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Dogs and Cats with Flea Bite Dermatitis – Allergic to Fleas

Help for dogs and cats with flea allergies or flea bite dermatitis. Dr. Colleen Smith discusses natural treatments to rid your pet of fleas. To view other pet health videos, visit

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Flea and Tick Control ? What Type of Treatment Application Should You Use

Wow! There are so many different Flea and Tick Control types of application what one should I use for my pet? This has nothing to do with who may have manufactured the product but the “delivery” system of the treatment to get rid of the problem. Whether you are dealing with fleas or ticks, developing a program of Flea and Tick Control Prevention or treating a particular situation we have the information here to help you may an informed decision. 

Over the years the process of treating or ridding your pet of any pests they may have, has risen to a science of destruction. We now know more than ever what it takes to not only disrupt a flea or tick life cycle but what products are best for every scenario we might confront.

Companies have developed a vast assortment of products to help us in our quest. This article will discuss topical treatments, sprays and mists, flea collars, shampoos, dipping products, flea combs and oral tablets. There are also repellents, desiccants, powders and foggers but are generally very specialized treatments, not recommend or very effective and will not be part of this discussion.

Where do you start and which Treatment Application is right for my situation? The best approach I think is to understand what each type of application is meant to do and when to use it. From there, selecting the right approach should be a lot easier than you might expect. We’ll go down the list one-by-one and see what they have to offer.

Topical Treatments

Topical treatments are applied to pet’s outer skin. The medication is applied directly behind the head between the shoulders. This stops the pet from licking off the medication once it is applied. It’s a quick application method from a single dose plastic applicator. They work well and are effective in a good Flea and Tick Control program.

These applications are designed to kill adult fleas within 24 hours. They also kills flea eggs and larvae to keep ALL stages of fleas from developing. Topical liquids also kill all stages of 4 major ticks, including the one which may carry Lyme disease. They stay waterproof and some can be used on puppies 8 weeks and older.

However, if you have more than one pet this might not be the best method. One pet might lick off the medication from another. I have this situation but my Min Pins actually sleep in a pet carrier at night so I put it on at bedtime and once they’re locked up I don’t have that issue. For those that can’t keep their pets separated, then a course of oral medication may be in order.

If you have young children in the house this type of treatment may not be a good choice either. When kids are at that stage of their lives when everything goes in the mouth, if they happen to touch the pet and get some of the meds on their hands they may wind up ingesting some of the meds. Again an oral medication may be appropriate to remedy this type of situation.

Flea & Tick Sprays and Mists

These are products administered from a spray bottle. Flea and Tick Spray can be used on dogs, cat, puppies and kittens to control fleas, ticks and flea larvae. They generally contain Insect Growth Regulator (IGR’s) and provide quick relief killing adult fleas and ticks on contact. It also continuously kills flea eggs laid on the animal, breaking the flea life cycle. Residual activity of the product prevents re-infestation. Fleas are killed within the first day. Sprays continue to work for up to one month. Use a spray when combating large areas of infestation.

Children in the house might cause you to think twice. The spray, although quite effective can get all over when they are used. Containing the spray to a very specific area is a noble gesture but impractical at best. If kids aren’t in the house then this is a great way to protect your pets and areas they inhabit.

Flea & Tick Collars

Flea and Tick Collars are available for dogs or cats. Collars come in several sizes specifically addressing the size of a pet’s necks. They are plastic and over time release insecticide to kill the fleas or ticks. They were developed in the early 1960’s and were an effective and practical treatment at the time. The downside is that their effectiveness tends to be more localized around the head area.

Although many dogs and cats tend to get “collar dermatitis” at the neck, they add an extra layer of protection keeping them away from their head especially if it is an outdoor pet.

Shampoos and Dips

Flea and tick dips are used when you need an immediate knockdown of fleas and ticks. They tend to be used on outdoor dogs that are infested. To effectively treat the pet you need to dip them in a solution up to their necks or sponge it all over their bodies. Not for use on cats. Dips have a residual smell and you probably don’t want that in the house.

Shampoos are another quick remedy for relieving your pet of ticks and fleas. They don’t have any residual prevention against these pests though. They do clean your animals quite well and effectively help with skin conditions. Read the product label for more details.

