We’ve all been there… lazing away on the couch with your fur baby letting time pass you by slowly, without care. It’s a blissful bonding moment and everything is perfect… until you run your hands through your pet’s fur and feel a small bump.
And then another.
And now you understand why your pet’s been furiously scratching itself every chance it gets. Your neck skin crawls as you see your pet covered in ticks or lice or fleas or all of them.
Don’t worry. Some would say this is a normal rite of passage for all pet owners.
Our pets, eventually, will have fleas, ticks or lice. And it doesn’t really matter what pet you have. Be it a dog, a cat, a hamster, a rabbit, a bird, even snakes get an infestation if left unattended.
Yes, even reptiles get ticks.
But just because it happens to pets doesn’t mean you should just let it. Your pets don’t have any chance at all with these pests on their body. And you need to move fast because these little buggers multiply at an alarming rate!
The sole responsibility of getting rid of fleas, ticks and lice lies on your shoulders.
First, use a flea comb. This is an effective way to remove fleas on a daily basis. This should remove the vast majority of fleas, ticks and lice found on your pet’s fur. Make sure you have a basin of water ready where you can dunk the comb in regularly to drown those pesky pests.
Next, give your pet a proper bath. One of the reasons why pets don’t like baths is because of the bad feelings they have behind it. Perhaps something frightened them and instead of enjoying baths, they avoid it at all costs. But you will still need to give them a bath to remove fleas, lice and ticks.
Prepare a large tub of water and coax your pet in by offering treats. We can discuss how to do this at a later date. Send us an email for topics you want to be covered in the future. The objective is to get them inside the tub and calm enough to start the actual bath. The water should just be enough to reach up to your pet’s knees. Pour water slowly onto your pet’s neck down to the neck so those little critters can’t cross over to the eyes, ears, nose and other sensitive areas that are hard to clean. Use flea shampoo that your veterinarian recommends and make sure you rub it into your pet’s fur down to the skin. Shampoo thoroughly and leave it on for at least 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it off. Make sure you comfort your pet during this time so that they are not too anxious. Towel dry and apply flea powder. Make this a regular habit.
Clean their beddings and other areas they visit frequently. There are flea medicines that you apply to your pet’s back that makes them a walking flea/tick/lice killing-machine. This spreads throughout their fur and wherever they go,
they’ll leave some of the medicine behind.
You can also give them a tablet that effectively makes them
toxic to fleas for up to 3 months. With enough vigilance, you should be able to
eradicate the flea problem.
Lastly, if you don’t want to go through the trouble of getting rid of fleas
from your home by yourself, you could always get the services of a
professional exterminator. They’re well-equipped to handle any case.