A 10-Point Plan for Dogs (Without Being Overwhelmed)
When you find fleas on your pet; you wish for them to be gone quickly. But there are so many treatments available that it becomes hard for you to identify which one will work fast. Some flea medications take quite a long time before they are effective, but others can bring your cat or dog relief within a couple of hours. Information about how fast a pet treatment becomes useful can be found on the product label, on the manufacturer’s site, or from talking to the veterinarian.
Another an important consideration when determining the effectiveness of a flea medication is how the medicine is applied. The different ways of flea medications available are shampoos, collars, pills, spot-on, dips and chewable tables and they can all be used to good effect.
When choosing a form of flea treatment, you must make the right choice based on your specific case. Pet owners with children, for example, prefer a flea or tick pill or chewable tablet over a typical preparation to reduce the chances of their kids coming into contact with the skin of the treated pets. But you must know that selecting a flea medication that works quickly and one in the right formulation is just part of the battle. Because fleas live on the skin of your pet for a small part of their life, most of them will be found in the surrounding environment at any given time. As the immature pests mature, they eventually seek out your pet causing new outbreak. The presence of fleas in the pet’s environment brings about two elements of parasite control that are important.
Flea treatments that remain active for a couple of hours of a few days are not practical for many owners. You sure don’t have the time to re-treat your pet frequently.
The development of pet products that last for several weeks was a huge leap forward and now some newer flea treatments last even longer with a single dose lasting for several months. This has an advantage in that it prevents the risk of missed doses of treatment.
While there are medications that are effective in quickly killing pests on the pet’s body; the owner is still left with the task of dealing with parasites found in the home or lawn. Often people tend to overlook environmental control of fleas which is an important thing.
Flea eggs and larvae in the home are best eradicated by vacuuming floors, furniture and carpet and by running the pet bedding through the washer and dryer’s hottest cycles.
You can minimize the numbers of fleas and ticks on your compound by use of a premise and yard spray.