Flea infestations are very common in dogs as they are easily picked up. Not only are they a detriment to your dog’s health they are also very unpleasant for you. Fleas feed on blood which causes an inflammation and an itch, which can cause fur loss, lesions, anaemia and lethargy.
The prevention of flea infestations
This can be achieved by using an effective flea treatment. However it is important to bear in mind that only recommended brands should be used as other brands can be ineffective and some have been reported to cause skin irritations.
Frontline for dogs is a spot on treatment and comes in a liquid pocket that just needs to be applied to the back of your dog’s neck, making it painless and easy to administer. Frontline will protect your dog from ticks for one month and fleas for two months.
Frontline combo for dogs is a prescription only treatment and works in a similar way to Frontline for dogs spot on, however it contains an extra ingredient which sterilises the female fleas to prevent them from laying more eggs. As the flea life cycle is very short it provides an effective way to get rid of the infestation. This treatment is good if you often find yourself forgetting to regularly apply the treatment, however Frontline also offer a free reminder service which can alert you by text and email when your dog’s next flea treatment is due.
Advocate for dogs is an effective spot on flea treatment and also protects your dog against many types of worms and mange however it does not provide protection against ticks or lungworm. Other types of treatment will be needed to protect your dog against these parasites. However if you are going to use two types of treatment to adequately cover your dog it is important that you seek veterinary advice to ensure that the products can be used safely together.
If you are treating a flea infestation it is important to bath and groom your dog a couple of days after you have applied the flea treatment as this will help to remove any remaining fleas and faeces.
It is also important to treat your home to remove all remaining fleas and take proper care of other dog chronic diseases . An insecticide should be applied to carpets, bedding and furniture and vacuuming is equally as important.
Ticks are also a serious problem and are easily picked up on walks in woods, parks and fields. They can cause infections, abscesses and even transmit diseases such as Lyme Disease, therefore it is vitally important that you prevent ticks infecting your dog. This is easily achieved by the Frontline products mentioned previously.
If your dog is unfortunate enough to have a tick it is important to have it removed as soon as possible. Tick removers can be brought from your veterinary surgery pet stores and some supermarkets to allow you to remove the tick yourself, or you can take your dog to the vets instead to have the tick removed.
Just remember prevention is much more important, cost effective and time efficient than treating the problem.