The need to apply flea medication to indoor animals is a common idea that pet owners question. If my cat or dog is indoors all day, then why does she need flea medication? The truth is that, even when kept inside, your pet can suffer from fleas. It is important that you take care of your pet, indoors and outdoors.

Fleas are pesky. Once they infest an area, it can take weeks of hard work to get rid of them. Two adult fleas can produce tons and tons of little baby fleas. Once a flea bites your pet, you can bet it will only get worse. Animals suffer from flea bites in different ways. Some animals itch and experience skin irritation, while others experience allergic reactions. In some cases, fleas can even cause tapeworms.

Many people wonder how fleas can affect a pet that is kept indoors. It’s simple: fleas like to go for rides. If you are outside and a flea attaches to your clothing, you can be sure he will hang on and welcome himself into your home. All it takes is brief contact with a flea to transport him wherever he wants to go. Even leaving your door open for a brief amount of time can be inviting to a flea population. For this reason, indoor pets need to be treated for fleas in the same way you would treat an outdoor pet. Do not wait until you spot a flea before you start treatment. Once you notice a flea on your dog, then there is a possibility that you already have an infestation.

Unbeknownst to you, your pet may have fleas. If your pet is scratching or you notice dark, dry flecks on your pet, then he may be experience fleas. If you suspect that your pet is a host, then contact your veterinarian immediately. Your vet can instruct you on what steps need to be taken and what medications work best. The first step is treating your pet. Your house may be hosting fleas, but your pet is the one currently suffering. Follow your vet’s suggestions on how to rid your pet of fleas. There are a few different ways to treat fleas; a flea dip or special shampoo may be recommended.

You must realize early on that fleas will not simply go away. If your home is infested, then it can take weeks for you to get rid of all of them. You should thoroughly clean the house, focusing on your pet’s favorite places. If he sleeps on certain blankets or bedding, then those need to be washed weekly or bi-weekly until all signs of fleas are gone. You should also wash your own bedding, since fleas spread quickly throughout the house. Disinfectant can be used to clean the floors, kitchen, and bathrooms. In some cases, you may need to call a professional exterminator to spray your home. This can be costly, but it is effective. If you suspect that your pet picked up a flea in your yard, then have the exterminator spray around the outside of your home.

Once you get rid of the infestation, then you need to make sure that you treat your pet for fleas regularly, whether or not he has them. There are many monthly treatments that are easily applied to the back of your animal’s neck or given in pill form. There are also medication flea shampoos. Sometimes, these shampoos can dry out your pet’s skin. Unless your pet requires constant grooming, it is not a good idea to bathe him more than twice a month. Whichever application you choose, follow the directions carefully. Some medications are safe for dogs but deadly to cats. The last thing you want is a sick or itchy pet.

It may seem absurd to apply flea medication on your indoor pet. However, it is completely necessary. If your house is infiltrated by fleas, getting rid of them is a time-consuming process. If you suspect your pet has fleas, then contact your veterinarian immediately. Your vet can instruct you on how to get rid of the pests and keep them away. Always follow your vet’s directions and the label directions for a flea-treatment product. After that, start a routine and say bye to future fleas!

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