Flea Problems: Flea Removal and Treating Fleas
I’m so glad I found this blog. We have a 3 yr old terrier mix that just had a seizure. She hasn’t had a seizure in 4 months. We thought her seizures were from sliding head first into the door jam. Oops.. It dawned on me I haven’t had to treat my dogs for fleas all summer. Til a week ago. And today she had her first seizure in at least 4 months. I feel so bad, I know for a fact it’s from frontline plus. I will seek a natural preventative. Thanks
Because dogs spend so much time outdoors, ticks are a common problem and a big concern for owners. If left untreated, fleas and ticks can become a serious nuisance and potential health problem for your dog. Ticks feed on the blood of the host, and use tiny but sharp teeth to embed themselves firmly into a dog's skin and tissue. Because they penetrate into the bloodstream, ticks can also spread blood-borne illnesses. The larvae and nymph stage of the tick are very small and can easily be missed. The adult tick is about 3mm and is visible to most. The larvae and nymph are about half that size and difficult to identify.
Oral flea treatments such as are quick and effective. The medication travels through your dog's bloodstream and to the skin's surface, helping to kill biting fleas. Newer combination pill treatments such as and also prevent heartworm disease and other intestinal parasites like roundworms, hookworms and whipworms. See product label for details. Activyl is an innovative flea treatment that is highly effective at killing fleas and preventing infestation.1 Activyl doesn't just kill adult fleas, it is unique in stopping flea eggs and larvae from developing. This breaks the flea life cycle and keeps your home and your pets safe from fleas.1,2 Ask your veterinarian if Activyl or Activyl Tick Plus for Dogs is right for your pet. Some products that kill fleas on dogs can also be used on puppies as young as 6 weeks. For pups younger than 6 weeks, you will need to groom your puppy with a , or pick fleas off with tweezers. You'll also need to wash the puppy's bedding, vacuum the surroundings, and treat the puppy's mother (if she is living with you) and any other pets in the household.During the summer my scarves, coats and boots are put away in storage, since they do me no good when the thermometer hits 90. In the winter, you won’t see me in my sandals, although I’d like to have the option. We humans have our seasonal habits and rituals based on temperature. It makes sense then that dogs and cats follow suit, particularly in regards to their flea and tick medicine.Each fall many a pet owner begins to question whether they really need to give their cat or dog flea/tick medicine throughout the winter. In the coldest months birds fly south, bears hibernate, and every living thing that once flourished outdoors is either dead, frozen, or in hiding. Doesn’t that include fleas and ticks?This article, of course, is all but irrelevant for folks who live in warmer climates. They always need flea and tick medicine. But for those of us who do experience a bitter winter, it should be known that most, if not all, veterinarians suggest year-round flea and tick treatment. But why?If you suspect your dog is suffering from the effects of fleas and ticks, we recommend scheduling a veterinary appointment immediately. Our veterinarians and support staff have extensive experience treating fleas and ticks for dogs. We know flea and tick infestations can be frightening and overwhelming, but we assure you they are treatable.NexGard kills adult fleas and is indicated for the treatment and prevention of flea infestations (Ctenocephalides felis), and the treatment and control of the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis), the black-legged (deer) tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the Lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) infestations in dogs and puppies 8 weeks of age and older, weighing 4 pounds of body weight or greater, for one month.