When it comes to flea treatment for your dog, there is a range of different types that will suit your fluffy companion to what they need. Your vet will prescribe which treatment they think will be the most effective and suitable for your dog's way of life. Your dog will be recommended to receive this flea treatment once every month.
There is also a combined treatment available to treat fleas and worms in one, here at Spinney Vets we know having a lot of different flea treatments and appointments can confuse dog owners like yourself. It’s known as an all-in-one flea and wormer. If you are interested to know more about this treatment, it is best to discuss it with your vet. The all-in-one flea and worm treatment doesn't cover every type of worm and your Vet will want to check if your dog has any complications that the combined treatment won’t cover.
How often should flea treatment for dogs take place?
Now we know the risks of having no treatment, the next thing to know is the frequency at which the treatment is given.
To ensure your dog is receiving an efficient amount it needs to be treated at least once every month. Our Vets at Spinney will be able to advise a specific course of action depending on their lifestyle, so whether your dog is a free spirit or more of a homebody, they will be able to prescribe you the most suitable treatment.
If you are handling a puppy, this may also affect what you are advised. Midst all of the other preparation that takes place when a puppy is introduced to your life, flea treatment is an important one to check off the list. Puppies are naturally more likely to encounter fleas because of their smaller build and immune systems, this results in them requiring more frequent treatment than the average. The specific amount of treatment will be affected by the severity of the fleas and the product being used. Details regarding this can be explained by your vet during your flea and worm treatment appointment.
If your dog is due for flea treatment, you can book an appointment at our Northampton clinic now.
The consequences of no flea treatment for dogs
If your dogs are not receiving flea and worm treatment for the prescribed duration period or have not been administered any at all, there are health risks that could follow. This will make your dog more susceptible to potential flea and worm infestations. These can produce symptoms such as itching, discomfort and digestive issues, anaemia. This can also become fatal to puppies and immunocompromised dogs as it will have a bigger impact on their body and immune systems.
Flea treatment for dogs doesn’t just impact them, you and your home can also be affected by having no barriers of protection. Flea infestations can easily take place within your home, this can then start causing problems for you and your family members.
All of this can be avoided by receiving the correct flea treatment for your dog and ensuring it is following the correct prescription. From doing this not only will you have a happy pup, but you can also rest easy knowing your home is protected. This can all be discussed with our vets at our Northampton Clinic.
How is flea treatment for dogs advantageous?
Going outside and being curious is in a dog's nature, but this is also where all the opportunities for fleas are waiting. The most common way for your dog to get infested is by contact with other dogs or through entering an environment that already has fleas. Parks local to our Vets for example are a breeding ground for them, especially in the warmer months from April to October. The last thing you want to do is stop your dog from having the freedom and luxury to embrace their instincts.
Once the flea treatment for your dog has taken place, none of this will be a worry. You can approach any park with the peace of mind, that your dog is fully protected.
Frequently asked questions about fleas' treatment for dogs:
- How long can you wait between flea and worm treatments?
Between the two there should be a window of time before the second treatment, this is usually a week. Having that break in between makes sure the treatment has been fully absorbed and has no impact on the secondary treatment effectiveness.
- When do fleas occur?
Fleas are more prominent in the warmer months during Summer but can become a problem for your dog all year round if the right treatment is not given.
Put your mind at ease knowing your dog is fully protected against all year round. Our team at our Northampton Vets are experienced and ready to support you and your pet.