Animated fleaYou are probably shaking your head and wondering what in the world your pet’s food could possibly have to do with flea prevention. There are few times that the subject of “immune system” has not been in mentioned in previous articles.

Have you ever noticed that in some kennel situations, there are some dogs with fleas, and some without? Ever wonder why? You guessed it…IMMUNE SYSTEM.

Fleas are bloodsucking parasites and go after the weakest victims. For every flea you see on your pet, there are many more in the environment.

Effective flea control should include these three things:
 Topical product for your pet, such as PetLock Plus. Every flea in the environment has to crawl on the pet in order for these products to be effective. Making sure your pet is on the best food possible will help him have a stronger immune system.

Treating your home with sprays, room foggers, or even food-grade diatomaceous earth will help rid the environment of external parasites.

Don’t forget to treat the yard. There are several sprays, food grade diatomaceous earth, and other things available for the yard. Use caution; however, some of the flea products will also kill bees.

Be persistent with your efforts and don’t get discouraged. Flea eggs hatch out about every 30 days. So, treatments need to be repeated on a monthly basis.

A hard freeze is good on the fleas in the yard, but as long as the dog is coming in the house, the fleas will thrive indoors where it is warm.

We use a product called Flee Flea Flee, made by “Healthy Dogma” on our dogs. It is very effective as a repellent. It does not kill fleas, but makes the dog a lot less appealing.

Posted 7/6/2015

If you have any questions related to your pet’s nutrition, feel free to contact Donna Richardson at Richardson’s Feed and Pet Center, LLC by calling (502) 543-2874 or visiting her website at