Flea Management in a Professional Setting

 

It’s that time of year again – while spring means Easter, lambs and flowers it also means fleas! Thankfully, due to regular use of effective flea treatments, flea infestations these days are fairly rare. It is however something that most professional groomers will have to deal with on occasion.

Upon discovering that your canine client has fleas you have two options – refuse your services or actively deal with the flea infestation yourself. There is no right choice – indeed many groomers have a policy of refusing to groom a flea-infested dog.

If you do choose deal with the infestation yourself, however, here’s some helpful hints and tips on the process:

  1. Work quickly. Bathe the dog immediately so the fleas do not get the opportunity to disperse themselves across your salon. Keep the dog quarantined if possible.
  2. Put a thick ring of anti-flea shampoo around the dog’s neck to stop escaping fleas assembling on the dog’s head.
  3. Use a thick coating of anti-flea shampoo, lathering it up with lots of suds. Ensure the shampoo covers the entirety of the coat.
  4. Rinse the coat very thoroughly – use a sprayer right up next to the skin to remove as many fleas as possible down the drain.
  5. Bathe the dog with anti-flea shampoo for a second time and leave the product to soak on the coat for 5 – 10 minutes to suffocate any remaining fleas, then rinse thoroughly once again.
  6. Thoroughly clean your whole salon, including vacuuming and flea spray in the process.

Preventing Fleas Effectively 

With fleas, it is important to tackle the problem with the owners directly. To fully eradicate fleas, a focus is needed on their whole life cycle, looking at both the animal and its environment. Encourage the usage of a flea treatment such as Frontline regularly in combination with an insect repellent shampoo such as Groomers Ridasect, (a powerful insect repellent with no harsh chemicals). Owners should also vacuum at home regularly, as vacuuming collects up to 95% of fleas at every stage of their life cycle.

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