Keep your pet safe! How To Treat Fleas on Dogs, Cats, Puppies & Kittens – (Flea Control Products)

Flea Treatment Options
Hello I am Dr. Mike. In areas where fleas are endemic, they cause a lot of medical problems
in our pets. It’s important in our discussion about fleas to understand their life cycle,
what problems they may cause and the most current and effective treatment options available.
Today we are going to meet Dr. Wayne Rosenkrantz who is board certified in animal dermatology.
Fleas can cause several different scenarios and complications in our domestic pets. Of
course, the biggest one as a dermatologist and that we as veterinarians often see is
allergic reactions associated with flea bite reactions. When a flea takes a blood meal,
there is an exchange of salivary and other body part allergens that get into the system
and in sensitized animals, this causes an intense itching reaction that can manifest
as infections or hot spots, and that is the most common.
Other concerns relate to the ingestion of the flea that can contain a development stage
of a tapeworm. A tapeworm is an intestinal parasite that usually doesn’t cause a lot
of harm to most pets, but it’s an upsetting parasite. If owners happen to see these fragmented
segments around their pet’s bottom or on their stools, this of course draws attention and
obviously veterinarian attention needs to be given to appropriately treat and eliminate.
Anemias, those are rare also, but in heavy infestations, fleas do suck blood. In small
pets, kittens and puppies, if they have a heavy flea infestation, the fleas can actually
take enough blood meal to create an anemic situation. That, of course, can become more
of a life threatening scenario. So as far as actually killing fleas and implementing
flea control, there are a variety of choices available. The beauty about the new products
is that they have a tremendous increase in safety and efficacy than older, more toxic
dips that we used to use years ago. The topical products are easy for a lot of client to apply.
Then there are owners who prefer to use oral treatments, and oral treatments have their
own benefits, and particularly in dermatology we see a lot of patients who have skin disease
and inflammatory changes on their skin. We like owners to bathe their pets frequently.
When you bathe frequently, you can remove some of the topical products. Oral administration
has a big benefit especially when bathing programs are more frequent and indicated.
A product that I think is the most unique and certainly helped really tremendously in
our practices is the oral treatment; it has great efficacy and has been really, really
safe and highly effective in our flea allergic patients. So when you’re comparing topical
verses oral, are there some distinct advantages over one product than the other? There are
clients that don’t like topicals on their pets; they don’t like the greasy or residual
legions that it may leave at the sight of application. There are concerns about exposure
to people and the environment when you put the products on topically. The other huge
benefit is when we’re doing bathing and lots of other topical therapy, which is very important
in dermatology cases that the oral has a superior benefit over the topical. As far as prevention
of fleas and recurrences of complications, the key to success is consistency. That really
is what you need to do. Again, working with your veterinarian and picking the right product
that fits your pet’s specific needs, but using the product like its labeled indications,
once a month, every three months. That’s the key to success. When people become more complacent,
they do flea control for short periods of time, then the flea loads tend to reoccur.
The other areas of attention related to fleas and flea related dermatitis problems is treating
the complications of the disease that results from a flea bite or a flea allergy. Often
this can be secondary infections that may require antibiotics determined by your veterinarian.
Or we need to block the actual allergic reaction because many of these pets are intensely itchy
and they’re biting and chewing. So some type of topical or systemic drugs may need to be
given to block that itching episode. Dr. Rosenkrantz explained some of the problems associated
with fleas and why it is important to keep our pets protected from them. There are many
great options available to us from easy to apply topicals to flavored chewable tablets.
Most are very effective in killing fleas and begin working in minutes to hours. Many of
my clients prefer the chewable tablets. It’s easy, and there is no topical residue. I recommend
that you ask YOUR veterinarian for a flea control plan specifically designed for your
pet. I am Dr. Mike and thanks for watching.

16 thoughts on “Keep your pet safe! How To Treat Fleas on Dogs, Cats, Puppies & Kittens – (Flea Control Products)

  1. I literally went to PetSmart after watching this video and I asked for chewable flea control for my cats and they said they never heard of such product for cats. Can you please tell me where I can get one for my cats? Thank you!

  2. @bstunt We recommend that you talk to your veterinarian regarding flea control specifically for your pet…not the pet store.

  3. My dog has a lot fleas and hot spots ! and we would take him to the vet but he is an aggressive dog. and will most likely bite you! And he doesn't let us put a mussel on him because he knows what it is even the sight of a mussel he goes in attack mode. What can we do he is a white dog and you can immediately tell the red spots on his back and tail hes even loosing his hair!!

  4. @BubbleProductions51 – possibly the vet could give a sedative for you to administer prior to the visit. some veterinarians do house calls.

  5. @TheShannonMontana There are safe options for cats. Without endorsing a specific product on this site…we recommend You call vet hospitals and ask what they recommend for cats.

  6. Is there anyway of contacting Dr. Wayne Rosenkrantz I have a Dogo Argentino with a skin condition that no other vet knows what it is it ony seems to come during the summer but he is an indoor dog. This last summer was very bad and he has permanent scarring on his head from it :C

  7. He only has one coat and never really gets dirty because of it so we only shampoo him once every 3-4 months and just rinse him once a month or whenever he gets dirty plus he only goes outside to pee/poo in the summer since we live in AZ and it's too hot for him to lay out there.

  8. does your dog ever have small white flakish things in his hair? but if you brought him to a vet i probily wont be much help with finding out what it is.

  9. only when the bumps are healing and its only on the bump it does not spread BUT he does get very oily when he breaks out only in he break out area basically its a hard lump under the skin day 1 then it turns red day 2-3, then either it pops on its own or we pop it day 4-6 and once his coat gets better he gets a similar thing growing on his feet that fill with blood and puss if we dont pop them its not painful.

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