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FLEAS
The Danger To Your Pet

     Fleas aren't just a nuisance for you and your pet; these pests can cause many medical problems including the following:

Tapeworms

    If your pet eats a flea, which is likely during self grooming, your pet could become infected with the immature tapeworms fleas can carry. These long, flat parasites can cause weight loss and diarrhea. One sure sign of tapeworms is the "white rice" you may find on your pet's coat underneath the tail. These are tapeworm segments, and they can also be found on your pet's bedding. If you see them, take your pet to your veterinarian right away to get rid of these pests.

 Allergy

    Fleas are the number one cause of allergies in dogs and cats. As fleas eat, they inject saliva under your pet's skin, an irritation that can lead to miserable scratching, hair loss and infection. If your pet scratches or licks excessively, see your veterinarian for help.

Infection

    Pets suffering from flea bites can develop dermatitis, or inflammation of the skin. Antibiotics and shampoo therapy can rid your pet of this problem, but if left untreated, the infection will spread and your pet will become more uncomfortable. Dermatitis isn't the only danger of infection; fleas carry many diseases and parasites.

Anemia

     Fleas get their nutrition by ingesting pets' blood, and they can consume so much that a puppy, kitten or a small pet can die as a result of blood loss. It's especially important to keep young and old pets flea-free.

The Battle Plan

     Your pet isn't the only one at risk: People can get irritating flea bites, too. Ridding your home and yard of these pests takes time, several steps and a strong commitment to success. Here's the battle plan:

Shampoo Your Pet

    For many pet owners, the easiest option is to take your pet into a groomer or your veterinarian for a shampoo. If you decide to bathe your pet at home, check with your groomer or veterinarian about the safest and most effective products to use. Remember, a clean, flea-free pet is a good first step, but you can't stop there!

Keep Fleas Away with
Advantage, Frontline/Frontline Plus,
Revolution, Program or Sentinel

     It's now time to apply a flea and/or tick prevention. However, do not apply within two days of bathing. This will give the essential oils in the body to reform so that the product will travel easily. Also, do not bath your dog within 48 hours of application. You want to make sure you have full coverage for the entire time. These spot on treatments are a revolutionary, easy-to-use product that will eliminate 98 to 100 percent of fleas on your pet within 24 hours of application. Applied between the shoulder blades, this topical solution spreads naturally on the skin surface at the hair follicle level, aided by body movement, to provide whole body coverage.

Advantage kills fleas and their larvae. Under normal conditions, one Advantage treatment will provide at least one month flea control. In the event the pet swims more than once weekly, re-treatment may be necessary. The pet may be treated as often as once weekly!

     Advantage is so gentle it can be used on puppies as young as seven weeks. As with any product, pet owners with specific concerns (pregnant, nursing, sick, etc.) should consult their veterinarian prior to use.

Advantage Multi combines heartworm prevention, along with the flea control of Advantageģ, and the treatment and control of hookworms, roundworms and whipworms - all in one monthly topical solution.

     Advantage Multi is effective at preventing heartworm disease caused by Dirofilaria immitis. As well as treatment and control of adult, immature adult and fourth stage larvae hookworm; adult and fourth stage larvae roundworm infections; and adult whipworms. Safe and effective, when used topically as directed, for dogs and puppies that are at least seven weeks of age and that weigh at least three pounds. Please note that this product does not control any type of ticks.

Frontline is a once a month topical flea and tick pet medication. It is applied between the shoulder blades of your pet and quickly spreads throughout the dogís coat. Frontline kills fleas for up to 90 days and ticks for 30 days. Frontline works extremely fast. Within 18 hours all your pets existing fleas will be gone and 95% of ticks will be killed, the remaining ticks will die within the next 30 hours. Frontline is waterproof and is not affected by shampooing, rain or swimming. Frontline is safe and can be used on dogs and puppies over 10 weeks of age.

Frontline Plus begins to spread throughout the animals coat working into the sebaceous glands of the animal. For the next 30 days it is continually drawn out of the glands protecting the pets entire coat from re-infestation. In just moments of application it begins to kill your petís adult fleas and ticks, their eggs and larvae. Plus kills all life stages of fleas that plague dogs and all life stages of 4 major ticks including those that may transmit Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

     Frontline Plus is highly water resistant and is not significantly affected by shampooing, rain or swimming. It is safe for use on dogs and puppies. We do not recommend using Frontline Plus on dogs under 11 pounds due to the additional chemical content to eliminate the larvae.

