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How To Choose The Right Flea Control Treatment

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There are different methods of flea control and within the different methods there are different doses and different types depending on what pet you have. Making the correct choice is vital to the health and wellbeing of your pet.

Flea Control: What are my Options

There are a few different ways to keep your pet flea free.

  • Collars that are impregnated with chemicals that repel fleas and ticks can be worn continually by a cat or dog
  • Spot-ons are administered by a pipette to the nape of the neck. The pre-determined dose is given every month and will treat fleas and ticks and is manufactured by many companies including Bayer (Advantix)
  • Tablets that are given orally and are usually flavored to encourage your cat or dog to take it willingly and last for 2-3 months
  • Sprays that are used to saturate the pet’s fur and last for several months as long as the pet is not bathed
  • Powder treatments that are sprinkled onto the pet’s fur and rubbed into the skin, the excess being brushed out. There are known side effects of powder flea treatments and caution must be taken to avoid ingestion or contact with the eyes.
  • Shampoos that combine cleaning with a flea repellent also have known unpleasant side effects and caution must be taken to avoid ingestion or contact with the eyes.
  • Dips, as the name implies is a concentrated liquid that is diluted according to the instructions and then the pet is soaked with the liquid and allowed to dry naturally. Caution must be taken to avoid ingestion or contact with the eyes.

How to choose?

The effectiveness of one treatment against another is minimal, so your decision needs to be based on what works best for you and your pet. Seeking advice from your veterinarian may help you made an informed decision.

When deciding what method of flea control to use, you need to consider several things. If you have a cat or dog that is resistant to wearing a collar 24/7 then it is unlikely that a flea collar will be readily accepted by your pet. Likewise, if your pet will not allow you to administer tablets without a struggle then that would rule out this method. Dogs and cats that are scared by the sound of a spray can rule out the use of a spray to control fleas as this would prove very stressful for the animal, the same goes for dogs, and in particular cats, who do not like water, as flea shampoo is not the answer.

Regardless of what method you choose, it is vital that you choose the correct dose for your pet. Most flea and tick treatments are measured by the weight of the animal, so you must know the weight of your pet. If you use a low dose it will be ineffective and a dose that is too high will result in sickness. NEVER use dog flea treatment on a cat as dog flea treatments contain pyrethrins, which can prove fatal to cats.

Bring your dog or cat into Vetco today to discuss your flea and tick prevention.

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This guest post was written by Jason Balchand who has a lot of experience dealing with flea infestations in his many years working with animals. For more pet care tips follow him on Facebook and Twitter.