We’re all familiar with the saying “prevention is better than cure.” When it comes to fleas, prevention is definitely better than finding these parasites feasting on your pet and invading your home. Especially when you do the arithmetic: One female flea can lay up to 50 eggs every day! And a flea‘s lifecycle can last anywhere from a few weeks to months. We’re totally on board with being proactive and following a flea prevention and control program for our pets. It’s what’s best for our furry friend’s health – and our sanity! So follow these simple steps to protect your precious pets from fleas.

Flea Spot-on Treatments

One of the most popular ways to prevent fleas from making a tasty meal of your pet is by applying a monthly spot-on treatment onto your pooch or kitty’s body. These treatments work by quickly killing fleas already on pets – and by repelling any fleas that had plans to join them!

Now we know a lot of pet parents are concerned about putting chemicals onto their cats or dogs. So if you’re one of them, you may want to consider using a product made from natural ingredients. One to try for dogs is Vet’s Best Flea & Tick Spot-On Drops topical treatment. It’s made from a blend of certified natural oils like clove, thyme, and cinnamon. We like that it kills ticks too – as do most of Vet’s Best pest control products.

As well as checking labels carefully for ingredients, read the directions for usage and any precautions listed. For instance, it’s important to give your pet the right dosage for their weight. Treat all pets in your household at the same time. And, MOST IMPORTANT, do not to treat your cat with a flea product for dogs. Because flea products for cats and dogs are formulated differently, it could be lethal for your feline buddy.

Flea Shampoo

Now if you have an indoor pet, you may be thinking you don’t need to use any flea control products. Our advice? If you want to be thorough, you will! Because fleas can “hitchhike” into your home by clinging to your – or any visitors – clothes or shoes.

In this scenario, if you suddenly find your furry buddy has fleas, use an anti-flea shampoo to get rid of the nasty critters. Then wait a couple of days before you start your pet on monthly spot-on treatments. (You don’t want to use more than one flea control product at a time.) Vet’s Best makes an anti-flea spray shampoo for dogs that’s so easy to use and a waterless shampoo for cats (because we all know cats and water don’t mix!)

We have more tips on our blog about how to check your pet for fleas and fighting fleas in your home and yard We also have similar information about dealing with ticks.