A Brief History of Animals

An Introduction to Flea Medicine.

A majority of pet owners do not know how to control fleas in pets despite it being a major concern. Various ways can, however, be used to control the fleas. One of the important things to know about the insects is that their average lifespan is 2-3 years of which only ten percent of it is spent on an animal. A million eggs are laid by a female flea. One fact concerning the flea eggs is that they survive up to a year until the right conditions are available for them to hatch. The fact that cats and dogs come into frequent contact with fleas makes them an easy target, and also their warm body temperatures are ideal for the insects. Human babies are also an easy target of the insects which is why they should be a major concern in the households. There are different flea medicines for pets, and they vary in their odor, safety, and convenience. Regardless of the medicine to be used in their control however, application should be on all the animals, the compound and also in the car. A majority of pet owners when purchasing the medicines fall into the trap of buying ones that will not be effective in all places in the compound.

Of the various varieties of flea medications, the commonest are the ones that come in powder form. It is usually advised that these medicines should be used on dogs that are more than eight weeks old. For those using these medications, they are advised to apply after every few days if they are to be effective. One of the demerits of flea powder is that it only kills adult fleas but does not affect the larvae. The other popular type of flea medication comes in the form of sprays. Different from the powder medicines, the sprays are also able to eliminate larvae. The only disadvantage that comes with them is that dogs do not find them very pleasant. Flea dips are another form that can be used to rid pets of fleas. This method is effective in eliminating the fleas in a short period, but due to its highly toxic levels, it should not frequently be used. When using the flea dip method, caution is taken by wearing gloves as the chemicals could be harmful to the skin. Pet Action, frontline plus and K9 are some of the popular flea medicine brands.

One important determining factor for animal owners when buying flea medicines is the price for the medications. The price is usually dependent on its ability the various types of fleas. Most people prefer medications that offer a wide scope of parasite protection. The medicines can be bought from the local dealers or the online stores.