• Prevent a Flea Infestation

    The very best way to treat fleas is to do all you can to prevent an infestation from invading your home and endangering your pet. There are steps you can take around your house and in the places your pet spends a lot of time. But the best place to start is with your dog or cat.

    Think fleas year round.
    While colder weather may limit your pet’s outdoor time, it’s important to think of fleas as a year-round problem. This means regular use of a flea and tick product is essential. When you do, you can protect your dog or cat from having to suffer through an infestation.
    Total pet protection.
    There are several different types of products available to treat fleas and prevent infestation that you can make part of a monthly routine. These include topical squeeze-on products, a flea and tick collar, shampoo, powder and spray. These products use a variety of different active ingredients, all of which are considered pesticides, because they kill pests like fleas and ticks.
    Read the label.
    If pesticides are misused, they can harm your pet! ALWAYS read the label of any pesticide product you use and follow directions carefully. Pay close attention to weight and age restrictions. Only use products made specifically for the species of pet you have. Never use products for dogs on cats. Learn more at www.sergeants.com/lookatthelabel.
    Keep pets groomed.
    Whether it’s a bath, a brushing or a good once over, it’s important to pay close attention to your dog’s and cat’s grooming. Making sure they’re clean — especially after spending time outdoors — goes a long way in preventing fleas on dogs and cats.
    Keep bedding and carpets clean.
    Fleas like to be close to places where they can find plenty to eat. So it’s important to keep your cat and dog’s favorite spots clean. Wash bedding regularly. Vacuum rugs and carpets frequently and empty canisters and bags. Outside keep dogs on a leash or away from shrubs and bedding material that can hide fleas at all their nasty stages.

    Think your pet has fleas? Follow these step-by-step instructions to check your pet for fleas.