Flea and tick treatments are expensive so let’s make sure we make it last. For dog and cat owners that apply topical flea treatments once a month; in order for the treatment to be most effective, apply it to a dry coat that has not been washed or submerged in water for at least 3 days. After applying the topical treatment you must then wait an additional 3 days before bathing or fully submerging the coat in water. This will give the topical treatment time to absorb and work its way through the coat by using your dog’s and/or cat’s natural skin oils. If you get the coat wet prior to giving the topical treatment enough time to dry completely, you risk washing it away.
If you have your dog or cat professionally groomed wait at least 1 week before applying the topical flea treatment. Topical flea treatments work with the dog’s and/or cat’s natural skin oils to spread throughout the skin and coat which will help produce a more effective and longer lasting coverage.
In order to prevent a flea infestation ALL indoor animals (cats) must be treated even if they do not have direct access to the outdoors. If you have a flea infestation you have to treat ALL of your indoor pets which includes even your cats that do not access the outdoors. This is because your dog can bring these pests inside where they can drop the flea larva onto your carpet or area rugs. The indoor pet that goes untreated will be a safe breeding ground for these pests and your infestation will never diminish.
All of your pets MUST be treated for at least 3 consecutive months before you will start to see the infestation diminish. The infestation will appear to get worse before it gets better, this is because the larva that was dropped will hatch. Until the babies jump onto your pet and bite they will stay alive. Allow your pets to have access to every room in the house to ensure that any pests that has entered that room will jump back onto your pet to bite and die.
ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR VETERINARIAN ABOUT WHICH FLEA TREATMENT IS BEST FOR YOUR PET(S).