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Question from Michelle Warne

dog has been treated with frontline and still got fleas my daughter was late giving her the monthly dose, she’s since bathed her and re applied frontline eaqrlier than is due will the treatment kill the exsisting fleas, what should we do regarding infestation of area dog sleeps, her apartment, ect

Our Vet Says:

You need to treat your pets with a good product, all at the same time, and disinfect your house at the same time as well.

Fleas are very small creatures but very resistant. Their life cycle takes from 10 days to months to complete depending on the temperature. Adult fleas found on your pets lay eggs from which larvae are hatched. They are in the environment which means in the carpet, in the bedding of your pets and yours, anywhere where your pets reach and are allowed. From the larvae are born adult fleas which begin to search for new host immediately. With so many pets in the house that is not a difficult thing to realize.

To stop their life cycle you need to treat everything at the same time otherwise fleas will move from one pet to the other.

For your pets you need a strong product like Frontline Plus which has as an active ingredient an insecticide and a insect growth regulator and work against adult and immature stages of fleas. Also Advantage works well against fleas. It is very important to use the correct product for each pet according to their weight because if the minimum recommended dose is not respected you will see a temporary reduction in their number but not a full elimination.   Spot on products are effective and easy to administer but it is important to put them directly on the skin and not in the coat, leave the place to dry, and not allow the pet to groom itself for at least two hours. Also there are products that are effective against the flea stages found in the pets’ environment.

 Your house will also need to be treated at the same time. I would suggest to take the help of a professional company because there are many rules you need to follow and the product used needs to be a good one. I would not recommend that you,yourself, take care of that because of the high risk of intoxication due to the toxic substances used for this kind of job. This is also an important task in order to completely eliminate fleas. Thoroughly clean, vacuum or sweep your premises prior to treatment; close all windows and air vents; cover or properly store all exposed foodstuffs; remove all plants from the areas to be treated; ensure that all pets (cats, dogs, birds, etc) are removed from the areas to be treated and that they do not gain access until the rooms have been ventilated; the premises must be vacated for a minimum of 3 hours. On your return to the premises, windows should be opened to ventilate the treated rooms. After treatment no cleaning should be performed for at least 10 days. The treatment can be repeated after a month when you re-treat your pets, again at the same time.

As for products there is a wide range you can use (sprays are better than powders), but I would advise you to use a disinfection company and to follow their advice. I know that is it hard not to vacuum clean for 10 days but it is an important part of the process.

If your pets bed is a textile one and cannot be disinfected properly then you might want to change it. The flea larvas are found in the environment where they hatch. So if the environment is not flea free there is a great chance to have fleas again.


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My Maddy is 6 years old and a HUGE girl -170 lbs. and the sweetest girl in my world! Trouble is... She is miserable with the itching. I been to the vet and tried changing her food to no beef, chicken, or pork. I also had her on allergy pills that cost $140 a month. I simply can’t afford that plus the expensive dog food, plus continuous yard treatments, etc. can you recommend a flea pill that is affordable? She is also on prion for incontinence. Will it affect that medication too? Thank ...?

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