What constitutes the best dog flea treatment can be a very subjective issue. Consulting with veterinarian is a great way to come up with a dog flea treatment plan that will work for you and your dog.
The simplest and most effective dog flea treatment available today is using one of the dog flea medicines. These are available as drops or as a pill or chewable tab. The advantage of the drops is that you simply place one or two between your dog’s shoulder blades. This will not only kill all the fleas on your dogs, it will prevent another infestation for at least 30 days.
The most popular dog flea treatments that you can buy over the counter are Frontline Plus, K9 Advantix and Revolution Flea Treatment. All of these are drops, which you apply directly to your dog’s skin. It might not seem to make sense that a few drops can rid your dog of fleas but these topical solutions will. Plus, they will keep your dog flea free for up to a month.
There are also some very effective dog flea treatments that you can get only through your veterinarian. The leading flea medicine in this category is Advantage Topical Solution.
Also, there is a group of flea oral drugs that are very effective. Included in this group are Program Flea Control, Sentinel and Comfortis®. Sentinel is a flavor tab tablet that prevents the development of flea eggs but will not kill adult fleas. On the plus side, it will guard against heartworms, adult roundworms, whipworms and adult hookworms.
The manufacturer of Comfortis says that it is the first FDA-approved, chewable, beef flavored tablet that not only kills fleas but prevents flea infestations for up to a full month. You give this to your dog once a month.
Program Flea Control is a flavor tab that contains lufenuron, an insect growth regulator that breaks the fleas lifecycle and it’s base, preventing flea eggs and larvae from ever developing. While this is a good insect development inhibitor, it does not kill adult fleas.
The Best Dog Flea Treatment
If your dog has become infested with fleas and you believe that your house has too, then what you really need is a system for getting rid of these pests.
This should start with one of the flea medicines such as Frontline Plus or K9 Advantix to kill all the fleas on your dog and to prevent it from becoming re-infested.
Next, you must turn to the problem of fleas in your house. Here, things become a bit murky. A good flea spray such as Raid® Flea Killer Plus Carpet and Room Spray will go a long way towards eliminating those pests. The only drawback to a spray is that you must use it in every area where fleas might congregate. And you might not know what all those areas are.
Once you have diligently sprayed those areas you think might have fleas – around your dog’s bedding, on his favorite chair or sofa, underneath furniture, along wallboards, etc. You might want to use a flea fogger to finish the job. This is because a good fogger– for example, Raid Flea Fogger, can sometimes reach areas that a spray cannot. On the other hand, a flea spray is able to reach areas that a fogger cannot – so the use of both these products can almost guarantee you will read your house of fleas.
Once you complete these treatments, you’ll need to vacuum thoroughly – and vacuum again — all those areas for you believe are flea infested. Be sure to immediately take the vacuum bag to the trash or enclose it in another plastic bag because at this stage, some fleas may not be dead and could repopulate your floor or carpeting. You should repeat this process several times, after which your house should be flea free.
If your dog as a bed, you should wash it several times in your automatic washer with hot water.
Dog Flea Control
Getting a problem with fleas under control is no easy matter. This is because fleas are tough, tenacious little creatures that nature has designed for survival. Fleas have a four-stage lifecycle, one of which is called the pupae. When a flea larva reaches this stage, it creates a silk-like cocoon, which is impervious to all flea sprays, powders, foggers, and whatever. In fact, the larvae can live within this cocoon for up to a year without feeding. This means that if you do not get all of the larvae out of your house, surprise! You will eventually have fleas again. This is why a really effective flea treatment is something that you should do monthly for several months to keep those evil little critters from coming back on you.
It would be nice if you could treat your dog and your house for fleas just once and be rid of them forever. Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. The real answer to getting rid of dog fleas for good is three words: patience and persistence.