Fleas, Pesky Little Creatures

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Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home, Step by Step

Is your dog or cat is scratching a lot lately? Have you seen something small and black jump from the sofa onto your arm? Don’t freak out, take charge of the situation.


Call the Veterinarian

Is your pet on a flea control program? If they are, read the instructions again. It’s easy to miss a step. Ask your veterinarian what they recommend. You want a product that treats fleas at every stage — from egg to adult bug — and one that works well in your climate. Most flea treatments only take one regular monthly dose to keep fleas from making you and your pets itch. Just be sure to treat all of your animals so the fleas don’t simply jump from one to the other.

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Crank Up the Vacuum Cleaner

If you rarely vacuum, a flea invasion should inspire a change of heart. Regular vacuuming lowers the number of fleas and flea eggs from carpet, cracks in wood floors, and on curtains and upholstered furniture. It also catches them under furniture. Don’t forget to vacuum the areas where your pet sleeps and eats. Empty and wash the vacuum cleaner canister or throw away bags in an outside garbage can right away so fleas don’t sneak back inside.

Vacuum every day in the parts of your home where you and your pets hang out the most — like the living room, kitchen, and bedrooms. Vacuum once a week everywhere else.

If you have a serious flea invasion, have your carpets steam-cleaned. The heat will kill the fleas, but it may not kill all the eggs. They may hatch later, and you may have to have your carpets cleaned again.

In really bad cases, you may want to consider treating your house with a flea “bomb” or calling in an exterminator. Just make sure you choose a product that is safe for you and your pets.


Wash Bedding in Hot, Soapy Water

Hot, soapy water kills fleas too, so wash your pet’s bedding once a week. And if your pets sleep in your bed or with your kids, make sure to wash everyone’s bedding, too.

It may seem old school, but a flea comb with tiny teeth does a good job of removing these pests. Do it outside, and concentrate on the neck area and the base of the tail. Keep a cup of soapy water beside you. Use it to dip the comb so you can drown the fleas. Once the house is vacuumed and the bedding is washed, give your dog a bath. Bathing your pet regularly will also help get rid of fleas in your home. Make sure that the soap you use is made for animals.

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Thank you to WebMD Medical Reference for some of the content in this blog.


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Dr. Bev Hollis, DVM Joins Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital & Luxury Pet Resort

Please welcome Dr. Bev Hollis, DVM to our sister facility Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital & Luxury Pet Resort.

Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital & Luxury Pet Resort

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Bev Hollis, DVM to our veterinary practice here at Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital & Luxury Pet Resort.  Her knowledge and years of experience will be a wonderful addition to our thriving Veterinary Hospital.

Bev Hollis, DVM

Dr. Bev Hollis

 Dr. Hollis moved to the northern Virginia/ Maryland region in 2006 from Nashville, where she had lived for 13 years.  She earned her undergraduate degrees in English, Math and Biology from the University of Minnesota and George Mason University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.

During her years in Nashville she worked in a small animal practice, started her own veterinary house call practice, and became Nashville’s first full-time shelter veterinarian. She is an avid supporter of greyhound rescue and was a co-founder of Operation Scooby, a non-profit organization that sent teams to Spain annually to work as volunteers…

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Thankful Reflections On 2012

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

On this New Years Eve we would like to take the time to reflect back on this past year and what we are thankful for here at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital

  • Soft, little kitten and puppy feet…I could go on all day about the animals themselves!
  • The old gentle pets that have such amazing spirits.
  • Loving our jobs! Not many people are as lucky as we are to have such passion for their jobs.
  • Our knowledge and talents used daily to care for pets.
  • The satisfaction and joy of witnessing pets recover from an illnesses.
  • Knowing that what we do every day makes an impact.
  • Pet owners that think nothing of getting up twice a night to let their dog out, if that is what is needed, and don’t mind giving medication to their pet every 6 hours.
  • Cats that are so non-stressed by our examination that they go and eat and groom immediately after we are finished.
  • Pets that are soooo excited and happy to see us despite the things we do to them in the name of health!
  • Having the honor of being present for the beginning, middle and ending of the some of the most precious lives.
  • The wonderful, warm, genuine people we get to meet as clients.
  • The gratitude of our clients.
  • The fun, devoted staff we get to work with daily.
  • That we get to spend our days working with great people who all have the same purpose, to help other amazing creatures and the people who love them!

We all hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year!!!!