TYLER (KYTX) - Right now East Texas is dealing with a bad flea infestation because of all the rain we have been getting.

One vet I spoke with tells me he's seen a lot more cases of pets having fleas because of the weather, and if you have the slightest idea your pet might have fleas get it checked. The faster you deal with fleas, the easier it is to get rid of them.

They're often called invisible monsters that are hiding on our pets and we don't even know it.

Dr. John Schell, University Animal Clinic Veterinarian, says "This can remain dormant for several months and that's why there hard to get under control. It takes sometimes several weeks."

Dr. John Schell says fleas are worse than ever because of the rain and humidity, and they thrive in warmer and humid temperatures.

"So this year with the weather because of the excess rain we've had a lot of bugs in general fleas included," says Dr. Schell. The infestation of fleas this season has been a challenge for pet owner Brittnee Cagle because snickers has flea allergies.

"I've kept a close eye one him because when he breaks out he breaks out pretty good and they don't go away for a while and we spray our yard and he's on a heart warm preventative that has flea and tick preventative in it," says cagle.

Cagle keeps snickers on flea medicine all year round and bathes him every three weeks. Dr. Schell tells me there are two basic principles to treat pets for fleas and you can't skip either one of them.

"All the pets have to be treated and you have to treat the premises especially if you have an outbreak," says Dr. Schell.

Many topical and oral products work to get rid of fleas, but because of where we live these monsters aren't going anywhere.

Dr. Schell says, "It's a battle it's an ongoing battle it's a year round battle here for the most part and we don't have anything we've found so far that's going put them into extinction so it keeps us busy and pet owners too."

The important thing to remember is consistency, so once you start using products on your pets you should never stop. One of the biggest problems is that pets are not treated frequently enough or long enough. Just because you don't see them doesn't mean they don't exist.

If you think your pet might have fleas, the best thing to do is go see your vet and find out what the best care for your pet because it depends on your pet's life-style and exposure to the outdoors.


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