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Warm, Dry Winter Leading to High Number of Fleas in Sacramento

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Groomers and veterinarians alike say since there wasn't a really cold, wet winter to kill off flea populations around Sacramento, pooches are suffering, leaving even attentive dog owners frustrated.

"We are seeing major infestations, even in dogs that have been regularly treated either by edible treatments ... topicals or even flea collars," said Carly DuHain with Splash Hound USA, a pet grooming business in Sacramento.

Normally rainfall washes away about 75 percent of fleas in the area, but DuHain and her Splash Hound colleagues estimate that instead they're dealing with about 2 to  2.5 times the normal number of these pesky critters for this time of year.

Experts say keeping Fido flea-free might require abandoning a maintenance medication like Frontline or Revolution or Advantage, even if that's worked for your best friend for years.

"If you have one that's been really solid, I recommend trying a different one or talking to your vet about the edible pill which costs a little more but is far more effective especially during this heavy season," DuHain said.

That's right, aside from being thicker in numbers, these bugs could be building up a tolerance to your old standby.