How to Handle Fleas On Your Dog | petMD

Figure 8. Dogs presenting with flea-bite dermatitis. Photographs by , University of Florida.
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Most essential oils are efficient and natural ways of getting rid of fleas, eggs and larvae, but excess quantities could harm your dog and cause a lot of trouble. Consult your vet for the right quantities that will help keep fleas at bay without harming your pet. It largely depends on the percentage of concentration of the oil in question and the immunity and health of your dog.
Regular inspection of the dog with flea combs will help you monitor the flea population.
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Collars that repel and kill fleas are another option. Their effectiveness may depend on how invasive the fleas are in your dog’s environment, and the collar needs to make contact with your dog’s skin in order to transfer the chemicals onto the fur and skin. When adjusting the collar around your dog’s neck, make sure there is just enough room to fit two fingers under the collar. Cut off any excess length of collar to prevent your dog from chewing on it, and watch for signs of discomfort (e.g., excessive scratching) in case an allergic reaction to the collar occurs. Make sure you read labels carefully when choosing a collar to make sure it is size and age appropriate. When should you treat your dog with flea or tick products? It depends on where you live.
Photo provided by Flickr1. Check with your vet before you use any flea or tick product. This is key if your dog is:
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Bravecto is the first oral chew for dogs to provide up to 12 weeks of protection against fleas and ticks. One chew provides broad-spectrum and long-lasting protection that starts to kill fleas within 2 hours and controls 4 tick species: black-legged tick (a.k.a. deer tick), American dog tick, brown dog tick, and lone star tick. Bravecto eliminates current flea infestations and prevents new ones from developing for 12 weeks. With one chew, Bravecto is easier to give and less to worry about for you! Bravecto requires a prescription from your veterinarian.Give appropriate dosage based on your dog's weight. (See How to Use). If it is suspected that any of the dose has been lost or if vomiting occurs within two hours of administration redose with another full dose. If a dose is missed, administer NexGard and resume a monthly dosing schedule. NexGard can be administered with or without food. NexGard should be administered all year-round. Treat all the pets in your home to reduce the risk of a flea infestation. Protecting your dog from harmful fleas and ticks has never been so easy! NexGard is a brand new, revolutionary flea and tick preventative from the makers of Frontline®, the #1 choice of veterinarians. It's the first flea and tick killer of its kind because it comes in a yummy, beef-flavored soft chew that protects your dog from a flea and tick infestation for a full 30 days. That means, you don't have to worry anymore about messy topicals, or accidentally washing your dog's preventative off while bathing! Also, it can be taken alongside your dog's heartworm medication, without interruption. NexGard keeps your pet protected from adult fleas by killing them before they have a chance to lay eggs, which reduces the possibility of a flea infestation. Plus, it kills 3 types of ticks (the American dog tick, the black-legged (Deer) tick and the Lone Star tick) which decreases the risk of your pet developing a deadly tick-borne disease. NexGard requires a prescription from your veterinarian.Advantage II is a monthly flea preventative for dogs and cats that offers comprehensive flea protection by killing adult fleas, larvae, and eggs. Plus, it kills fleas through contact, which means fleas don't have to bite your pet to die. Advantage II also treats, prevents, and controls lice on dogs. Advantage II does not kill ticks, so we recommend using the along with Advantage II (dogs only). Advantage II for small cats 5-9 lbs can also be used for ferrets weighing 1 lb or over and 10 weeks of age or older.