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Fleas can be a nuisance for the holidays

Friday, December 20th, 2013
Issue 51, Volume 17.

RIVERSIDE COUNTY – "When the weather starts to get cooler people may think they are through with fleas for the year. However, we often see pets with fleas during the holidays. They are a nuisance to pets and owners alike and now is the time to get rid of them," according to Dr. Laurainne Haenni, D.V.M.

Fleas are not killed until there is a good hard freeze. That might not happen if we have a mild winter, according the veterinariansí long-time experience. The fleas may have died outside but the heat inside of homes will keep them alive and reproducing all winter if you donít act to eliminate them.

Dr. Haenni suggested that pet owners treat the entire petís environment – any place the pet has walked, any room where the pet has been needs to be totally clean. The veterinarian suggests that we see only 5 percent of Advertisement
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the "grand total" of the flea infestation.

She suggests a person vacuum the house (empty the vacuum bag outside), mop hard surfaces, and wash all bedding. Again, "anywhere" the pet has been can be a place for fleas to flourish, Dr. Haenni said.

"There is a special spray for fleas and ticks. If a pet owner is going to use such a spray, right now would be the time as this could be the highest numbers of fleas for the year."

"Fleas are not just a problem for dogs. Cats can often have fleas," Dr. Haenni said.

"Cats often donít have the symptoms, nor do they scratch, and yet they can have fleas," she concluded.

According to Dr. Haenni, prevention is the best action for fleas.

If your pet does get fleas, all you can do is treat properly and then prevent additional occurrences by cleaning everything within the petís environment.



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