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Flea Control For Your Dog and Cat

Fleas can be one of the most annoying aspects of owning a pet. They can aggravate both you and your pet – dog fleas and cat fleas can and will bite people as well, and flea bites can become itchy and uncomfortable.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to deal with the fleas, both preventative measures to help keep the flea population at bay, as well as ways to combat the population that may already exist.
The first product to help with fleas, and arguably the most important, is to keep up to date on “monthly”, continuous treatments. You can use a topical drop like Advantage, Adventure Plus, Frontline or ZoGuard. You can also use a flea collar like Seresto.

It is important to know how these products work. Once they are put on, the chemicals from the product are dispersed over the body through the natural oils on your pets’ skin. Once a flea gets on your pet, they come in contact with the product and they are killed. These products will also kill flea larvae and flea eggs.
Lastly, you can use a monthly ingestible option. Burns Feed Store carries CapShield Maxx which is a pill you can give monthly that will kill fleas within 30 minutes, then an IGR (insect growth regulator) will stay in the bloodstream of the dog for 30 days and will control the fleas for the rest of the month. After the first day, any new flea to land on the dog and takes a blood feed will not fully reproduce, thus ENDING THE FLEA LIFE-CYCLE.
These are all products that will do a good job of protecting your pets from fleas on a consistent basis.
With that said, sometimes more steps need to be taken to get control of the flea population. The flea drops and collars work well, but if the flea population is large, fleas will continue to get on your pets and will be able to bite before the chemicals kill them. Luckily, there are other products that can be used to help kill the fleas and their larvae and eggs before they get onto your animals.
Some of those products include foggers, to be used inside specific rooms of a home. Foggers will kill adult fleas, larvae and eggs. There are also sprays that are labeled to be used inside the home that will also kill adult fleas, larvae and eggs.
Sometimes, the biggest problem is found outside the home in the yard. Burns Feed Store has products that can be used to kill the adult fleas, larvae and eggs that could be growing in population there as well.
The best advice we can give is to stay up to date on your “monthly”, continuous flea control that is put directly on your dog or cat. Then if flea numbers seem to be high, take an aggressive approach and treat the house for fleas as well as the lawn.
Fleas can be extremely annoying, but with the proper applications, used in the correct ways, you and your pets will be flea free and happy!