Veterinarians now say that flea protection should be applied year round.

It is much easier to prevent fleas than to get rid of them. Talk to your vet to find out what treatment he recommends. Personally, I like Advantage. I use it on my dogs and cats and have had great success with it.

Even if you have indoor only cats, they can still get fleas. Fleas often travel through our homes on field mice. If there our cats in the home they can easily take up residence. Heat and humidity make a great breeding ground for these parasites, so summer is their peak season. Even if you are using a monthly prevention, it’s good to check your pets fur for anything that looks like black specks, called flea dirt. If you do find fleas, make sure you find out from your vet what they recommend for home treatment. Many products  sold in stores are not safe for cats. Be wary of products labeled natural. Just because it’s natural, doesn’t always make it non- toxic. Avoid flea collars and flea shampoos as well. They are not effective and can cause severe allergic reactions especially on cats.

If you do buy Advantage, shop around for the best price. Online is often cheaper than in pet stores.

You can win the war on fleas, just remember the best defense is a good offense.