This has been a bad year for fleas. …

Posted October 21st, 2014 by admin

Comment posted on Is it safe to reapply Frontline flea control on my cat? by Susan W

This has been a bad year for fleas. At our clinic, we are recommending that you apply your topical flea products about every 3 weeks. We are also recommending that you alternate products to help prevent the fleas from becoming resistant to one product or the other. Advantage, Frontline and Revolution are all excellent products. We also recommend Capstar to help give the topicals a boost. Capstar is a tablet that will kill any flea that bites your pet, starts working in 30 minutes and lasts for 24 hours. We also recommend the use of Program, which is a hormone that sterilizes fleas so they cannot reproduce. Your cats can use the injectable form that will last for 6 months.

Flea dips and flea collars are worthless. You need to eliminate the source of the fleas by treating every pet in the environment, doing your best to keep other pets and animals that carry fleas out of your environment, treating your environment as best as you can, and giving the products enough time to work. Nothing will eliminate them immediately. Flea larva that are cocooned in the environment can survive for about 2 years, so you can have an invasion long after you think the fleas are gone. Be patient, be deligent and you should see a decrease in the size of the fleas (from adult to newly hatched) and in the number of fleas. And remember, fleas are only on the pet for about 2 hours each day to feed. The rest of the time, they are in your yard and your house. They prefer dog and cat blood, so won’t usually bite people unless they can’t find a dog or cat.

Good luck!

Susan W also commented

  • Call your vet and ask. Since this is a chemical treatment, I would hate for you to get the wrong advice.
  • if advantage is what works then use it but you should still take your cats to the vet to have them flea dipped..that will help to take away some of the fleas and give your cats and you releif..hope i helped
  • You shouldn’t use any flea control that wasn’t prescribed by your vet.

    I prefer Revolution as it is a catch all for just about everything, fleas included. It is cheaper to buy in bulk from the vets office.

  • I agree with everyone who said to talk to your vet and/or get the medication only from a vet.

    But here’s my additional advice on flea treatments. You have to deal with the environment as well.

    1. Treat the cat. Go to your vet and get either Advantage or Frontline Plus (I went with Advantage).

    2. Get yourself a “flea comb” and comb your cat at least once per day. Have a bucket with dish soap in it handy to dunk the comb in and to collect the hair. Fleas can’t jump out of the slippery soap. No point in combing them out only to have them jump back on your cat. Flush this down the toilet, pour it down the sink, or dispose of it away from your house.

    3. Treat your house. Options are a borate powder product or something that uses diatomaceous earth. Fleabusters (BP), Fleago Natural Flea Control (BP) or Flea Away Natural Flea Powder (DE). Put about a tablespoon of this in your vacuum cleaner bag (or you can cut up a flea collar to put in there. Just follow the directions which will vary by product, but in general you’ll sprinkle on the carpet and vacuum up and also sprinkle into cracks and crevices. (I chose Fleago because it’s less expensive than Fleabusters. I may also try Flea Away in time).

    4. Vacuum as often as possible. Before vacuuming, stomp around the house. This will bring the fleas to life because they’ll think there’s a tasty morsel out there. Then vacuum those little bastards up. Be sure to use your attachments to vacuum as many cracks and crevices as you can – they love to hide out there.

    5. Wash any pet bedding in hot water, and you’ll want to be particularly diligent about vacuuming/treating areas where your cat hangs out.

    6. Treat your yard. Even if your cat doesn’t go outside, fleas may enter your home if they exist in your yard. There’s a small chance that you or others may bring fleas in the house with you (although this is unlikely). Get hold of some nematodes to spray in your yard. I believe you only have to do this once per year. These little creatures will eat the flea larva. As one website put it, these critters are too small to hug, but they deserve it! (I had to order this online; I wasn’t able to find a place that sells them in my area and didn’t feel like calling every place in the phonebook).

    Things not to do: Don’t use any essential oils on your cat, particularly anything with pennyroyal or eucalyptus. They’re toxic to cats. Don’t use flea collars. Don’t give your cat any garlic/yeast formulations. Don’t give your cat lemon baths.

    You’re going to want to continue treating your home as directed, whether that be sprinkling once per week or once a month. Continue treating throughout flea season (when it’s warm). You can stop during the winter months, but start up again in the spring. You’ll nip them in the bud!

    The key is to treat the environment, not the cat. If you do that, you may never have to apply another flea product directly on them again.

