Secaucus, NJ (PressExposure) January 05, 2012 -- December in Maine is traditionally one of the coldest months of the year, but the balmy weather this year has posed a significant problem to dog and cat owners alike. In Bethel, Maine, dog groomers and veterinarians have been experiencing a rash of flea infestations and they are encouraging pet parents to keep up with their monthly flea treatments throughout the winter to avoid parasite problems down the road, according to The Bethel Citizen.
Dog groomer Lauretta Varo who works at the Doggy and Kitty Salon in Bethel, Maine, has experienced plenty of problems early in the season ranging from flea infestations to tick issues.
"Fleas have been out of control, even with dogs who have been treated," Varo told the news source. "Normally fleas are gone from dogs by now."
While groomers recommend topical drops as a means of eliminating these pesky insects, a whole home solution is needed to fully protect your dog from the risk of an infestation. After all, the mild weather has allowed these bugs to hang around much longer than usual, and there's an increased risk that they could come indoors. If you're going to be spending a good amount of time in the great outdoors, give your furry friend a bath with flea shampoo such as Hartz UltraGuard Plus Flea and Tick Dog Shampoo. This is the ideal way to mitigate the problem at the first sight of fleas. Hartz Flea Control [http://hartzfleacontroltreatment.wordpress.com/] products will kill fleas, ticks and their larvae and keep them from coming back for up to a month. As an added bonus, the product is formulated with coconut extract which can nourish your dog's skin and coat, so you won't have to worry about harsh ingredients harming his skin.
A home flea spray is also a wise purchase for this extended flea season, and it can help to eliminate fleas in your home before it becomes a full-blown infestation. Hartz UltraGuard Flea and Tick Home Spray will kill these parasites on contact and keep them from coming back for up to seven months using an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR). This will inhibit the insect's life cycle and prevent it from reproducing and becoming a larger problem. Use it on pet beds, pillows and curtains to protect your entire home from an infestation.
This is one of the worst flea seasons in years, so make sure you and your companion are protected from the discomfort and exasperation of a potential flea problem.