At Martindale Animal Clinic we recognize that fleas account for a large proportion of the skin problems that we see in our patients.
For some pets even one flea bite can trigger an intense level of itch in the skin. Your pet then begins to chew and scratch at the skin causing:
- Hair loss
- Bacterial infections
Your pet can pick up fleas even by one trip into the back yard. The flea jumps on your pet, come into the house and then lays eggs at the rate of 50 eggs per flea per day. By the end of one month you can have 250,000 fleas and eggs in your home.
There are some very safe and effective products that prevent and treat fleas. Advantage or Revolution drops are applied to your pet’s skin once per month. The product spreads over the entire skin (from nose to tail) in about 12 hours. It then stays on the skin for one month. Any time a flea jumps onto your pet it is killed before it has a chance to bite.
Advantage and Revolution are also very effective at eliminating a flea infestation in your home. Within 12 hours all of the fleas on the pet are dead. As your pet walks around in your house the fleas jump back on to feed and are killed. Within 41 days all of the fleas are gone. However the flea egg can lay dormant in your house for 6 months. So it is important to continue the Advantage product for 6 months so that when those eggs hatch into fleas and jump onto the pet they cannot start the cycle from repeating.
These flea products are prescription products and we must have an active medical file on your pet to be able to dispense them. Contact us today to book an appointment or to learn more about flea control and prevention methods for your pet.