Preparing for Spring: Most Common Flea Preventatives

Spring is here, and with the warmer weather comes the fleas. It happens every year, and it will continue to do so. If you want to be able to protect your pet from fleas, you’ll need to make sure that you are using a reliable flea preventative treatment.

There are several different types of flea control solutions. Which type you use may be based on several factors, such as your pet’s health, type of pet, age of pet, and other factors. It is best to get the advice of your veterinarian before starting a flea treatment, even if you are looking at a non-prescription option.

Spot On Treatments

Spot on treatments are flea preventatives that you put on your pet once a month. The liquid or gel treatment is applied to the back of the neck. These treatments are relatively inexpensive, and often do not require a prescription. They are easy to apply, and generally effective for most pets. It is important to get the treatment on the skin, not lost in the fur. If your pet has very thick fur this may not be a viable option.

Flea Sprays

Some flea sprays can be used to treat your pet as well as your home. These sprays kill fleas on contact, but they do not continue killing fleas long term. If you have a flea infestation pop up in spite of other measures, flea sprays can help you control the flare.

Oral Flea Control

The best method of flea control is oral medication. There are several different ones to choose from, and they range widely in price and effectiveness. It is important that you give your pet the right dose of the medicine, based on their size, type, and weight. Oral flea control is generally by prescription because it can be dangerous if not used correctly.

If you are interested in trying oral flea control or if you need other flea preventative options, contact us today for more information.