Revolution is a monthly topical treatment for treatment against heartworms, fleas (eggs and adults), ticks, ear mites and sarcoptic mange. Revolution is quick drying, nongreasy and water fast so you can cuddle and play with your pet sooner than many other topical treatments. As soon as two hours after Revolution is applied it is considered water resistant, remaining effective through the month even with moderate shampooing, swimming, rain or exposure to sunlight. Revolution enters the bloodstream through the skin to prevent heartworm disease and treat gastrointestinal parasites. Revolution is also distributed to the sebaceous glands in your pet's skin where it provides protection against troublesome fleas and flea eggs, ticks and mites.

K9 Advantix is a monthly topical treatment for fleas (larvae & adults), ticks & mosquitoes. Advantix begins working within 5 minutes of application. It is highly water resistant and can be effective for up to 6 weeks.

     Since these products work on contact, fleas don't have to bite your pet for it to work. This helps prevent allergy and infection. Unlike other insecticides, they only affect the parasites on/in your pet - it's not toxic to you, your children, your pet or such beneficial insects as ladybugs.

     There are also a few oral preventatives, if you, or your pet, are not happy with the topical treatments.

Sentinel is a monthly oral tablet for the prevention and control of flea eggs and larvae, the prevention of heartworm disease and the treatment and control of roundworms, hookworms and whipworms. If Sentinel replaces another heartworm prevention the first dose should be given within one month after the previous treatment. The tablets can be given directly into the mouth of the dog or they can be given in a portion of food. Sentinel does not control adult fleas or ticks.

Program, also a monthly oral tablet, is designed to prevent flea eggs and larvae from developing into adults, so it is often used with another product to eliminate adult fleas. It does not control adult fleas or ticks.

Capstar is a 24 hour flea product. This oral product will kill and control adult fleas on your dog within 30 minutes. Capstar does not control flea eggs or larvae or ticks.

You may obtain these products at any veterinarian or on-line. There are many on-line places to purchase these products. I personally purchase Frontline Plus from www.EntirelyPets.com. However, if you purchase these products anywhere except from a veterinarian, please ensure that the product is designated for use in the USA. The European product will not cause harm to your pet, it will just be ineffective.

Take Back Your House

     You can't conquer a flea problem by treating only your pets - it is best to also treat your house. Fleas can live for months without food, and every female flea can lay several thousand eggs, which can survive for years in carpeted areas, wood floors and furniture until it's time to hatch and reinfest your pet and your home.

     One simple way to clean the flea eggs out of your house is to vacuum several times a week, tape the bags shut, and throw them away. Also clean your pet's favorite hangouts and launder its bed regularly. Use a professional fogger in each room and sprays for hard-to-reach spots. Ask me for which products work the best. Don't undertake this project uninformed - flea products can be hazardous!

Conquer Your Yard

     Use professional, concentrated yard sprays, many of which attach easily to the end of a garden hose for application. It's especially important to spray moist and shaded areas of your yard. Spray doghouses and kennels with an indoor premise spray, and allow all areas to dry before allowing your pet access to them.

Did You Know...

     Fleas can jump 150 times their body length, and some species can leap up to 36 inches high. That's equivalent to a 5-foot-10-inch man jumping over the 555-foot Washington Monument.

     Female fleas consume 15 times their weight in blood each day. That's like a 140-pound woman eating 8,400 hamburgers. Pass the antacids, please!

Focus on Safety

We treat your pet like family, and we don't recommend any product unless we believe it's the safest, most effective treatment available. That's why we recommend Advantage and Frontline. For best results, treat all dogs and cats in your household and use these products every month and at the proper dosage for your pets.

Flea control products can be dangerous, so be sure to use only products that are labeled safe for pets and youngsters. Avoid look-alike products, which can be toxic, especially to cats.

     Fleas are tough! Be sure to start these procedures simultaneously and treat all of your pets - the best time is now!

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