The most popular way to prevent an infestation of fleas is a topical preventative. You are probably familiar with products such as FrontLine or K-9 Advantics. These products are applied between the dog’s shoulders making an X pattern. They repel fleas and ticks for up to one month.
The problem with most topical preventatives is the tendency to lose effectiveness as the month goes forward. The level of protection week one is not the same as the protection as week three or week four. Your Veterinarian may recommend applying the topical more frequently. This strategy will allow for less peaks and valleys in the level of flea protection.
However, many people are uncomfortable with placing a chemical on their dog’s skin. They may have small children or another pet that may try to ingest the topical treatment from the other dog’s back. Also, if you have a dog who swims frequently, the flea preventative will wear off quicker.
Comfortis (spinosad) is a new flea prevention solution. Comfortis is an oral tablet given to your dog once a month. It is a chewable beef flavored tablet that kills fleas and prevents flea infestations on dogs for a full month. Comfortis starts to kill fleas within 30 minutes of ingestion. It is safe for puppies 14 weeks old and up. You can purchase Comfortis from your Veterinarian.
If you are concerned about using chemicals to control and prevent fleas in your dog, there are organic solutions available. Adding garlic to your dog’s food will help control fleas. You may also use Sulphur once a week as an additional preventative. You can also try giving your pet Black Walnut Hulls. You can find them in capsule form at many health food stores. Black Walnut hulls will repel not only fleas but also, ticks and mosquitoes. Keep in mind that none of these solutions will work overnight and may take about four to six weeks before they are effective.
We recommend that you speak with your veterinarian before using any suggestions in this article.