Since fleas are a fact of life for patients and pet owners alike, veterinary professionals can help clients better understand the risks fleas pose and how to deal with them—often before the client is even aware of the problem.
1: First, a reality check
First, you might begin your discussion by helping clients learn about the ideal conditions for fleas to thrive. In the western and southern U.S., fleas are a year-round problem. In areas that are very hot or very cold, repeated flea infestations are rare. Clients should be vigilant for warning signs of fleas, including pets who are biting, scratching or licking themselves, or pets with itchy skin or sores.
2: More fleas than meet the eye
Next, you can teach your clients that the adult fleas they see are only the tip of the iceberg. The flea has a four-stage life cycle. Adult fleas lay 20-30 eggs per day, which fall off their host and nestle in carpets and bedding, as well as outdoor areas where domestic and feral animals may visit or live (for example, beneath decks of homes or in crawl spaces). There, the flea lives out its larva and pupa stages, largely unseen. So, if a client sees fleas on their pets, there are certainly more on the way.
3: Fleas can be dangerous, not just irritating
Veterinary professionals should help their clients understand that fleas pose more danger to pets and humans than simply leaving irritating, itchy bites. Flea infestations may cause serious allergic reactions and bacterial skin infections. Even worse, they may transmit parasites and cause symptoms such as anemia, weight loss and lethargy in pets.
4: Flea control needs a strategic plan
Having taught your clients about the scope and consequences of untreated flea infestations, you may now help them develop a strategic plan to help end current and future infestations. Breaking the life cycle of the flea is crucial. In addition to killing the live fleas on pets, clients must also clean their pets’ bedding, and vacuum areas inside the home where flea eggs may fall. Most importantly, clients must treat outdoor areas with non-toxic, chemical-free products to kill fleas in their larval stage. A microorganism-based solution such as Flea Destroyer offers an all-natural option that will not harm pets or humans.
5: You’re here to help
You may end your “flea speech” by inviting your clients to rely on your experience. You can be the expert to put an end to their flea troubles. By recommending Flea Destroyer, you will help your clients avoid products that may be unsafe for certain animals. Remind them that without a comprehensive plan to kill fleas on their pets as well as indoors and outdoors where they live and breed, they will not be able to provide their pets with a home free of fleas.
For more information about adding Flea Destroyer’s chemical-free, microorganism-based, larva-killing capability to your recommended solutions, call 310-952-5047 or visit fleadestroyer.com.