Flea Control on Your Dog
– Flea Control on Your Dog
are numerous products that will kill adult fleas on your dog. However,
they vary in the duration of their effects.
Flea shampoos, sprays, and powders. Most products will kill any
fleas present on your dog at the time of application, but many have
no lasting effect – your dog may have more fleas within 24 hours
of being treated. When using a flea shampoo, always begin on the
dog’s head, face, and ears so the fleas won’t run for shelter in
those hard to reach areas. Be extra careful not to drip any solution
in your pet’s eyes. Applying the solution with a sponge is helpful.
All shampoos should be rinsed thoroughly from the coat.
of the newer, more effective sprays can be a valuable part of the
overall treatment plan. They kill adult fleas rapidly and are safe
enough to use daily, if necessary. Flea sprays containing insect
growth regulators (IGR’s) are helpful in managing the overall problem
because they help to break the flea life cycle. Be sure to read
the label when using any of these products, because they might be
recommended for once a week application, instead of daily.
powders are easy to use – simply sprinkle on your dog’s coat.
2. Flea rinses or dips. These may be effective for four to five
days, depending on the product. The rinse is applied after the dog
has been shampooed and not rinsed out and left to dry on the dog’s
coat. You need to dip the entire dog from nose to tail. Follow directions
carefully regarding frequency throughout the flea season.
shops and supermarkets sell a huge variety of flea dips and shampoos
for your pet. If your dog has only a few fleas, there’s no reason
why you can’t treat him yourself. Make sure to follow the label
instructions on whatever product you buy, and pay close attention
to age restrictions. Many products are not suitable for young puppies.
Never use cat products on dogs.
with flea shampoos, when using a flea dip, always begin on the dog’s
head, face, and ears so the fleas won’t run for shelter in those
hard to reach areas. Be extra careful not to drip any solution in
your pet’s eyes. Applying the solution with a sponge is helpful.
might want to take your dog to the veterinarian where either an
assistant or a groomer on staff will dip your pet, or take your
dog to a grooming shop for flea treatment.
3. Sprays containing flea growth regulators which are called IGR’s.
These sprays are usually applied weekly and the growth regulators
help break the flea’s life cycle.
Flea collars. Flea collars are an easy, economical, and useful method
of flea control when used before you see fleas, but aren’t very
effective if you already a flea problem. Flea collars are on the
dog and working 24 hours per day. However, they are not very effective
in climates that are especially conducive to flea reproduction.
Many people don’t like the smell of insecticidal flea collars or
the smell and oily feeling the insecticide leaves on their hands
after petting a dog wearing one. But, they are a lot better than
flea collars, such as the Ovitrol Plus or Ovitrol Plus II sold by
veterinarians, kill adult fleas and also make flea eggs sterile.
These are generally called Egg-Stopper Collars and contain insect
growth regulating ingredients, which prevents egg from hatching.
dogs are sensitive to flea collars and develop a skin irritation
under the collar, so if this happens, you should remove the collar
and use another method of flea control.
In addition, there are High Tech Electronic Flea Collars for dogs
that emit powerful ultrasonic pulses. They are supposed to be inaudible
and harmless to pets and humans but, fleas go crazy!
Low Tech Herbal flea collar – effects last approximately one month:
Buy a soft untreated flea collar. Mix 1/2 teaspoon rubbing alcohol,
essential oils of 1 drop cedar wood oil, 1 drop lavender, 1 drop
citronella, 1 drop thyme oil. Open the contents of four garlic capsules
into mixture. Soak flea collar until it has absorbed sufficient
mixture soaked through, then let dry.
Spot-on products. Advantage� and Frontline� are two brand name products
that are applied topically to a small area of the dog’s skin and
they effectively kill fleas for at least a month. They are purchased
in small vials that contain one dose for various sizes of dogs.
They kill adult fleas, usually before the flea has the opportunity
to bite your dog.
using some of the new residual topical treatments such as the spray
and the liquid applied to the dog’s neck, you may find environmental
control will become much less a concern. In some cases, treating
the dog with these new products will effectively control the environmental
6. The pill. (Program�) This product prevents flea eggs from hatching
when administered orally to pets once a month at mealtime. Dogs
are fed Program in tablet form. Different tablet sizes and suspension
doses are prescribed according to the animal’s weight. When an adult
female flea bites a Program-treated dog, the flea ingests the active
ingredient (lufenuron) which then passes into her eggs and prevents
them from hatching. Program is dispensed only through veterinarians.
This drug does not kill the adult fleas on your dog, but it does
break the flea life cycle by preventing hatching of the next generation
of flea eggs. In effect, it kills the next generation of fleas.
product called Sentinel contains both the flea control ingredient
and heartworm medication all in one dosage.
7. Natural methods include essential herbal oils, essential fatty
acids, garlic, and/or B vitamins tend to make the animal less tasty
to fleas. You can supplement with garlic or brewers yeast tablets.
Some animals are allergic to brewers yeast, so watch closely the
first week or so to make sure the itching doesn’t get worse.
Flea Combs. Run the comb through your pet’s hair and gather a bit
of hair and “flea dirt”. Daily flea combing may seem like a tedious
process, but you can trap some of them in the comb. Be sure to drown
them in soapy water, because fleas can jump out of plain water.
Premise – Flea Control in Your Dog’s Environment (Treating the environment
involves not only the indoors, but the outdoors too.)
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