  • You should wait to reapply it. You should take your cats to the vet or groomers and have them flea dipped. Ask if you can keep them there all day, and while they’re there, you should vaccum and steam clean your house and wash everything the cats were on. If you dont treat the environment, the fleas will always come back

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  1. Susan W

    This has been a bad year for fleas. At our clinic, we are recommending that you apply your topical flea products about every 3 weeks. We are also recommending that you alternate products to help prevent the fleas from becoming resistant to one product or the other. Advantage, Frontline and Revolution are all excellent products. We also recommend Capstar to help give the topicals a boost. Capstar is a tablet that will kill any flea that bites your pet, starts working in 30 minutes and lasts for 24 hours. We also recommend the use of Program, which is a hormone that sterilizes fleas so they cannot reproduce. Your cats can use the injectable form that will last for 6 months.

    Flea dips and flea collars are worthless. You need to eliminate the source of the fleas by treating every pet in the environment, doing your best to keep other pets and animals that carry fleas out of your environment, treating your environment as best as you can, and giving the products enough time to work. Nothing will eliminate them immediately. Flea larva that are cocooned in the environment can survive for about 2 years, so you can have an invasion long after you think the fleas are gone. Be patient, be deligent and you should see a decrease in the size of the fleas (from adult to newly hatched) and in the number of fleas. And remember, fleas are only on the pet for about 2 hours each day to feed. The rest of the time, they are in your yard and your house. They prefer dog and cat blood, so won’t usually bite people unless they can’t find a dog or cat.

    Good luck!

  2. justmy2cents

    you should call your vet and ask. i don’t think splitting the tube between your cats will do much. i think you need the entire tube on one cat for it to work. sorry

  3. babyphatgoddess75

    You should wait to reapply it. You should take your cats to the vet or groomers and have them flea dipped. Ask if you can keep them there all day, and while they’re there, you should vaccum and steam clean your house and wash everything the cats were on. If you dont treat the environment, the fleas will always come back

  4. RuneAmok

    I agree with everyone who said to talk to your vet and/or get the medication only from a vet.

    But here’s my additional advice on flea treatments. You have to deal with the environment as well.

    1. Treat the cat. Go to your vet and get either Advantage or Frontline Plus (I went with Advantage).

    2. Get yourself a “flea comb” and comb your cat at least once per day. Have a bucket with dish soap in it handy to dunk the comb in and to collect the hair. Fleas can’t jump out of the slippery soap. No point in combing them out only to have them jump back on your cat. Flush this down the toilet, pour it down the sink, or dispose of it away from your house.

    3. Treat your house. Options are a borate powder product or something that uses diatomaceous earth. Fleabusters (BP), Fleago Natural Flea Control (BP) or Flea Away Natural Flea Powder (DE). Put about a tablespoon of this in your vacuum cleaner bag (or you can cut up a flea collar to put in there. Just follow the directions which will vary by product, but in general you’ll sprinkle on the carpet and vacuum up and also sprinkle into cracks and crevices. (I chose Fleago because it’s less expensive than Fleabusters. I may also try Flea Away in time).

    4. Vacuum as often as possible. Before vacuuming, stomp around the house. This will bring the fleas to life because they’ll think there’s a tasty morsel out there. Then vacuum those little bastards up. Be sure to use your attachments to vacuum as many cracks and crevices as you can – they love to hide out there.

    5. Wash any pet bedding in hot water, and you’ll want to be particularly diligent about vacuuming/treating areas where your cat hangs out.

    6. Treat your yard. Even if your cat doesn’t go outside, fleas may enter your home if they exist in your yard. There’s a small chance that you or others may bring fleas in the house with you (although this is unlikely). Get hold of some nematodes to spray in your yard. I believe you only have to do this once per year. These little creatures will eat the flea larva. As one website put it, these critters are too small to hug, but they deserve it! (I had to order this online; I wasn’t able to find a place that sells them in my area and didn’t feel like calling every place in the phonebook).

    Things not to do: Don’t use any essential oils on your cat, particularly anything with pennyroyal or eucalyptus. They’re toxic to cats. Don’t use flea collars. Don’t give your cat any garlic/yeast formulations. Don’t give your cat lemon baths.

    You’re going to want to continue treating your home as directed, whether that be sprinkling once per week or once a month. Continue treating throughout flea season (when it’s warm). You can stop during the winter months, but start up again in the spring. You’ll nip them in the bud!

    The key is to treat the environment, not the cat. If you do that, you may never have to apply another flea product directly on them again.

  5. Crystal

    You shouldn’t use any flea control that wasn’t prescribed by your vet.

    I prefer Revolution as it is a catch all for just about everything, fleas included. It is cheaper to buy in bulk from the vets office.

  6. -*starz*-

    if advantage is what works then use it but you should still take your cats to the vet to have them flea dipped..that will help to take away some of the fleas and give your cats and you releif..hope i helped

  7. Erin

    Call your vet and ask. Since this is a chemical treatment, I would hate for you to get the wrong advice.