by Dawn Watson
The scratching is driving you nuts—you’re embarrassed to tell anyone and there are so many products on the market that you’re confused. Welcome to Flea Season!
The flea cycle is composed of 4 elements: the egg, the larva, the pupa, and the adult flea, which can live for about 4-6 weeks depending on the environment. They are vampires, these little buggers, and, along with their sister-parasite, the tick can literally suck all the blood out of its host in a matter of weeks. The itching/scratching cycle occurs as the flea bites the host and causes a chemical reaction.
Topical treatments are distributed in the dog's natural skin oils and work to kill adult fleas. Certain oral treatments can sometimes be used in conjunction with a topical treatment. Shampoos, dips and topical sprays can be used and are generally effective but should not be used in addition to the topical treatments.
Flea collars are not terribly effective because although they might kill fleas around the area of the collar, they rarely prevent the fleas from jumping on other parts of the pet.
Wado udohiyu (Thank you very much in the Cherokee language)
Owner and Lead Trainer, Brother of the Wolf, LLC
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