Western Australia's warm, sunny climate is perfect for enjoying all kinds of outdoor activities, and is the envy of many overseas visitors. Unfortunately, this balmy climate is also perfect for breeding unwanted parasites and, unless controlled, these pesky pests can make a dog's life miserable.
Luckily, there are many products available for use which will help keep fleas under control. Listed below are some of the flea control options available:
- Shampoos and Rinses
These are generally pyrethrin based and as such are safe for use on puppies. Most rinses become inactive 24 hours after treatment, but there are some longer acting rinses on the market.
- Flea Sprays
These products are much safer and less toxic than once believed.
- Spot On Preparations
These are very easy to use and very effective. They kill fleas within 24 hours of application and remain effective for 4 weeks.
- Oral adulticides
These products are given orally once a month, and kill fleas before they can lay eggs. These tablets are often in a product combination that provides heartworm prevention and intestinal worming treatment as well.
- Growth Regulators
These products are given orally once a month and, quite simply, prevent fleas breeding. For complete flea control, these should be used with an adulticide.
- For Use In the House
Flea bombs can control fleas for as long as nine months with safety. Kills adult fleas as well as juveniles.
- For Use Outside
There are many sprays available that kill fleas in the garden for several weeks at a time.
Flea treatment is the most written about, talked about and catered for condition in the companion animal world, but which product to use and when?
The supermarket and pet shop shelves are a minefield of conflicting claims and promises. The correct product used correctly really can make that huge difference between having a pet that is miserable and one that is fun to be with.
Why not get a balanced and accurate appraisal of your pet's needs?
These products vary in their application and, more importantly, their mode of application. The type of animal, its hair length, how often you bath it and where it lives all have a bearing on which product you should choose.
You'll find our advice considered and tailored to your individual pet's needs.