When you see fleas and ticks on your pet; you certainly want them gone immediately. But with the many treatments available in the market, it becomes hard for you to determine which one works more quickly than the other. You will find that there are some flea and tick medications that take long before they can be useful, but there are others that will offer your cat or dog pet relief within a couple of hours. You can find information about how quickly a medication starts to work by reading the product label, on the manufacturer’s website, or by inquiring from your vet doctor.
The method of application is another thing that you must consider when identifying how long it takes for the medication to be effective. Pet medications can be in the form of shampoos, dips, chewable tablets, spot-on, pills, and collars.
When choosing a form of flea treatment, you must make the right choice based on your specific case. For instance, owners with children sometimes prefer a flea and tick pill or chewable tablet over a topical preparation to limit the chances of their kids inadvertently coming into contact with the medicine on the pet’s skin. But you must know that selecting a flea medication that works quickly and one in the right formulation is just part of the battle. Because fleas live on the skin of your pet for a small part of their life, most of them will be found in the surrounding environment at any given time. As the young fleas mature they will eventually seek out your pet, causing a new infestation. The presence of fleas and ticks in a pet’s environment brings about two critical aspects of pest control.
Flea treatments that remain active for a couple of hours of a few days are not practical for many owners. Nobody has the time to be re-treating their pet so frequently.
The creation of products that last for several weeks was a big step forward, and the new flea and tick treatments that last for up to several months with just a single dose have made things better. By using long-acting flea treatments, you minimize the risk of missed doses.
There are several medications that are effective in quickly killing fleas and ticks on the pet, but you still have to deal with those parasites found in the yard or the house. Environmental control is essential, but it is often overlooked.
Flea eggs and larvae in the home are best eradicated by vacuuming floors, furniture and carpet and by running the pet bedding through the washer and dryer’s hottest cycles.
You can minimize the numbers of fleas and ticks on your compound by use of a premise and yard spray.