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It's flea season: Take time to protect your dogs and cats

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
April 26th, 2013
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Temperatures are warming up across the nation and for pet owners, this usually means one thing. All the fleas that hid out during the cold winter months will now be making a most unwelcome comeback. Your cat and dog will soon find it irresistible to bat away their ears with their back legs and engage in "excessive grooming." Fleas, especially to homes with pets are a given like ants at a picnic. There are a few things you can do to make sure you and your pets survive this microscopic siege.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - If you live in an area where it's hot all year round, you need to take the advice of many veterinarians and provide constant flea protection for your pet. 

In other words, you need to keeps your pet pest-free, kept as simple as possible as you will need to apply the treatment to your pet throughout the entire year.
 
Applying flea solutions that have long-lasting effects - consult your veterinarian or pet store, is probably your best bet. There are crèmes, shampoos and solutions that you will only need to apply to your cat or dog once a month.
 
If you're worried about missing a spot when you apply spot on solutions, you can also use oral flea pills to give your pet quick pest relief. Some of these treatments begin working within 30 minutes and render all fleas dead within four hours. Again, some oral flea pills only last for 24 hours, meaning if you live in a hot region and need protection every single day of the year, it's probably easier to use the spot on treatment.
 
Perhaps the easiest way to provide non-stop protection for your pet is to use a long-lasting flea collar, which releases flea and tick repelling chemicals for up to six months. You can place the collar on your pet, and they'll be protected for months.
 
For those who live in rainy areas, you need to keep your pet flea-free even during a rain shower. Just apply the spot on solution once a month and you're good to go. That fact is good to know for those living in hot and dry climates as well. Let your dog swim in that lake or jump in front of that garden hose! Your pet will still be protected from fleas afterwards.
 
If you're set on not providing your pet with year round flea protection, we recommend you begin treatment on your pet a few months before the peak flea season for your area.

Fleas are closely followed by their kinfolk, the tic, as in "flea and tic season." The tic, with its potential to spread Lyme disease, will be examined in another essay . Watch this space!

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