First, prevention is always the best way of avoiding flea infestation. For dogs, we recommend a monthly application of a flea and tick prevention, the 2 products that we recommend are Frontline and Advantix. For cats that go outside, we recommend Frontline, for indoor cats, Advantage (only a flea prevention product, does not protect from ticks). Please remember that Advantix is toxic to cats and should only be used on dogs. These products should be applied drop by drop and should contact skin, starting between the ears and continuing down the neck, back and to the base of the tail. If you apply the entire product to one spot, it will pour over the fur and be useless. These products should be applied year around in animals that go outdoors (ticks are active through the winter), from March to November in indoor cats. All animals in the household should be treated.
If you see fleas on your animals and /or in the house:
We strongly discourage the use of flea bombs. We believe that you are exposing your family to unnecessary chemicals and that these products do not adequately rid the environment of flea eggs or larvae.
Instead, we recommend:
1) Put a piece of a flea collar in your vacuum bag and that you vacuum at least every other day for 2 weeks.
2) Sprinkle Borax Laundry Detergent into cracks and crevices, couches, chairs, rugs and other floor surfaces. Don't forget the basement even if the animals do not go there! Borax will dehydrate and kill the flea eggs before they hatch. Leave the borax on the floors and furniture for 24 hours then vacuum.
3) Apply either advantix, advantage or Frontline every month 12 months a year (see 1st info. for application directions).
It can take several months to completely rid the house of eggs, pupae, larvae and adult fleas. Persistence is the key!
South River Veterinary Service is pleased to announce that we are now offering Care Credit. Qualified clients now have access to a no interest payment plan if paid within three months. To apply for Care Credit, go online to www.carecredit.com or call 800-365-8295 for an automated phone application and an immediate decision. We hope that this service will help your pets be able to receive needed health care. Please call us with any questions.