When it comes to fleas, prevention is better than cure! The only way to avoid fleas is by using regular, good quality flea control prescribed by a vet. Although many use over the counter products, prescription treatments are safer and far more effective.
Fleas are common and can easily be picked up on walks; the best treatment for fleas is prevention – not cure – and there are a range of products available.
If your dog catches fleas, your home must be treated with spray to get rid of the infestation. Flea eggs can lie dormant in cracks and crevices for anything up to a year. Your dog may be scratching itself more if it has fleas and flea dirt could be visible in the fur.
There are a vast array of treatments available but prescription treatments, regardless of whether they are spot-on treatments, medication in the form of tablets or injections. are the only effective long-term methods of flea control.
Spot on treatments where a liquid is applied to the back of your dog’s neck has become a very popular method of flea control and are very effective. Using this treatment is most suited to dogs who do not take the tablets well. The downside is that it can get on hands and some are toxic to cats so cannot be used in a household with resident cats.
Tablets and injections
Tablets and injections are also a good option if you have problems with using spot-on treatments. These tend to be more long-lasting and therefore are more cost-efficient.
Flea combs are not an effective method of flea control and is not a preventative but may be useful if you suspect your dog has fleas as they will show on the comb.
Powders are not an effective treatment as the powder is only active for a few days while it is still on coat and have no long term effect.
The collars have growth-inhibiting substances in them to stop fleas growing but most are not reliable enough. Some can also cause irritation to your pet.
Flea treatment shampoo
Again, not a long-term effective solution for combating fleas as it will only kill the fleas on your dog at the time of bathing and does not prevent them from redeveloping.
Treating your home
Thorough vacuuming followed by the use of a prescription insecticide spray containing an insect growth regulator is a good way of eliminating fleas in the home and other areas.
IMPORTANT: We recommend that you only treat your dog with products prescribed by a qualified veterinarian. Dogs should be weighed and seen by a vet to have them identify the right product. If you would like to buy products online to save money, speak to your vet about getting a prescription – which they will normally do for a charge. This is a small price to pay to ensure your dog is getting the correct treatment. Only buy from reputable suppliers.