My Dog Has Fleas. What Should I Do?
If fleas have found their way into your home, you need to start a complete flea control program immediately. Fleas live on the blood of your pets, but they can just as well bite you or other human members of your family.
Health Issues Caused by Fleas
Sure, a flea bite can be annoying, but it can also carry with it some much more serious health issues:
- Skin allergies
- Spread of disease
- Transmission of tapeworms
A Three-Point Preventive Flea Control Program
Treatment of Pets - You will need to treat any pet that can contract fleas. This doesn't include birds, reptiles, and small, furry pets. There are many safe and effective products for adult pets as well as puppies and kittens, and you can even find flea treatments for pet ferrets and rabbits.
Treatment of the entire house, car, or motor home - For house and vehicle treatment, begin with a very thorough vacuuming. Be sure to get under everything, even the things you might not expect – beds, couches, rugs, etc. Don't forget the basement or garage! When finished, be sure to throw out the vacuum bag – preferably, outside of your home – to prevent the pests from crawling back into your home. After cleaning, use a professional bomb or premise spray according to the label directions. Treat the entire area, even places not frequented by your pet. You may need to vacuum and treat furniture according to the manufacturers' recommendations as well. Be sure to remove all pets and family members from the area while spraying until it is safe to return.
Treatment of the yard - Don't forget your pet's outdoor environment. Treat as much of the yard as possible with a professional flea spray, and make sure to follow all listed directions. Treat areas where your pet spends time, including decks or dog houses. Fleas love to hide in bark dust and leaf litter as well, so be thorough in your extermination!
For safe and effective use, always read and follow the label directions for all flea control products to properly protect your home and garden, and feel free to consult our parasite prevention page for more detail on deterring these pests.
Need More Information?
Learn how to identify fleas on your pet and get tips for keeping your home flea-free. For more information on fleas and their prevention, take a look at our dedicated flea page or ask your local veterinarian.