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Feeder Creek Veterinary Services - Monday, May 02, 2011
5 of the most common myths and questions about fleas.
1) I put flea medication on my pet last month and I still see fleas this month?
Yes you must apply flea medication every 30 days for it to be effective. The medication kills the fleas on your pet but not in the environment and only lasts 30 days. The flea eggs in the environment hatch 18 to 365 days after being laid. The fleas you are seeing on your pet have hatched from the environment which is why you must use year round flea medication.
2) I use Frontline and its not working there must be resistance?
There has not been a scientific paper to-date that has proven resistance to fipronil the active ingredient in Frontline. Although in our practice we have seen decrease effectiveness of Frontline and do not recommend it for dogs flea bite dermatitis. Frontline takes 18 hours to kill fleas weres Vectra only takes 6 hours and Comfortis takes 4 hours.
3) My dog does not go outside so it can't get fleas.
Even if your dog goes outside only to go the bathroom your dog can still get fleas. Unfortunately even in the suburbs the local wildlife (bunny rabbits, moles, birds, deer) visit our yards and leave little present like fleas and ticks behind in the grass. Your dog or cat is a little magnet for fleas.
4) I spray my lawn so I don't need to use flea medication on my pets.
Using harmful pesticides is not only dangerous to you and your pet but limits the biodiversity of local insects in your yard. These sprays hurt our waterways and are 100% effective. If a flea gets on your dog that has not been treated with a flea control product than the fleas will enter your home and start laying eggs and cause problems for you dog.
5)I don't see fleas on my pet.
Yes although you don't see fleas does not mean your pet is free of fleas. Comb through your pets coat onto a wet piece of paper towel if turns red your pet has fleas. If your pet does not have fleas now is good time for prevention. Prevention is cheaper and easier than treatment.
You must treat all your pets including the inside only cat to prevent a flea infestation Fleas can be a host to tapeworms and other parasites. The bites are irritating to both people and animals and are difficult to eradicate. Visit your veterinarian now and request the best flea prevention Comfortis or Vectra if you have ticks in your area.
This has been Dr. Yardley from FeederCreek Veterianary services trying to keep your family flea free.
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