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How to Get Rid of Fleas on Your Dog or Cat During Their Grooming Routine

How to Get Rid of Fleas on Cats and Dogs While Grooming

Spring brings sweet blooms, fresh-smelling grass and budding trees, but with spring also comes unwanted pests that disrupt all the fun. The best way to deal with fleas on dogs or cats is through the use of flea and tick preventatives. However, if you are noticing flea bites on your dog, or that your cat has fleas in her fur, then it is likely that there’s already a problem.

While you can use an oral or topical flea and tick treatment to eliminate the infestation, it is also a good idea to incorporate flea-removal tactics into your pet grooming routine to make sure you get them all off your pet and prevent any future reinfestation. We talked with Andrea Demetropoulos, owner of Rocco and Jezebel for Pets in Brooklyn Heights, NY, to learn more about ways you can remove fleas on cats and dogs while grooming them.

Grooming Tips to Remove Fleas on Dogs and Cats

To start you will want to bathe your pet in a shampoo or dip that has been specifically formulated to eliminate fleas. You can use the Sentry Natural Defense Flea Shampoo for fleas on dogs and Sentry PurrScriptions Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo for fleas on cats. Once your pet has been washed and dried, you should use a flea comb to start removing the fleas. Safari has a single-row flea comb for cats and a double-row flea comb for dogs that are very effective at removing fleas and parting hair so you can make sure you are getting them all. You will want to dispose of the fleas you have found in a warm bowl of water containing dish soap or detergent to make sure they are dead and not able to reinfest your home and pets.

After using the flea comb, you can then apply a dip like Adams Plus Flea & Tick Pyrethrin Pet Dip to your pet’s dry or damp coat, to double down on the removal process. You can also use the concentrated formula to kill ticks, gnats, lice, mosquitos and flies that may be making a home on your dog or cat.

To extend their protection from fleas, you can utilize some preventative options that act as repellents. VetriScience Vetri-Repel Spray contains a combination of Brazilian oils like lemongrass oil and cinnamon oil, which guard your pet from fleas, ticks, mosquitos and flies. If you want to use a topical flea and tick repellent spray that will leave your dog smelling fresh and clean, try Richard’s Organics Flea & Tick Spray for dogs, which contains cinnamon oil, rosemary oil, peppermint oil, cedar oil and clove oil. These great-smelling ingredients also work to kill fleas and ticks and repel mosquitos for 4 weeks.

An option available for dogs and cats is Ark Naturals Neem “Protect” Spray, which will not only protect your pets from pests and ease their itching, but it will also leave them smelling like nice.

Demetropoulos also says that owners need to be fastidious about watching for fleas and need to pay attention when their dog starts scratching incessantly. It’s always best to catch an outbreak sooner rather than later. Dogs and cats scratch often, but when you see them persistently scratching with vigor, it’s time to take a closer look—and don’t forget the flea comb!

Jasmine Chang has been a New York City-based fashion editor and consultant for over 25 years. She adores dogs because of their authenticity and the fact that they never judge what people wear. She lives in Brooklyn with her very spoiled Frenchie, Harry.