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PREVENTION IS CURE! How To Get ahead of any outbreaks!

remember the acronym: FLEA

Banish those buggers from your home

          • Did you know that 10 fleas can grow into 250,000 fleas in just 1 month?

          • It is so important to keep your home clean, and not give the fleas any chance to start multiplying! 

- Vacuum regularly: You should already be doing this with having a pet at home. And, you get rid of fleas while removing your pet's hair!  Make a plan to vacuum regularly, we recommend at least once a week, and stick to it! 

- Wash bedding regularly: If your pet sleeps with you in your bed or in your bedroom, you should consider washing your bedding at least once every 2 weeks. It might be too late if you're scratching and itching without realizing that you are mirroring your pet's action! 

  • Brush your pet's fur 

- Use a flea comb (or your fingers) to brush deep through your pet's fur. Watch for any fleas that jump out.  

  • Set a phone reminder for after nature walks

- Just as you check yourself for fleas or ticks after every nature hike, the same goes for your pal! If it helps, set a reminder on your phone so that you don't bring these nasty fellas inside your home!

  • Investigate a scratching pet

- Check for fleas

- Check for hotspots

- Find the culprit:

1) Is it their food?

2) Is it an allergy?

get alerted before outbreaks occur

  • Download theScollar app for iOS or Android and get alerts on your smart phone!
  • Our Flea and Tick Risk Calendar can help you prevent the next outbreak!


Scollar flea and tick calendar

stop fleas from causing bigger issues

  • The saying "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" is really true with fleas.  

  • By treating your home and pets early, you can avoid larger health issues like:

- Allergic reactions

- Hair loss

- Blood loss

- Hot spots

- Anxiety

- Tapeworms

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ways for you to treat your pet when an outbreak happens

treat your pet naturally

          • There are many ways you can use what you have in your pantry to make a safe and natural shampoo for your pet.

          • These homemade remedies are a good first step to keep your pets away from any pharmaceutical products.  

- Dish soap: Wash your pet with some dish soap, followed by a warm bath.

- Apple cider vinegar: Mix 6 part apple cider vinegar to 4 part water and spraying it on your pet's coat.

- Essential oils: You may dilute rosemary, lavender, peppermint or tea tree oil with water and spray it on your pet's coat. (Check the dilution ratio, as essentials oils can be harmful to your pet!)

  • Make sure to check and remove dead fleas, eggs and larvaefrom their fur. 


  • There are many different products you can choose to treat your pet with. Always consult your pet's veterinarian when you're in doubt. Your vet will be able to recommend suitable treatments and give you any information you need about proper application and things to look out for after application.
  • Here are some popular options:

- Pharmaceuticals: Flea collars, topicals, chewables

- Bathing Supplies: Shampoos, anti-itch gels, conditioners

- Grooming: Brushes, combs

- Home and Yard Sprays: Crevice, carpet, furniture, yard

brush up on grooming

  • Here are 3 ways for you to groom and brush your pet!

  • The important step here is to ensure no fleas, eggs or larvae are on your pet's fur/coat!

1) Use a flea comb to lift out fleas from their fur

2) Use a FURminator brush to lift out extra hair

3) Use a brush to make their coat super shiny and soft

Help Help! The fleas are here!

  • Here are 3 steps you can take to beat a flea infestation:  

1) Treat ALL your pets: Make sure all your pets are treated and checked. Fleas are crafty and will jump from one pet to another. 

2) Clean up: Vacuuming is your friend. Wash everything in areas where your pet hangs out. That includes washing bedding – yours and theirs. Remember to wash pillows and stuffies too!

3) Be Patient: It takes time to treat flea infestations. Fleas will not disappear overnight. Make sure to check your pets daily and continue cleaning your home!

Additional Resources

What to look out for and how to spot symptoms

Get your vet's recommendations

          • Your pet's veterinarian should always be the first person you consult if you have any pet related questions which may include:

- Suggested flea and tick treatments or products

- Possible side effects

- How long should you use the product for

- How do you know the suggested treatment or product is effective

Read, read and read!!

  • Get the right product – Product description and instructions should indicate which pet type or pet size the treatment is intended for.
  • Make the effort to read and understand the entire product label and instructions before using or applying the product on your pet.
  • Apply according to the instructions - don't deviate!

Observe any sudden changes

  • The two common active ingredients for flea and tick treatments are Pyrethrin and Pyrethroid, which are both used in insecticides.
  • Check for symptoms for the first 24 to 48 hours after any application. These symptoms may indicate that your pet is experiencing an adverse chemical reaction from the flea and tick treatment:

- Skin: Irritation or redness

- Vomiting or Diarrhea

- Trembling, depression, or seizures

- Itching, licking or extreme sensitivity

  • Here are additional readings to learn more about symptoms for dogsand cats.

Are you affected too?

  • Diseases can be transmitted from your pet to you, which may include plague, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotty Fever and more.
  • Check to make sure you and your family have not gotten any flea or tick bites.Symptoms may include:

- Flea bites: Skin irritation and redness; rash; or hives

- Tick bites: A visible red ring on your skin around the bite; fever; nausea; chills; or swollen lymph nodes

- Seek medical attention immediately, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms or do not feel well after spotting a flea/tick on your pet!

  • Additionally, your pet's flea and tick treatment might also cause you to have an allergic reaction if you happen to be close to them for an extended period of time.Symptoms may include:

- Skin irritation; rash; hives

- Vomiting; seizures

- Numbness or headaches

- Seek medical attention immediately if you suspect you might have an allergic reaction from your pet's flea treatment.

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