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Our mission at Doggie Styles is to provide quality 
grooming, exceptional customer service and peace 
of mind in a safe, clean and friendly enviroment.

The Ferocious Flea

 

Fleas are very hardy, blood sucking creatures
that have been around for about one hundred
million years. Fleas can live for a long time without
food, but they must have blood from a host animal
to live and reproduce. Fleas are voracious eaters. A
female flea consumes fifteen times her body weight in blood daily. Once they have a blood meal, the female fleas begin to lay eggs.Twenty five adult

female fleas can produce as many as a quarter of a million fleas in just thirty days!

Fleas are “Bad News”


If your pet gets fleas, it’s not just an annoyance;
it can lead to very serious consequences. Flea bites
are really painful and can cause severe allergic
reactions in pets, leading to intense scratching,
irritated and inflamed skin, flea bite dermatitis, and
secondary skin infections.
In extreme cases your pet could become anemic
from flea bites. Fleas prefer pets, but they will bite humans as well. Fleas have also been responsible
for transmitting tapeworms and the diseases Murine
Typhus and Bubonic Plague, to both pets and
humans.


My pet seldom goes outside. How could he get fleas?


Fleas really get around. Fleas cannot fly, but they
can jump 150 times their own length. They can easily hop on your pet - or on you. Fleas and flea
eggs can be brought into your home on your shoes
or clothing. They can even hitch a ride on common items like blankets or beach towels that have come
in contact with the ground.


I can’t see fleas on my pet, but he
is scratching all over.


Even if you don’t see a flea, your pet could be
reacting to flea bites. If you see little dark specks on

your pet that look like pepper, that is flea dirt (feces) and
proves that fleas are present. If you see fleas or evidence
of fleas, act immediately to eliminate them.


How can I get rid of fleas?


To effectively control fleas, you must treat all the pets
in your household and also their indoor and outdoor
environment.


Won’t the fleas die when the weather
gets colder?


NO. If you have a flea problem in your home, it will not
go away on it’s own. The temperature of your home is
ideal for flea reproduction year round.


There are so many flea products.
What should I use?


Flea shampoos can be very effective at killing fleas, but
have little residual effect to keep fleas off your pet. Some
are safe enough to be used on puppies and kittens. Flea
combs are very effective at removing fleas off your pet
and can be used on a pet of any age.
There are any number of sprays, collars, powders, and
dips on the market for flea control. Some are made with
all natural ingredients and others may contain powerful
chemical pesticides. Always read and follow the products
labels.


Never use anything on puppies, kittens, or
cats, unless it is approved for use on them.


What about homeopathic remedies?


Some homeopathic remedies (like brewers yeast, garlic,
and apple cider vinegar) and herbs are reported to help
control fleas, but often times they produce less than desired results.
For flea control in your home there are flea traps, a
multitude of flea sprays and foggers, and also natural
products like diatomaceous earth or sodium borate.

Aromatic cedar chips in your pets bedding will help repel
fleas.
These products all have their place in the war on fleas, but don’t just blindly try one after another. Contact “Doggie Styles” and ask our advice on flea control. We are very
knowledgeable and can recommend the best course of
action that will eliminate fleas on your pet and in your home.
With help from the “Doggie Styles” staff, you can break
the flea’s life cycle and keep them from torturing your pet
and possibly transmitting a disease to them or to you.


Conquering the Ferocious Flea.
Attack - Surround - Defeat!


When you are fighting fleas, it is indeed a war. You must
treat everywhere that fleas live and reproduce.
Start by eliminating the fleas on your pet. Ideally, you
can schedule an appointment for your pet with “Doggie Styles” while you, or a professional exterminator, thoroughly de-flea your home, yard, and car.
Wash all of your pet’s bedding in hot, soapy water.
Vacuum your carpets and furniture thoroughly, then seal and throw away the vacuum bag. Steam cleaning your
carpets and upholstery is also helpful in removing biting
fleas and their eggs.
Treat your entire home with flea foggers or a spray
designed for indoor use.
Make sure that they contain ingredients to kill adult fleas
and also an IGR (insect growth regulator) to kill the other
life cycle stages. Follow the directions exactly.
Treat your yard with spray or pelleted insecticide
(also containing insect growth regulator).
When you are finished, your pet and his environment
should be completely free of fleas.