Flea season hitting Valley pets hard

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This summer could be a bad one for pet owners, more fleas seem to be invading the valley.

“The fleas are definitely worse this year, we did hear with the humidity and the heat levels eggs are hatching a lot faster the breeding is happening a lot faster,” Dominique Mitchell a sales associate at Whitie’s Pets said Friday.

Mitchell said she’s seeing a lot of first time customers.

“They said that they’ve never had a flea problem in their lives or ‘my dogs never had fleas and all of a sudden I have this outbreak. It’s in my house, it’s in my couches, it’s getting crazy,'” she said.

She said so bad, the store is constantly having to restock.

“Our diatomaceous earth we’re usually able to keep for two weeks on the shelf and we can’t even keep it three days,” she said.

Dr. Eve Beth Shaw with 24/7 PetVets recommended getting a handle on the problem, and keeping it in check with a monthly topical product.

“The chemicals that are out their to use on your pets are very safe. They’re very effective and as long as they’re used properly than they’re relatively a good choice,” she said.

People at Woodward Park said they’ve been prepared.

“I usually buy three months (of medicine) at a time and I get it from the vet,” Lynn Whitt said.

“We’ve never noticed any issues with him, but we’ve only had him for two years. But we’re pretty careful with keeping up with the flea medication,” Jon Malepsy said.

Even if fleas are not a problem yet, preventative medication and collars are recommended.

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