Shiz Tu, age
We have fleas all over the house, they are very thick outside. What can we treat them with? Thank You
Our Vet Says:
In order to win the flea fight you
need to do two things at the same time. You need to treat you pet with a good
flea product and treat your house/apartment as well.
For your dog you can choose between
topical products and oral formulations. I would like to recommend a product like
Frontline Plus, Advantix II or Advantage II. They have as active ingredients an
insecticide, which will kill the fleas, and an insect growth regulator, which
will stop new generations of fleas from hatching. They are topical products with
monthly re-application. It is extremely important to apply the spot on
treatments as directed by the manufacturer, directly on the skin. You need to
part the coat until the skin is visible and deposit the full content of the
pipette directly on the skin. You might want to get someone to give you a hand
in order to get it right. If you do not like topicals you can choose between
flea preventive drugs available in the form of tablets and chews. Some of them
are: Capstar and Program (advisable to use both at the same time), and
Comfortis. There are also flea and tick collars for dogs: Scalibor or Adams
On the same day you need to treat
your house as well with a good product. Best environmental flea control
products will have as active components an insecticide and an insect growth
regulator, just like the topical for pets. After applying the substance on the
carpets/floors you should not vacuum/wash the floors for at least 2-3 days so as
to give the product a good chance to work against fleas. Extra attention should
be given to the places where your dog spends more time, like a dog bed, favorite
carpet. This is where the flea density will be higher. 95% of the flea
population is found in the pets environment so this is a step which should not
be neglected in order to get rid of these insects.
Also your lawn/yard will need
attention, and for this any insecticidal product will do. Please read the label
to ensure it is safe for pets.
Having done all of the above you
need to do it again. You need to re-treat your house and yard at 2 weeks
intervals until the number of fleas is under control, and it might take up to 3
months to completely rid of them. Dependent of the product used on your pet you
will need to re-administer it as directed by your veterinarian or the
manufacturer. When you have things under control you need to use flea
prevention on your pet all year around and treat your house during the late
spring-summer months. Good luck!
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