How to Prevent Flea
Preventing Fleas from Taking Over Your Pet
Fleas are a terrible nuisance to both pet and pet owner. All dogs and cats get fleas. The difference between driving the pet (and the owner) crazy or not is how many fleas the pet gets. With one adult flea being capable of laying up to 400 eggs per week, it is no wonder it does not take long for fleas to become a real problem if preventative action is not in place.
Flea collars can be an effective means of preventing fleas from bothering your pet. Unfortunately, they can also be irritating to the pet, particularly one with a sensitive skin. In addition, flea collars do not necessarily work effectively in controlling fleas throughout the pet’s fur and do not kill the fleas.
Special tablets can be given to pets to control fleas. These products do not actually kill fleas. Instead, they prevent female fleas from laying healthy eggs. Therefore, the life cycle is broken and all existing fleas ultimately die. Most of these products need to be given to the pet twice per week in order to be effective.
Spot ons are products that are placed on the back of the pet’s neck. The product then spreads on its own throughout the pet’s fur by using the natural oils in the coat. These products are generally effective for about one month of protection from fleas. Therefore, spot ons are the most convenient and reliable method of preventing and killing fleas as they do not require battling with the pet to swallow a pill as they only need to be applied topically once per month rather than a couple of times per week.
Revolution for Dogs and Cats and Advantage Multi for cats and dogs are two spot on products that work extremely well preventing and killing fleas by providing long lasting protection. An added bonus to using Advocate for Dogs or Advocate for Cats is that these products also control intestinal worms, heartworm, hookworm, whipworm and lice.
When it comes to fleas, the most important step in getting rid of them is to prevent them from taking over in the first place. Getting rid of fleas once they have established themselves in a home is far more difficult than stopping them before they take over.