Flea Medication: A Buying Guide
Over the past years, the control of fleas has grown immensely. A wide range of fleas controlling products are available in the market, and they range from pills to topical formulations. Pet owners are even confused by the various available products. One of the flea medications to be introduced in the 90’s was Lufenuron. The medicine came in the form of a pill and was introduced to control fleas in pets. To some extent, the program medication was successful but had its limitation. The formulation worked by inhibiting Larvae from hatching. The medication, however, did not kill the adult Larvae. Only when the flea died a natural death did the pet become flee of the parasite. Sentinel was later introduced and contains a combination of both heartworm prevention and Lufenuron. In the elimination of fleas, neither program nor Lufenuron, has been able to effectively eliminate adult fleas.
Effective medications have been introduced recently in the market. Flea controlling products that have recently been introduced in the market include Advantage, Revolution, and Frontline. Deciding the best medication for the pet depends on what results the pet owner is expecting. Revolution is a topical medication that is normally absorbed into the pet’s body. Cats and dogs are the most suited pets for this medication. It is efficient in controlling fleas, ticks, and heart worm diseases. The other organisms that can be treated using revolution should be discussed with a veterinarian. The medication controls other parasites effectively. However, it requires veterinary direction in order to use it effectively. This is the reason why it cannot be obtained the online platforms. Tests such as heartworm test need to be conducted by a veterinary so as to determine the revolution dosage required by the pet. After the test then a form is filled requesting for a revolution dosage.
Another popular brand of flea medication is the Frontline Plus. The design of the formulation is suitable for both cats and dogs. The medication dosage also takes into consideration the weight of the pet. Frontline works by killing ticks and fleas when it comes into contact with them. Eggs and larvae are neither spared by the medication. Water does not affect the effectiveness of the medicine. Some types of shampoos which come into contact with the pet make the medication inefficient by neutralizing it. In order to avoid this and continue bathing the pet even after applying the medication, some steps should be followed. One of them is to consult with the veterinarian about a shampoo that will not strip of the Frontline medication. The other one is re-applying the frontline medication 24 hours after the pet has been bathed. The skin oil of the pet requires 24 hours to build up properly. Oil helps frontline medication spread efficiently on the skin.A Quick Rundown of Resources