My pet has fleas. What can I do?

Successful flea control involves eliminating fleas from your pet and controlling fleas in the environment. Dogs and cats share the same fleas. All pets in your home should be on flea prevention. There are many choices for flea control these days so discuss with your veterinarian which product would be the most appropriate for you pet. Remember, cats can only use cat products. Using a dog product for fleas on a cat can have dangerous side effects.

For cats, we recommend Revolution which is a topical product for not only fleas but for intestinal parasites, ear mites and heartworms. It is applied once a month. This is a prescription product; your pet must have seen the veterinarian within one year when the product is purchased.

For dogs we recommend Advantix. Advantix is a topical solution applied monthly for the prevention of fleas, ticks, and mosquito bites. We also sell Comfortis which is a monthly pill for flea control. Comfortis must be given with a meal. Advantix and Comfortis are not heartworm preventions, so your dog will still have to take a monthly pill to protect against heartworm disease and intestinal parasites. Trifexis is the Comfortis product combined with a heartworm prevention to give protection against fleas, heartworms, and intestinal worms in one pill. Comfortis and Trifexis are both prescriptions.

To treat the pet’s environment, we recommend vacuuming the carpet to stimulate the pre-adult fleas to emerge. Be sure to empty your vacuum container or throw away your vacuum bag. Ask  your veterinarian which home product they recommend for you. Bayer, who makes Advantix, also makes products for treating the home and yard.

Outdoor areas need to be treated as well. Concentrate on dark, shaded areas. Spray a product containing an IGR or Insect Growth Regulators every 14-21 days for three to five applications.

Any questions? Feel free to give us a call 918-455-7107.




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