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How Long Does it Take for Flea Medication to Work?

When you find fleas on your pet; you wish for them to be gone quickly. 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. 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. Pet medications can be in the form of shampoos, dips, chewable tablets, spot-on, pills, and collars.

It is essential that you make the right choice based on your particular situation. For example, pet owners with children prefer the use of pills or chewable tablet to prevent the chances of the kids coming into contact with 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 immature pests mature, they eventually seek out your pet causing new outbreak. The presence of fleas in the pet’s environment brings about two elements of parasite control that are important.

The Period Flea Medication Lasts: Flea and tick medications that remain active for a few hours or days are not practical for most pet owners. You don’t have the time to keep re-treating your dog or cat even other time.

The development of pet products that last for several weeks was a huge leap forward and now some newer flea treatments last even longer with a single dose lasting for several months. This has an advantage in that it prevents the risk of missed doses of treatment.

Environmental Tick and Flea Control: Many medications are effective at quickly killing fleas on pets, but pet owners still have to deal with parasites in the yard or the house. Often people tend to overlook environmental control of fleas which is an important thing.

You can remove flea eggs and larvae in the house by vacuuming floors, carpets, and furniture and by washing the pet bedding in the washer and dryer’s hottest cycles.

When it comes to the outdoors; you can control the number of fleas using a yard and premise spray.

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