When you encounter fleas and ticks on your pet, you want them gone immediately. But there are so many treatments available that it becomes hard for you to identify which one will work fast. Some flea medications take quite a long time before they are effective, but others can bring your cat or dog relief within a couple of hours. Information about how fast a pet treatment becomes useful can be found on the product label, on the manufacturer’s site, or from talking to the veterinarian.
Another important that you must consider when determining the length of its effectiveness is the method of application. The different ways of flea medications available are shampoos, collars, pills, spot-on, dips and chewable tables and they can all be used to good effect.
It is essential that you make the right choice based on your particular situation. For instance, owners with children sometimes prefer a flea and tick pill or chewable tablet over a topical preparation to limit the chances of their kids inadvertently coming into contact with the medicine on the pet’s skin. However, choosing a flea and tick medication that works quickly and in the right formulation is only part of the battle. This is because fleas and ticks live on the body of the pest for a small part of their life cycle, and most of these pests are found in the environment at any given time. As they mature, the fleas and pests will look out for your pet causing a new infestation. The presence of fleas and ticks in a pet’s environment brings about two critical aspects of pest control.
Flea treatments that remain active for a couple of hours of a few days are not practical for many owners. Nobody has the time to be re-treating their pet so frequently.
There was a great move with the creation of products that could last for several weeks and now there are those that last even for months with a single dose. By using long-acting flea treatments, you minimize the risk of missed doses.
Environmental Tick and Flea Control: Many medications are effective at quickly killing fleas on pets, but pet owners still have to deal with parasites in the yard or the house. Environmental control of fleas and ticks is important, yet many people tend to overlook it.
Flea eggs and larvae in the home are best eradicated by vacuuming floors, furniture and carpet and by running the pet bedding through the washer and dryer’s hottest cycles.
When it comes to the outdoors; you can control the number of fleas using a yard and premise spray.