Coming up with a Flea Treatment plan
If you're trying to find a way to control fleas, you need to develop a plan. You'll need to do more than one thing - picking a single method of attack will not get rid of your fleas. Multiple methods are the better route - the only problem is that you don't want to just throw everything in the pet store at your dog or cat. Using too many chemicals is a bad idea - try to come up with a multi-pronged plan instead.
A plan should have a couple of characteristics. First, you need to limit the number of chemical methods you will use to get rid of fleas. At most, one or two chemical products should come in contact with your pet. Some people may be uncomfortable using any at all. Dogs and cats are not meant to be showered with multiple chemicals, and anything that is a poison to fleas can also hurt your pet. At the same time, most chemical products are pretty safe for use with your pet - the problem comes when you go overboard. Flea collars, flea shampoo, sprays, flea control chemicals - all of these are in the same category, and you should pick one or two that you think will be effective.
After you've chosen one of these, look into some of the other non-chemical means of treatment suggested on this site. Vacuuming frequently, giving your pet a bath without shampoo to drown fleas, using various non-chemical products on the yard or bedding areas, or washing any sheets or bedding your animal sleeps on are all options that can be used in conjunction with chemical-based products. They will increase the overall effectiveness of your efforts, and they can't do any harm to your pet. If you just try one thing, it will take a lot longer to get rid of your infestation.
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