With winter’s cold weather, a few lucky areas of the country experienced some relief from fleas. But with spring upon us, flea season will unfortunately be back in full swing in no time.
During the spring, wildlife is more active, making it more likely for wild animals to spread fleas to pets. With the onset of good weather, families are more likely to head out to dog parks, the beach or hiking areas where there are sure to be other dogs. One quick sniff could lead to a flea or two hopping onto your dog. With a nice blood meal, a female flea can start to lay eggs. She can lay as many as 40 to 50 eggs per day. Eggs can land on your carpet, under furniture and anywhere in your house. In as little time as three weeks, you may find yourself dealing with a major flea infestation.
So, how do pet owners win the battle against fleas? The Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends year round vigilance in the fight against fleas. There are many different pet medications that can be used to prevent a full blown flea infestation. Using these medications year round will keep you, your pets and your home virtually flea-free.
Medications such as Frontline Plus, Revolution, Capstar and Advantage flea control remove fleas in 4 to 24 hours after they are applied. However, unless you follow up on this initial application, your pet can easily become reinfested. Speak to your veterinarian about the best flea preventative for your individual pet.