If you have not been treating your environment for fleas and you have cats and dogs, it is likely that you are going to find yourself having to treat your pets.
While your vet is the best resource for information regarding flea products for you dog or cat, there is some basic information you should know about treating for fleas.
Some of the most popular products on the market are topical treatments which are applied to the back of your animal’s neck. Some examples of these are Frontline and Advantage. While these products are easy to obtain over the counter and sometimes less expensive than those prescribed by your vet, they have a down side.
When you apply these products you are putting insecticide directly on your pet. The insecticide is absorbed through the skin and into the blood stream, effectively making your pet toxic to the fleas.
If you have children in the home or even if you are playing with or petting your dog or cat, you can get this insecticide on our hands. If you have other pets in the home, they may actually lick it off of each other.
A better option is a new product prescribed by your vet called Confortis. Confortis will still make your pet toxic to fleas but it is an oral medication instead of a topical, therefore lessening some of the dangers.
Confortis can be given if you see your pet has a flea infestation and it will last for at least 30 days. It does not need to be constantly given. You can use it on an as needed basis.
The most important thing you can do to keep your pets flea free is to treat the environment. This means your yard and your home. There are a lot of safe and natural products on the market that can help you keep the environment free from fleas. Boric acid based products are safe and effective. EcoSMART has a line of bio pesticides that are very safe and effective. Some of their pesticides are so safe, they are exempt from EPA regulations.
Keep your pet’s environment flea free and you won’t have to worry about giving what is basically an insecticide to your furry friend very often. That is safest for your pets and your family.