Nova here, on assignment. This week I’ll discuss fleas and some flea treatments.
Flea season is almost upon us here in the Pacific Northwest. Make sure you get an early start on treatment before you have a problem that can get out of control! Not to mention the horrible skin problems fleas can cause if your pet has a flea allergy. Who wants their pet to suffer with itchy skin?
The new treatments are quite safe compared with treatments from just fifteen years ago. The most common flea treatment used to be “dipping” your dog with harmful chemicals. Of course, most groomers didn’t actually dip the dog in a vat of stuff. They usually sponged it onto your pet and let the product sit and dry. These chemicals could cause anything from burns to nerve damage in the pet … or sometimes even cancer. These products were bad for the groomers as well. Plus they smelled awful!
The new “spot” treatments, such as Frontline or Advantage, are much safer and last much longer; however, *anything* you use to kill fleas can be harmful if used improperly. Be sure you follow directions exactly and *never* use the wrong size dose on your pet.
There are also newer systemic treatments that you give to your pet in pill form. The Muttley Crew carries one such product named Capstar.
This pill kills all the fleas on your pet within 45 minutes and then is out of their system. It does not, however, keep working after the intial dose. It is *not* residual. So if you have a severe infestation you will need to give your pet a pill every day.
The folks here at The Muttley Crew are awaiting a new flea protection system that has been in use in Europe for several years. It is non-toxic and is completely pesticide free. I’ll keep you informed when it’s available!
Take care and look for my reports on a weekly basis!