April 16, 2018 | General
It’s that time again…the ever-so pesky flea season is upon us. Are you prepared?
For the entire month of May, we offering 20% off on all the flea prevention products we carry. Stock up, and save! Protect your home and your furry friends from those pesky parasites. Your pets will thank you. Hurry, this offer ends May 31st!
Overall, fleas can cause a wide variety of problems for you and your beloved pets, other than itchy bug bites. Left untreated, fleas can cause your pets serious health problems. So what do you do? How can you treat this issue? The answer is this: Treat your pet AND treat your home. Most topical treatments for pets cause the fleas to die AFTER they have bitten your pet, but don’t keep them off. Fleas that reside in your yards and carpets will still bite you and your pets.
Where can you find products to bulk up your arsenal against the pests? You can find some right here at The Animal Keeper and Pet Suites! We carry a variety of products so you can find what would work best for your pets and home. Here are some of the items we carry (products may vary by location):
Flea Treats are daily vitamin B complex supplement that contains no hormones or pesticides. In a few weeks your pet develops a natural repellent that keeps fleas away. This treat works on dogs & cats.
The Vet’s Best Line of products uses a unique blend of natural ingredients and essential oils that smell great, and keeps fleas away. Their line includes: Pet Shampoo, Pet Spray, Home Spray, and Yard Spray. The pet shampoo & pet spray is safe for dogs & cats!
A naturally occurring substance that has multiple uses and is a bug killer. Diatomaceous Earth comes in many varieties. The best kind to use for Fleas is Diatomeaceous Earth that is “food grade”. This kind is safe to use in your home. “Food-grade” also means that it’s edible, although we don’t recommend eating it (it probably doesn’t taste very good).
Seresto is an easy-to-use, odorless collar that kills and repels fleas and ticks for 8 continuous months. It also aids in the treatment and control of sarcoptic mange and kills lice. Seresto collars are for use on DOGS only.
K9 Advantix II for dogs
K9 Advantix II is a monthly topical application that kills and repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. It’s especially for broad spectrum protection against these ectoparasites that can transmit diseases. K9 Advantix II is a topical flea treatment that kills fleas through contact, so fleas do not have to bite to die. K9 Advantix is for use on DOGS only.
Advantage II for cats
Advantage II is a topical flea control for cats that kills fleas through contact, so fleas do not have to bite to die. Advantage II kills fleas rapidly within 12 hours of initial application. Re-infesting fleas are killed within 2 hours with protection against further flea infestation lasting for up to a month.
Did you possibly see a flea on Fido after your walk? Use a flea comb to comb through your pets’ fur to help find any fleas or flea dirt.
Powders? Sprays? Shampoos? How do you go about using all of these items? We’ve taken measures and have studied our variety of products and used them in our own homes.
We’ve come up with the following solution:
Start by a light dusting of diatomaceous earth around your home, on your carpets, bare floors, and your pet’s bedding (or wherever your pet sleeps). You can even sprinkle some on your pet (take care to not get any in their eyes). Only use the food-grade quality as the pool filter grade is toxic. Give a little bit of time after sprinkling then vacuum everything. Be extra generous with the vacuuming. Follow up by spraying your floors with Vet’s Best Home Spray just to make sure you get any stragglers. Make sure to also treat your yards with the Vet’s Best Yard spray. Accessorize your pet with the Seresto collar. After they’ve worn it for a few days, start giving them the Flea Treat supplement. This should help clear your pets, and your home environment of those blood-sucking parasites. Please note that this is only a suggestion and results may vary. You can always tailor our suggestion to best suit your home, your needs, and your family’s needs.
Please note that if you decide to use any products that contain chemicals:
This advisory is per Dr. Karen Becker DVM. Check out her website for more information.