you choose the best and most effective treatment for your pet.
- How severe is my pet’s flea problem?
- What type of pets am I treating?
- Does my pet come in contact with other types of pets?
- Does my pet regularly swim or need frequent bathing?
- What medications or other treatments have I used in the past?
4. Flea Combs and Other Pet Grooming Tools
No matter what type of flea treatment you choose, frequent grooming of your pet not only helps to remove fleas and flea dirt, it helps you ensure a flea free life for your pet. There are many tools that can be used to eradicate fleas from your pet. This can be done at home, and also completed by your local pet grooming professionals.
A flea comb is an inexpensive tool that can help eradicate the fleas from your pet. With a bowl of warm, soapy water by your side, gently comb through your pet’s fur plucking out the fleas.
This will give your pet instant relief and ensure that no eggs or fleas are left on your pet.