Flea Control - Treatment & Prevention
Fleas are a common problem for dog and cat owners, and unfortunately, these tiny insects also bite human hosts, too. Fleas thrive in warm temperatures with high humidity, so while they're strictly a summertime problem for many people, in some parts of the country fleas are in residence all year round.
Unlike some parasites, fleas are easy to detect: they're large enough to be seen with the naked eye, and tend to congregate in locations such as the head and neck, and the belly and inner thigh area. If your pet has fleas they'll likely be scratching frequently, and may also lick or bite the itchy spots.
Fleas are More than Just a Nuisance
A flea's bite itches because the insect's saliva contains a substance that prevents blood coagulation and allows them to feed uninterrupted. It's this anti-coagulant that causes the itching.
The itching isn't the only possible problem that can result from flea bites. For pets who are particularly sensitive or allergic to flea saliva, the problems can include severe inflammation and irritation, and skin infections. A heavy or long-term flea infestation can also cause severe anemia, particularly in puppies.
Preventing and Treating Flea Infestations
Treatment and prevention of fleas relies on interrupting the insect's life cycle to prevent it from reproducing. Usually this requires treating the home as well as all of the pets in the home, because a female flea can lay hundreds of eggs in her short life, and flea eggs and cocoons can lie dormant for long periods of time.
There are many options when it comes to flea control but the one we highly recommend is prescription-strength Trifexis for flea prevention and treatment in dogs, not only for its powerful flea protection, but also because it prevents heartworm and other parasitic infections. Trifexis is a once-a-month chewable tablet, with a beef flavor that most dogs enjoy.
Trifexis begins killing fleas within 30 minutes of the first dose, and providing that it's administered monthly, will continue to kill fleas on your dog. However, for Trifexis to be most effective it's important that any other pets in the house, particularly cats, are also treated with an appropriate flea control solution.
Flea Treatment at Bixby Animal Clinic
Trifexis is only available from your vet, so contact us at Bixby Animal Clinic to make an appointment, and enjoy the benefits of a safe and effective method of flea control.