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How Long Does it Take for Flea Medication to Work?

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. Some flea medications take quite a long time before they are effective, but others can bring your cat or dog relief within a couple of hours. Information about how fast a pet treatment becomes useful can be found on the product label, on the manufacturer’s site, or from talking to the veterinarian.

Another an important consideration when determining the effectiveness of a flea medication is how the medicine is applied. Shampoos, collars, dips, spot-on, pills, and chewable tablets are all available and be used to good effect.

When it comes to selecting the most suitable treatment type, you must make a correct decision based on your particular situation. 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. This is because fleas and ticks live on the body of the pest for a small part of their life cycle, and most of these pests are found in the 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 in the pet’s environment brings about two elements of parasite control that are important.

Any flea and tick treatment that remains active only for a few hours or a few days will not be practical for any pet owner. 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 of fleas and ticks is important, yet many people tend to overlook it.

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.

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