How To Handle Flea On Dogs And Pets Cure
The first thing we’re going to discuss is which flea treatment to use for dogs or for cats because a problem here is that the vets don’t always stock the kind of products that you prefer to use but promote ones that they get to discount on like Advocates. So what are my thoughts on this subject? Let’s start things off by saying what we really want our chosen flea treatment to do. We want it to kill fleas. We want it persist to for a known period of time so to keep working as well as it did on day one for a known period of time. On top of that, we want it to be non-toxic.
It should be easy to administer. We also want any flea treatment to cover any other parasites that may be present and maybe a risk to your dog or your cat and that’s really going to depend on the geographical area that you live in so where you live in the world because there’s going to be different parasite problems. I’m and we also want to ideally to help reduce the environmental flea population.
So that’s reducing the eggs and larvae developing then into adults. So, if we think about older products that have been around for a long period of time and a lot of pet shop and supermarket products are going to have stocks of these by any stretch, but some of them, either don’t persist for the whole month or may only be effective for a few days. The duration of the potency of the product is very important so that they can effectively kill fleas on day one when they’re first applied and have the same kind of action for the next few days. However, you need to know that they won’t be able to keep killing fleas for an entire month. They might have a low safety index as well so overdosing is easy and actually in some cases the normal dose that we give is really verging on the toxic dose and the interval. That’s given so that a monthly interval is observed because if we apply any more frequently to do a better job, we’re actually going to really be getting into toxic levels some.
So they won’t help prevent the eggs and larvae from developing and so they’re just really not very good at killing fleas. Maybe they were at one point but the fleas are actually developing resistance to that.
Now, if we move on to side effects and kind of safety not all products, which work will have a risk of side effects. So, there’s no going away from that, you know those risks are really really low and I can’t stress that enough and I’ve actually spoken before about Bravecto on safety because there’s was an FDA kind of reminder about the potential for neurological signs.
I’ve also discussed Revolution and certain allergic reactions that our pets may have to certain topical products as well. So, you know, there are potential side effects and then another side effect to know about is that really we should only apply cat products to cats. So, never apply a dog product to your cat unless you’ve been specifically advised that, that’s okay by your vet because some dog products are really very dangerous if given to cats. Now, there are so many products out there that do a very good job. I’m not going to give particular names because the names do change depending on which region you’re in and you know, there’s a lot of different ones that cover a whole range of different parasites that again, you know change depending on where you are in the world now.
Like I said, we really want to make a decision based on local parasite risk and how well each product meets the requirements of the ideal flea treatment I’ve just discussed. We also want to try and avoid doubling up products with the same action. So, you know, it might be that you’re worming your pet with a certain thing and you only need to treat fleas so you then don’t need a flea product that also does worms if you’re giving a separate tablet and in part kind of the decision to stop different products by a vet is going to be based on what’s safe and what meets all those ideal requirements.
What is appropriate for the local parasite risk, but you know, it’s also a business decision as well because ultimately that shops need to make money to stay open, and so that’s a reality. Now, if you’re part of a big group of practices or a kind of a corporate group, you might be instructed to preferentially stock certain products. If your veterinarian is an independent oen, they might be part of a buying group that just try and help reduce prices to remain competitive with their neighboring practices.
Now, our decision as to which product we’re going to be buy should never be compromised by which product works. You’re not going to get a product that doesn’t work being stalked by your vet because ultimately that’s going to really undermine their credibility and they’re going to lose clients or as a result of that. We’re not in the business of selling things that don’t work and are no benefit or are really dangerous, but you know there’s also a business risk. There’s just no way that a vet can stop everything on the Shelf. So, the other thing to say is if you did have a specific product that you really wanted to try then the vast majority of X are going to be able to order something in for you specifically that’s generally not a problem. It might take a day or two or even a week to get that product in for you. But when you’re getting a box of four or a box of three treatments that’s going to last a month for each treatment, it’s not something that needs to be ordered in as an emergency. You just need to call them up a couple of weeks before you need to have a new supply and get that ordered in for you.
That’s really my thoughts around that and there are a lot of products out there. Like I always tell people, the product that’s going to be most ideal for you to use is going to depend on your pet; on the kind of lifestyle they have; and where you live. So, really just have a chat with your vet and also kind of ask them to explain why they’re recommending certain products. Maybe that actually has additional benefits to the product that you’re thinking of so have that conversation and it’s not just your vet that you can speak to. You can also consult with the nursing team or the reception team as well because they often have very good training about parasite risks and which products work and which products are recommended.