Much like retiring grandparents, fleas are attracted to the
warmer climates. If your area’s average temperature is below 40
degrees, we classify that as a “Low Flea Alert.” If your area’s
average temperature is between 40 and 64 degrees, that’s a
“Moderate Flea Alert.” If your area’s average temperature is 65
and above, that’s a “High Flea Alert.”
What does this mean? Simply put, if you live in an area where
it stays really hot all year round, you need to take the advice
of many veterinarians and provide constant flea protection for
your pet. That means you need a flea treatment solution
that keeps your pet pest-free, but also is as low-hassle for
you as possible since you will have to apply the treatment to
your pet throughout the entire year.
When to Treat for Fleas in the Heat
For instance, if you live in some parts of the Southern United
States, you will be dealing with the ideal conditions for
fleas: between 65 and 80 degrees and 70 to 85 percent humidity.
In this case, it may be easiest to use spot-on flea and tick treatments like
K9 Advantix II, Advantage Multi for Cats, or Frontline Plus. Both need to be applied
to your pet only once a month and kill existing fleas while
also regulating flea growth. K9 Advantix II also kills and
repels mosquitoes, which are found in high numbers in hot areas
of the country as well.
If you’re worried about missing a spot when you apply spot-on
solutions, you can also use oral flea
pills like Comfortis or
Capstar Flea Killer to give
your pet quick pest relief. Some of these treatments begin
working within 30 minutes and render all fleas dead within four
hours. However, some oral flea pills only last for 24 hours,
meaning if you live in a hot region and need protection every
single day of the year, it’s probably easier to use the spot-on
Perhaps the easiest way to provide non-stop protection for your
pet is to use a long-lasting flea collar, like Seresto, which releases flea and tick
repelling chemicals for 8 months. You can place the collar on
your pet, and they'll be protected for months.
When to Treat for Fleas in the Rain
If you live in a cold and wet climate, both K9 Advantix II and
Frontline Plus are waterproof, meaning they can keep your pet
flea-free even during a rain shower. Just apply the spot-on
solution once a month, and you’re good to go. That fact is good
to know for those living in hot and dry climates as well. Let
your dog swim in that lake or jump in front of that garden
hose! Your pet will still be protected from fleas afterward.
When to Treat For Fleas in the Cold
Ok, so you live somewhere that can be downright freezing.
There’s only a high flea threat during a few months of the
year. When should you begin to treat your dog?
If you’re set on not providing your dog with year-round flea
protection, we recommend you begin treatment on your dog a few
months before the peak flea season for your area. Find out when
that will be by looking at the graph at the bottom of our map,
which is based on your region’s historical weather data.
Welcome to Tick Country
Sadly, ticks don’t take vacations. Your pet can get bit by a
tick year-round, depending on your home state. That means if
your pet spends a good amount of time outside, you should
seriously consider getting some strong tick protection.
Our map shows the different types of ticks commonly found in
the United States, some of which are most associated with certain diseases.
Deer ticks can cause Lyme disease; American dog ticks can carry
Rocky Mountain spotted fever, as well as cause tick paralysis;
the Brown dog tick can cause Ehrlichiosis, which can become
incurable; and Lone Star ticks can also carry Rocky Mountain
West Coast Ticks
Using our map, you can see that on the West Coast, you’re
likely to find the brown dog tick, American dog tick, and deer
tick in different combinations. And if you’re living in
California, there’s a chance you might have to deal with all
Southern and East Coast Ticks
However, that isn’t even the most crowded tick area in the
United States. For that you have to head to the South and the
East Coast, where you will find four different types of ticks:
the brown dog tick, American dog tick, deer tick, and the Lone
Fear not! For
the best flea and tick medication for dogs, several spot-on
medicines that kill fleas also kill ticks, including K9
Advantix II, Frontline Plus, and PetArmor. In hot areas where
there are large numbers of both fleas and ticks, these spot-on
treatments seem to be the best bet to protect your pet from all
those pests out there.
