Top 10 Flea Myths
THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT FLEAS AND THEIR IMPACT?
READ THESE COMMON MYTHS TO TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE.
- Myth:A few fleas are no big deal. Reality: You’ve heard the expression “breeding like rabbits”? Well, rabbits have nothing on fleas-a few fleas can turn into a massive infestation in a hurry. Any if your pet is sensitive to flea antigen, even one or two bites can make him/her very uncomfortable. Your pet deserves to be completely free of fleas.
- Myth: Pets need flea preventive only a few months out of the year. Reality: In many warm, humid areas, fleas thrive year-round. Even in more seasonal climates, a warm spring or fall can extend the flea season to nine or 10 months of the year. Plus, fleas can survive on your pet and inside anywhere! Year-round flea control is best for your pet.
- Myth: I’ve never seen a flea on my pet, so he/she doesn’t need flea control. Reality: You may be in flea denial. Just because you don’t see fleas doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Your veterinarian can use a special comb to detect fleas and their waste, so ask her to do this if she hasn’t already. Even if your pet’s clean, she can pick up fleas at any time, so it’s a good idea to protect her.
- Myth: I can get good flea products over-the-counter. Reality: Over-the-counter control products are not as potent and therefore not as effective as the prescription products you can get from your veterinarian. Some are even toxic, especially if administered incorrectly. Your pet’s doctor can prescribe the best product for your pet and his lifestyle (does he swim? hunt rodents?) and show you exactly how to apply it.
- Myth: Once I treat my pet and the fleas go away, my work is done. Reality: One of the biggest mistakes pet owners make is to stop giving a flea product after the fleas go away. One of the reasons you need to provide continuous control is this: Pets can become ultrasensitive to fleas if they’re intermittently exposed. In other words, if you notice fleas, treat them, and three months later they come back, and then you treat them again and three months later they come back again, your pet is more likely to develop flea allergy dermatitis-a miserable condition that causes itchiness, lesions, and hair loss. Don’t let the fleas come back at all, and your pet is at a much lower risk for flea allergies.
- Myth: I only need to treat my one flea-ridden pet, not the other pets in my household. Reality: All pets in your household need to be treated-especially the cats (fleas favorite host), and even the guinea pig. Some pets are more sensitive to fleas than others, so if you treat only the pet that’s scratching, she’s likely to be reinfested by other pets that also have fleas but aren’t giving you any itchy signals.
- Myth: I can’t afford to give a flea preventative monthly. Reality: Providing preventive monthly flea control is a low-cost alternative compared to the stress and cost of treating flea-related illnesses and possibly paying someone to decontaminate your home. If you can’t afford to pay for a year’s worth at a time, buying one dose at a time may be a cheaper alternative for you.
- Myth: My pet stays in the back yard, so he won’t pick up fleas. Reality: Your yard is constantly being visited by wildlife such as raccoons, rabbits and squirrels, as well as other neighborhood pets (cats are notorious roamers). These animals can spread fleas and flea eggs, which can infest your pet when he goes outside.
- Myth: All flea preventives protect pets from fleas only. Reality: Flea products are often combined with agents that control other parasites as well, helping protect you pets from additional diseases-some of which can be transmitted to you. So keeping pets on flea control is best for the whole family.
- Myth: All flea products are toxic. Reality: Unlike “natural” products, prescription flea control agents have been extensively tested and approved by the FDA. Your veterinarian and the members of our hospital team use these products on our own pets, and we can answer any questions you have about safety.
FLEA CONTROL CAN BE A CHALLENGE-HERE’S WHY:
- One flea can produce 2,000 eggs in it’s lifetime.
- 95% of flea stages are present in the environment rather than on the pet. These environment stages can survive up to 365 days.
- Fleas can reproduce indoors in many climates year-round.
- Flea-allergic pets much be treated aggressively to reduce the flea burden to the lowest possible level.
- All animals in a household must be treated, not just the flea allergy dermatitis individual.
- Immature fleas are hard to see, and can be found anywhere the pet has been.
- Infestation can thrive in small areas in the home. While pets can become reinfested from sources outside the home (such as parks, kennels, backyards, and woods), in the majority of cases, effective flea control often requires that focus be placed on what’s happening in the household.
- Flea control products must be used at correct dosage and all year-round, depending on the pet’s history.
FRONTLINE PROVIDES SUPERIOR AND SAFE FLEA AND TICK CONTROL
- Shortly after application, FRONTLINE begins to move from the point of application by the process of translocation to the sebaceous glands all over the body that replenish the skin and haircoat with FRONTLINE.
- Because FRONTLINE remains in the sebaceous glands in the skin, it is waterproof.
- Within 24 hours, FRONTLINE will be distributed to the sebaceous glands all over the body, killing 98-100% of fleas.
- Fleas become hyperstimulated upon contact with FRONTLINE, and rise to the top of the haircoat in the process of dying/ This is a sign that FRONTLINE is working!
- When FRONTLINE is used monthly, fleas picked up from the environment will be killed, preventing flea infestation.