Wednesday, January 9, 2013

How To: Dog & Cat Flea Preventatives

It's important to know how, when, and why to give your pet a flea preventative and which one to use!

Today I go over my favorite three for three different types of pets, small dogs, medium-large dogs, and cats.


Frontline Plus (Paired with Heartgard)
According to the box: Kills fleas, flea eggs, ticks & chewing lice.

Heartgard (Paired with Frontline)
According to the box: Prevent heatworm disease and treat/controls roundworm and hookworm infections in dogs.

(There is not a heartgard product for cats)

According to the box: Kills adult fleas, prevents eggs from hatching for one month. Prevents and controls flea infestations. Prevents heartworm disease. Treats and controls ear mite infestations. Treats and controls hookworm and roundworm infections.

According to the box: Prevents heartworm disease, kills fleas and prevents infestations, and treats and controls hookworm roundworm AND WHIPWORM.

(There is a not a Trifexis product for cats)

Application is demonstrated in the video.
Part the hair between the shoulder blades of the animal and place the entire product on the skin.

Do not bathe for 48 hours before and after placing the product.

For any allergic reaction symptoms such as seizures or hives bathe the animal immediately with dawn dish soap and call your veterinarian.

To rid your animal of an infestation use each product monthly for 3-4 months.

Your veterinarian will advise for you to use these products year round once a month.

Intestinal Parasites
Roundworm is also known as ascarid or toxocara cati.
Hookworm is also known as ancylostoma tubaeforme.
Whipworm is also known as Trichuris Trichiura

How To Know If Your Pet Has Fleas
Most homes don't know when their pets have fleas.
Look on the skin of your pet for a 'dirt' like dander.
Flea dander is the poop of the flea (Digested blood).

If you have a flea problem you're trying to get rid of purchase a flea comb at your local pet store. Use the comb along the skin to try and pick up flea dander.
Place the flea dander on a white paper towel and wet the towel with water. Smear the flea dander and if it turns red it is flea dander.

Your best choice to rid your home of fleas is to make sure your pets can no longer be carriers by using flea preventatives.

Warmer climates are more prone to flea infestations.

[Please see my other post on Fleas for more information you don't want to miss out on]

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