If you are routinely providing your pet with flea and tick
prevention and they are still suffering from pesky bug bites,
there are several reasons why your
medication may not be working.
It’s All in the Application
First and foremost, you need to make sure you are applying the medication correctly. We
know this goes back to grade school basics but always read the
instructions. This is especially true when it comes to topical
products such as shampoos, dips, or spot-on treatments. It is important to
make sure the product reaches your pet’s skin and doesn’t sit
above their epidermal layer on the fur. If the product doesn’t
hit the skin, it cannot be absorbed in your pet’s sebaceous
glands where it works its flea-fighting magic. Also, make sure
you are using the entire tube of medication. Don’t skimp and
try to save a few dollars by splitting the product between
months or between pets. It will not function properly if you do
Healthy Skin is a Must
Your pet’s skin could easily be affecting the medication
results. As mentioned above, if the product does not reach your
pet’s sebaceous glands, it will not work effectively. This is
common in pets that have extremely dry skin or thick fur. When
in doubt, a simple trip to the groomer will provide a world of
difference. Similar to humans, it is important for your pet’s
skin to be exfoliated so extraneous dead skin cells are removed
and the topical treatment can work properly.
If your pet’s skin is the picture of health and you follow
medication instructions top to bottom, you may need to add a
second level of flea and prevention in the form of a flea collar. Sometimes, in extreme
weather regions where heat and humidity prevail, fleas are more
common and your pet may just need a little extra flea-fighting
power. Flea collars are effective, hassle-free and one of
the only forms of prevention that can
be combined safely.
To banish fleas and ticks once and for all, we recommend
treating your house and yard with preventative products to
ensure an insect-free lifestyle. Oftentimes, if your yard is
heavily landscaped or you live near a wooded area, it is smart
to invest in flea and tick yard
spray to add another level of insect security. This will
give your pet even more protection from those pests.
Can Bathing My Dog Affect their Flea Treatment?
Believe it or not, being too clean can be a bad thing. For some
people, that is an inconceivable notion while some other folks
have yet to meet a pile of dirt they don’t like. However, when
it comes to proper preventative care for your dog during and
before flea and tick season,
hold the soap… for a little while at least.
As a general rule of thumb, when applying any spot-on, topical, or at times
even oral medication to
your pet, it is best to wait at least 48 hours before bathing.
In the case of flea and tick
prevention, this allows the product to begin working
effectively. This is especially true for spot-on treatments,
dips, sprays, and shampoos.
Wait it Out
Spot-on treatments are applied directly to your dog's back and
base of the tail. Within 12 hours, the product will begin to
kill and repels fleas and ticks on dogs and continue to prevent
infestations for up to a month. It is important to keep your
dog away from the groomers during the first 48 hours of
application so the product can work effectively. Spot-on
treatments repel all life stages
of fleas, including adult fleas, flea eggs, flea pupae, and
larvae. They also banish other biting insects including
mosquitoes, gnats, flies, and more. If spot-on treatments are
too abrasive to your dog’s skin, there are a wide variety of
flea and tick shampoos and dips made specifically with a
variety of nurturing ingredients including aloe, lanolin, and
The 48-hour rule also applies to dogs wearing flea and tick collars. Even though most
collars are waterproof, they still need the two-day leeway to
get proper flea and tick prevention underway.
Use Non-Stripping Shampoos
Once the two-day mark has come and gone, don’t imprison your
pup in the house. Most flea and tick products are waterproof,
but "non-stripping" shampoos are best. These are formulated to
not disrupt the medication that's working on your dog's skin,
so your pet will continue to get protection against fleas and
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is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or
diagnosis, or treatment by your veterinarian. Always seek the
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