Flea infestation is something that can affect any pet owner. Fleas have diverse effects on pets including allergies and causing diseases. This makes flea treatment in dogs vital. There are several control products that one can use on pets to prevent and treat flea infestation. These include sprays, shampoos, once-a-month topical products, dips, oral products and collars. It’s important to remember that even after treatment; you may see fleas on your pet for a while because getting rid of fleas is a process that takes several weeks. This is especially true if there was a big flea problem in the first place. Persistence and an effective control program is the key as the process may take months or even years depending on your situation.
Sprays: Flea control sprays come as pump bottles and aerosols. Go for a product that contains an insect growth regulator as well as an adulticide. Spray your pet in a well-ventilated area and adhere to the manufacturer’s and vet’s directions for use.
Shampoos: Flea shampoos help to get rid of adult fleas that are already on your pet. Proper use of shampoo entails working it over the entire body and leaving it to sit for at least 10 minutes before rinsing it off. Most shampoos contain little or no residue activity, and they often contain pyrethrins.
Once-a-month Topicals: These insecticides are usually applied on the pet’s back, and they are probably the easiest flea products to use. Be sure to check the label as some products can prove to be harmful to your pet. Ingredients include pyrethrin, permethrin and fipronil.
Collars: These can be very effective for getting rid of fleas, but they have to be used properly. You should be able to get two fingers between your pet’s neck and the collar to achieve the right degree of snugness. Cut off any excess collar to prevent other pets from chewing on it. Moreover, it’s important to read the instructions on the package as the effectiveness of different collars last for different periods. The effectiveness may also be affected by different factors including water. Other dogs may experience irritation, and if that happens, it’s best to seek another treatment.
Dips and Rinses: These are applied to the entire body, and they usually have some residual activity. Dips and rinses should be applied in well-ventilated areas. Apply an ophthalmic ointment in your dog’s eyes and put cotton balls in the ears of your pet during application.