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256 Sheppard Ave. West
Toronto, ON M2N 1N3
(416) 222-5409

Fleas are tiny pests that can infest your cat, your dog and your home. But, how do you know if your pet has fleas? If your pet does have fleas, does that automatically mean they are in your home? What are the signs of flea infestation both for your pet and for your living space? Pet Wellness Network has put together a quick, easy-to-reference guide about how to prevent, detect and kill off fleas.

· Medicinal Prevention – Visit your local Pet Wellness Network animal hospital to determine the best flea prevention tool for your pet, we offer collars, topical treatments as well as tablets. Remember, it’s much easier to prevent a flea problem than solve one once you have it. If you already suspect your pet has fleas, fret not, we’re here to help! Call us anytime to chat about your options!

· The Dog House – or for that matter your cat’s mat (or scratching post), keep them clean. Vacuum and/or wash your pet’s sleeping area at least once a week.

· Cleanliness – Vacuum your home often to suck up any fleas waiting to jump on your pet for their next meal. Also, if you are dealing with an infestation remember to change your vacuum bag.

· Yard – If you have had fleas and have rid them of your pet and your home do not forget where they may have originated from – the yard. You may have to spray the lawn to prevent a reoccurring issue.

· Biting, licking, scratching, shaking? If your dog or cat seems to be doing a lot of this, it is a good indication that they may have fleas.

· Where to look? – Start by pushing back the fur around the neck and ears, then turn your pet over and check their belly and around their tails. If you don’t see any fleas check for bites or ‘flea dirt’, a black-brown dust that when wetted turns a reddish tinge. Get out the magnifying glass if you find this helps?

· White Sock Test – Check your home for fleas by slipping on a white pair of socks and walking in the areas of your home where your pet spends the most time. Fleas will jump on your feet and ankles and you’ll be able to detect their dark bodies against the white of your sock.

· Wash – everything (that is possible) your pet has come into contact with, including counter tops and door handles, and especially your bed if your pet sleeps with you!

· Spray – you can have this done professionally or spray a non-toxic, insect growth regulator (IGR) in your home.

· Vacuum – everything. Toss out the bags or thoroughly wash out the waste catcher.

· Treat – Call your vet and get your pet on a regular flee treating and prevention program. This way both your pet and your home will stay flea free all year round!


Above image courtesy of Novartis flea prevention solutions.

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