May is allergy awareness month!

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GOT FLEAS?


In coastal Humboldt County, it can seem like flea season is all year round! As we move into the warmer months, we tend to notice our companions beginning to scratch more frequently. Fleas can dramatically affect your pet’s health. Flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) is a common dermatological disease found in dogs and some cats throughout the US. Flea saliva contains histamine-like compounds that can cause hypersensitivity in dogs and cats when bitten. If left unmanaged, a simple flea annoyance can turn into patchy hair loss, skin lesions, and sleepless night for your furry friend.  

Your pet can still have a flea allergy even if you are not seeing fleas on them! It just takes one bite.

We recommend that ALL of your pets be on current flea prevention year round even if they do not go outside.

Fleas are incredibly resilient. They can jump thresholds and enter your home, even without help from your cat or dog. Once inside your home, environmental flea infestations can quickly spread. Even if you begin to treat your animals with flea prevention, you will have to manage to fleas that could be living in your carpets and upholstered furniture.


Environmental Flea Control

Once fleas are diagnosed and the pet is treated, it is time to start environmental control of fleas.  There is a 1-3 month delay between a flea egg and transformation to an adult flea.  Every female flea can lay up to 50 eggs per day, which are 2,000 eggs in a lifetime.  These eggs will fall off the pet into bedding, carpet, couch cushions, etc.   To start the environmental control begins with these steps.

1.       Vacuum the floors couch cushions, pet beds, and cat tree every other day.    With a bag-less vacuum, please dump the canister out in an outdoor garbage can.  If you have a bag, either dispose or freeze the bag immediately.   Vacuuming alone can remove 32-59% of the eggs and 15-20% of larvae.

2.       Wash dog/cat bedding and throw rugs weekly in hot water to kill the larvae and eggs. 

3.       Knockout and Siphotrol, which are sprays that can be directed, are good products for more environmental control.  A boric acid product from flea busters is another product.  Diatomaceous earth should only be used outside and long term exposure has been linked to lung damage.

4.       Treating only with pet flea meds will take about 2-3 months to control the flea infestation in the house.  Vacuuming and cleaning bedding will take about 1 month to control the flea problem in the house.  Using flea area products will take less than 1 month to control the flea in the house.  Keeping pets on a continuous flea preventative will prevent these out of control infestations.

5.       www.drmichaeldryden.com is a great website about flea life cycles and control.


Flea prevention options!

We offer a variety of topical and oral flea prevention for dogs and cats.

Dogs-

Comfortis- flavored tablet that is given orally every 30 days to prevent fleas*

Nexgard- flavored jerky chew that is given orally every 30 day to prevent fleas and ticks*

Bravecto- flavored jerky chew that is given orally every 90 days to prevent fleas and ticks*

Revolution- topical liquid that is applied to the skin on the back of the neck every 30 days to prevent fleas and heartworm*

At this time our office does not carry any OTC flea preventions for dogs, all of our recommended products are by prescription.

Cats-

Comfortis- flavored tablet that is given orally every 30 days to prevent fleas*

Revolution- topical liquid that is applied to the skin on the back of the neck every 30 days to prevent fleas, round worm, hookworm, ear mites and heartworm*

Cheristin- topical liquid that is applied to the skin on the back of the neck every 30 days to prevent fleas (This product can be purchased over the counter and does not need a prescription!)