Rub a small amount of petroleum jelly over the teeth of the flea comb,
and begin combing your pet; continue until you comb the entire pet.
Check for areas between the toes, armpits, behind the ears, and under
the neck. Put a white towel under your pet--it will make the fleas more
visible. Drop the fleas into a cup with alcohol when you are done, and empty
the cup and towel containing the fleas by flushing down the toilet.
A large flea infestation has to be treated aggressively.
Cats can die if an insecticide meant for dogs is used on cats.
Do the following until you find no traces of fleas on your pets or in your home:
Shampoo with Dawn dish liquid and baby shampoo and lather thoroughly
around the neck, ears and eyes. Leave the rest of the body dry at this point.
This prevents fleas from gathering at the ears, eyes, and face, where it is
difficult to shampoo safely. Let sit for a few minutes.
Do the same for the rest of the body.
Watch the water temperature as dogs can overheat easily.
Machine wash pets bedding in hot water once a week.
Vacuum your house thoroughly every other day.
These are critical steps because if you skimp on this, all your efforts from
the previous steps will be undone. The eggs that survived will hatch,
and the entire cycle will begin again.
Fleas live in the environment, and control must be aimed at getting rid
of fleas where they live. If you need help ask your vet.
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