Spot On Flea Control
What is spot-on flea treatment for pets?
With just one dose, spot-on flea
and tick treatments for pets provide month-long
protection against potentially harmful parasites. Treatment is applied by
pouring a small amount of oily fluid directly onto the skin of
your pet. Within twelve hours of application, nearly one
hundred percent of all present fleas and ticks will be killed,
as will any new parasites.
Pet owners choose spot-on treatments because they're easy to
use and because they immediately repel harmful fleas and ticks. A
parasite-infested cat may show signs of fatigue, a loss of
appetite, and chewing at their skin. A cat that eats a flea
could even contract intestinal tapeworms, a dangerous parasite.
Spot on flea and tick protection kills fleas at all life
stages, which eliminates the risk of both internal and external
parasites. Since many parasites can transmit disease with just one
bite, veterinarians agree that the only good fleas and ticks
are dead fleas and ticks.
How do I apply the spot-on treatment?
Spot-on the application is easy: just apply the liquid in each
dose directly to the skin between your pet's shoulders,
applying at several spots for larger dogs. With just twelve
applications over the course of a year, you, your pet, and your
home are protected from ravenous infestation. After twelve
hours the application is waterproof, so your dog can fetch a
ball thrown into a pond, have a bath, or just cool off with the
It's important to note that spot-on treatments are tailored
specifically for the size and type of your pet. A spot-on
treatment designed for a large dog will not work for a smaller
dog in any dosage, nor will dog-specific medicines work for a
cat--in fact they are dangerous.
If your household is home to both dogs and cats, be sure to
keep your cats and dogs separate for at least 12 hours.
What are the differences between spot-on flea and tick
Before choosing the best option for you and your pet, there are
some differences to consider among popular spot-on
K9 Advantix II’s active
ingredients attack a tick's nervous system on contact, waging
war on a cellular level. The treatment is applied every month
and kills fleas and ticks, as well as mosquitoes. K9 Advantix
II also controls flea development, giving your pet protection
against all sorts of pests.
Frontline Plus does many
of the same things as K9 Advantix II: It too is applied every
month and kills fleas and ticks, including those that could
lead to intestinal parasites. However, Frontline Plus does not
repel and kill mosquitoes.
PetArmor is a favorite of
some pet owners because it applies in seconds and generally has
no side effects. It also protects your pet from the mange mites
that can cause severe skin allergies like scabies, as well as
chewing lice. However, it does not control flea development or
repel and kill mosquitoes.
Farnam Biospot is a cheap solution to your dog’s flea and tick
problem, providing protection for less than twenty-five cents
per day. The treatment repels black flies and prevents
heartworm, as well as Lyme Disease. Again, however, this
medicine does not combat mosquitoes.
As for cats, some veterinarians recommend Advantage II or Advantage Multi for Cats for our
feline friends, because it prevents the growth of flea larvae
and kills blood striking flies. This product does not protect
your pet against ticks and mosquitoes, though.
What else do I need to know about spot-on treatment?
Remember: follow directions closely, as doses are specific from
cats to dogs, and from smaller dogs to larger dogs. Be sure
your pet's weight and the strength of the medication are in
agreement. As with all medicines, consult a veterinarian before
applying spot-on flea and tick treatments to young and old
pets, pets in poor health, or pets who have shown sensitivity
Spot-on treatments are designed for healthy pets that are
neither too young nor too old. In severe cases, both fleas and
ticks are visible to the naked eye, though it's possible that
harmful activity could happen before detection occurs. Ask your
veterinarian which spot-on treatment is best for your pet.
Spot-on treatments protect your cats and dogs inside and out.
They also protect you as a pet parent and your home. These
relatively inexpensive treatments ward off Lyme disease, Rocky
Mountain Spotted Fever, tapeworms, and expensive and risky
veterinary care. Spot-on treatments ensures the health,
comfort, and safety of your pets while providing invaluable
peace of mind to a pet's best friend.
K9 Advantix II
Frontline Plus for Dogs
Capstar Flea Killer