There used to be a time when dogs were given an annual bath possibly followed by a hearty covering of flea powder and sent on their way. In some instances a flea collar may have been added once the weather began to warm.
The common belief was that all dogs would have some fleas, you just had to keep the numbers down a little. There are several reasons why people have now changed their thoughts on this method of care. First, because the average weather is milder in many areas there is a larger population of fleas hopping around today.
People are much more aware of the long list of diseases and health issues fleas can cause. Animals are also treated with a lot more respect than they used to be. In fact, it is not uncommon today for a dog to be considered as much a member of the family as any of the humans.
Finally, one of the main reasons flea control is different is because we have so many effective ways to kill these pesky parasites. The products which are available today can eliminate the risk of fleas, ticks and even lice. Not only do these pills, powders and liquids kill existing fleas, but they can also help to repel others and destroy flea eggs already in the fur of the pet.
These products are typically designed to last for up to 30 days, making it possible for them to interrupt the life cycle of the fleas. Animals who are placed on this type of preventative are typically healthier, happier and more comfortable.
In addition, the homes these pets live in will also be exposed to less of these nasty pests which will make the residents of the home much more comfortable. With all of the animals in the home being treated regularly, the house can become free of fleas with just ordinary cleaning in as little as three months.
If your vet has suggested your pets be kept on a flea preventative medication year round, try what she says. Once these pests are able to become established on your pet and in your home, it takes much longer to eliminate them entirely. With constant treatment they can be banished once and for all.