When you live in a TRULY pet-friendly apartment community, you have to take the good with the bad. In case you need a visual for this belief, point those eyes to the lines below.
• Pet Park. Exercise for your pups and the opportunity to meet other ‘pet people’.
• No Breed Restrictions (If you find a place like this, give them a hug from pet lovers everywhere.)
• Designated pet relief areas. No more disapproving looks from those pet-less weirdos (am I right?) when Sparky needs to relieve himself.
• Tenants who neglect to pick up after their pets.
• More pets means more fleas.
When it comes to fleas, every summer there seems to be a mad dash to the nearest pet super store for drops, sprays, powders and pills to fight off the sudden appearance of these pests. Not every pet owner is aware of the flea life cycle and can commit a major no-no when it comes to flea protection. That mistake? Treating your pet for fleas only after they’re already infested. Administering some form of flea protection, at least once a month, is necessary when you live in areas with high volumes of pets and people. This will kill any fleas currently hanging around as well as preventing the little monsters from hatching in the first place. Preventative flea treatment will destroy eggs, larvae and adult fleas and is the key to putting an end to flea season. Yes, it means buying a few extra boxes of flea prevention a year, but you’ll be saving your furry babies and yourself from a summer invasion.
You can’t make every pet owner in your community comply with these rules, but you can safeguard your own pets and home. We suggest making it easy on yourself and choosing an all-in-one heartworm, hookworm and flea preventative in pill form for your animals. This will knock out all of your monthly treatments at once without leaving your dog or cat greasy from neck to tail. After vacuuming your home, treat your carpet and upholstery according to the products instructions. Raid Flea Killer Plus Carpet and Room Spray is less than $10 and easily applied. Be sure to keep children and pets away from treated areas for the designated times.
If your pet needs instant relief, look no further than your Dawn dish soap. Soap them up in the tub, neck first, and scrub until the skin has been reached. Let the soap sit on your pet for 10 or so minutes and rinse. Dead fleas will wash away as you rinse. Repeat this process until no more fleas appear in the tub as you rinse. (Wait a few days after washing your pet to apply liquid flea preventative, if that’s what you use. Their skin’s natural oils need to replenish in order to properly distribute the treatment.)
So remember, you can avoid the stress and irritation of a major flea problem with a monthly preventative for your pets. Now your pet-friendly apartment rental community can stay that way, one responsible pet owner at a time.