Flea Control

posted: by: South River Veterinary Service Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

First, prevention is always the best way of avoiding flea infestation. For dogs, we recommend using flea and tick prevention throughout the year.  We recommend a monthly chewable option called Nexgard, available by prescription only, or other products like Frontline, Advantix, or a Seresto Collar.  For cats that go outside, we recommend Frontline or a Seresto Collar, for indoor cats, Advantage (only a flea prevention product, does not protect from ticks).  Please remember that Advantix is toxic to cats and should only be used on dogs. The topical products (Frontline, Advantage, Advantix) should be applied drop by drop and should contact skin, starting between the ears and continuing down the neck, back and to the base of the tail. If you apply the entire product to one spot, it will pour over the fur and be useless. These products should be applied year around in animals that go outdoors (ticks can be active through the winter), from March to November in indoor cats. All animals in the household should be treated.

If you see fleas on your animals and /or in the house:

We strongly discourage the use of flea bombs. We believe that you are exposing your family to unnecessary chemicals and that these products do not adequately rid the environment of flea eggs or larvae.

Instead, we recommend:
  1. Put a piece of a flea collar in your vacuum bag and that you vacuum at least every other day for 2 weeks.
  2. Sprinkle Borax Laundry Detergent into cracks and crevices, couches, chairs, rugs and other floor surfaces. Don't forget the basement even if the animals do not go there! Borax will dehydrate and kill the flea eggs before they hatch. Leave the borax on the floors and furniture for 24 hours then vacuum.
It can take several months to completely rid the house of eggs, pupae, larvae and adult fleas. Persistence is the key!