ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

What to do when your dog, cat or other pet brings home fleas

In warm weather, fleas like to set up shop in your pet's fur. Dogs and cats can bring them home after romping around outside with infested friends or in areas where squirrels or other wild animals frequent. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams has tips on how to get rid of fleas on your pet and in your home.

Black lab on couch
Keep fleas off your pet and out of your home in warm weather
We are part of The Trust Project.

ROCHESTER — When you see Fido or Fluffy scratching away at their fur, your beloved pet may be dealing with fleas. The insects thrive in warm, humid weather and are ready to make a feast out of their host's blood, including yours. Flea bites on people may swell and itch.

How can you get rid of fleas on your pet, in your home and on you? The process can be quite a chore because of the life cycle of fleas.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website has helpful information for getting rid of them. If you believe your pet has fleas and has brought them into your home, the CDC recommends:

  • Cleaning: Thoroughly wash areas where fleas breed. Wash pet bedding, people bedding and rugs. Vacuum floors and carpets and wash the edge of walls.
  • Treat your pet: Treat all pets in your home. Give them a bath with soap and water. Then use a flea comb. Fleas like your pet's face, neck and area above the tail. Consult your veterinarian about flea control products.
  • Home treatment: Treat your home when you treat your pet, as it will help disrupt the flea life cycle. Vacuum and clean often, including furniture upholstery. The CDC suggests consulting a licensed pets control applicator.
  • Follow-up: A flea's life cycle includes the egg, larval, pupa and adult phases. You need two or more follow-up treatments in order to get rid of them. Regular cleaning and vacuuming during this time works best.
Health_Fusion-1400x1400.jpg

ADVERTISEMENT

Follow the  Health Fusion podcast on  Apple,   Spotify and  Google podcasts. For comments or other podcast episode ideas, email Viv Williams at  vwilliams@newsmd.com. Or on Twitter/Instagram/FB @vivwilliamstv.

MORE HEALTH FUSION:
Drinking liquid in hot weather is key to avoiding heat-related illness. How much do you need and what should you drink? In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion," Viv Williams gets heatwave hydration info from an Emergency Medicine doctor.

What to read next
The Detroit Record used to advertise hair food. Yes, you read that right. Ayer's Hair Vigor, food for the hair that cured dandruff, falling hair and restored all of the hair's rich color of early life was advertised in a 1905 issue of the paper, but as one Sanford Health family nurse practitioner said, men experiencing baldness today should probably stick to Rogaine or Minoxidil.
Biophilia is becoming an increasingly popular principle in integrative medicine as researchers are finding health benefits associated with spending time outside.
"Minding Our Elders" columnist Carol Bradley Bursack advises a reader who wants support and to talk to others in this position, but doesn't want to get "mired in the negative."
Acute and chronic pain are unrelated and must be treated as such, says author of new book on the complexity of chronic pain and the need for a multispecialty, non-opioid model of chronic pain treatment.