Flea & Tick Control and Prevention for Pets - 1800PetMeds

Most flea control products are pesticides. Period. Pesticides put your pet at risk.
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The report urges pet owners to use a variety of safer approaches to controlling fleas and ticks. In many cases, these pests can be controlled with simple, non-chemical measures, such as brushing pets regularly with a flea comb while inspecting for fleas, vacuuming carpets and furniture, and mowing frequently in areas where pets spend the most time outdoors. In other cases, these non-chemical measures may be combined with pet products that use "insect growth regulators," or IGRs. For cases of infestations, or when pets are allergic to flea bites and need immediate relief, newer products using fipronil (marketed as Frontline® or TopspotTM) or imidacloprid (marketed as Advantage®) are safer and effective.
WebMD discusses natural options for controlling fleas and ticks on pets.
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Because comparative, unbiased testing is hard to find when it comes to flea control products, we looked first at feedback from veterinarians and other recognized pet experts who have extensive experience with the options, their relative effectiveness, and their safety. One scientific journal, Parasites & Vectors, provides testing based information and is also helpful, but is written for a professional audience, rather than pet owners, and some of the research is paid for by flea control makers, so though peer-reviewed, bias can't be ruled out. The Natural Resources Defense Council provides feedback on relative safety of many products, but doesn't weigh in at all on effectiveness. There is a risk of low-level exposure to Revolution flea control on the coats of treated pets:
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If you're concerned about ticks, will kill both fleas and ticks. You'll still have to give another medication to , but you'll avoid the sticky mess of a topical flea and tick treatment. If you treat your pet seasonally for fleas, a combination flea and heartworm product probably isn't right for you. Instead, you can give your pet during flea season to kill the adult fleas while continuing your usual year-round. Convenience? Flea Treats are tasty treats for dogs and cats. Safe, natural, effective flea control is as easy as feeding treats to your pet each day. No visits to the vet. No dips, no sprays, no messy toxic yard treatments. Flea Treats protect your pet from the fleas that are out there. Period. You'll save lots of time. Time for a walk with your best friend, or a round of catnip-enhanced games. And then some. More free time is something we all could use, isn't it? Think about it.Take effectiveness, for example. While insecticidal and hormonal products affect the fleas (or their reproductive ability) the flea contacts your pet, Flea Treats prevent the fleas from contacting your pet in the first place. That's a difference worth thinking about. To control a serious flea infestation, repeat your outdoor flea treatment every 2-3 weeks for at least 6 weeks. Once the fleas are under control, maintenance treatments should be performed every 4-6 weeks thereafter. At the same time you're treating your home and yard, use on your pet.Pets with flea sensitivity will not respond to flea treatment if it does not include environmental control. If your pets spend most of their time outdoors, it's important to treat these areas, but you should also include indoor flea and tick control as part of your overall flea control plan. Attention to your yard is crucial if the climate is warm, especially if it is warm year-round.Anyone who has ever battled fleas knows how difficult they are to eradicate. Once a home becomes infested, control can be difficult, time-consuming and expensive. A flea-infested dog or cat can introduce hundreds of new flea eggs into the home each day. By mid- to late summer, pet owners often find themselves fighting a losing battle against established flea populations that are enormous.