Flea Combs

A flea comb is a good pesticide-free method of removing fleas from your dog or cat. A flea comb works by catching the fleas in the very narrow gaps between the teeth or forcing them to jump off. Use a flea comb outside, and keep a container of soapy water nearby for drowning the fleas, or comb your pet in a bathtub where you can rinse the fleas down the drain. Start by running the comb gently through your pet’s coat. After each run through, dunk the comb in the water and leave any fur caught in the comb in the water. The soapy water will kill the fleas. Continue this procedure until the entire pet has been combed, making sure to comb their underside. A flea comb can be used every day when fleas are bad, and can help prevent fleas entering the house if used before the pet comes inside.

Oral Medications

These are chewable tablets for your pet. They have a short span of effectiveness usually 24 hours. People give them to their pets if going to a park or an area they may have a concern about having them get infested while walking them. They can be given daily to your pets.

Look at what your individual needs are in terms of a treatment plan for your pets. Once you know that and how bad the problem is hopefully this list gives you an idea of what treatment application will be most effective for your pet and their surrounding areas.

Thanks for reading.

Joe is an on-line author and internet affiliate marketer. As an individual that’s been involved with sports for years including martial arts (2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do), lacrosse, baseball, football, coaching and being a referee health and wellness are an important part of his life.

He has also spent years raising cats, dogs and birds. As an engineer he spends a great deal of time working on his house, designing and fixing things and developing his new business platforms.

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Frontline Plus – Pet Flea Treatment TVC

The latest Australian FRONTLINE PLUS flea treatment TV commercial. FRONTLINE PLUS, Great advice, useful tips and facts about flea and tick control for dogs and cats, plus plenty of fun.

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Is it really a new “smart” vaccination for pets, because every 6 months ….?

question Lisha Barta : Is it really a new “smart” vaccination for pets, because every 6 months ….?
… T for about $ 50. It would be great! And please comment on food allergies, yeast infections, and flea-bite dermatitis, and success stories. I’m all for home-brewed remedies. I use vinegar 50/50, and H2O on my two cats and dogs. The vinegar seems to help skin infections best answer.

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In the UK, you can find something called “Front Line” where you put a drop on the back of the neck and lasts six months. You can get it for dogs and cats. There is no vaccination for a vaccine, but effective

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How Safe is Your Flea and Tick Killer?

Laboratory studies of ingredients in seven popular flea and tick control products reveal adverse health effects in all animals tested. The effects of these well known and aggressively marketed products range from convulsions, body tremors and labored breathing to thyroid cancer, brain lesions, and liver and lung tumors. Yet TV commercials with trusty looking veterinarians pitch only the happy side of these products.

Which flea and tick pesticide are you using on your dog and/or cat? If your favorite treatment contains the active ingredient Fipronil, Imidacloprid, Methoprene, Permethrin, Pyriproxyfen or the inert ingredient Butyldydroxytoluene, Butylhydroxanisole, Carbitol, Ethanol, or Polyvinlpyrrplidone, you need to know about the not-so-happy side of these products as well.

If you think your veterinarian or local pet store would never sell you such a sinister poison, think again.

Advantage (Bayer Corporation), Adams Spot-On Flea & Tick Control (Farnam Pet Products), BioSpot Flea & Tick Control (Farnam Pet Products), Defend EXspot Treatment (Schering-Plough Animal Health), Frontline Top Spot (Merial Limited), Frontline Plus (Merial Limited), and Zodiac FleaTrol Spot On (Wellmark International) – all contain one or more of the aforementioned active or inert ingredients.

Toxicology and morbidity findings from these pesticide products were gathered over a decade of laboratory testing by the United States Environmental Protection Agency; Occupational Safety & Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor; Extension Toxicology Network; Journal of Pesticide Reform; Pesticide Action Network North America and other sources, with additional information supplied by Material Safety Data Sheets.

Most testing was performed for the benefit of new product manufacturers in order to qualify for EPA registration. Scientists overdose laboratory animals to determine how much of the product will kill 50% of the test population. Information is then extrapolated and assumptions made that may apply to domestic animals and human beings.

According to laboratory tests, Fipronil (Frontline Top Spot and Frontline Plus) is a neurotoxin and suspected human cancer agent. Fipronil can cause liver toxicity, thyroid cancer, kidney damage, raised cholesterol, lack of coordination, labored breathing, miscarriages and stunted offspring.

Laboratory testing of Imidacloprid (Advantage) on mice, dogs and rats shows this insecticide to be neurotoxic to laboratory animals, also causing a breakdown of coordination, labored breathing, lesions of the thyroid, reduced birth weight, and increased birth defects.

The synthetic broad spectrum pyrethroid insecticide Permethrin (Adams Spot-on Flea & Tick Control; BioSpot Flea & Tick Control; and Defend EXspot Treatment) shows indications of being an endocrine disrupter and the cause of lung cancer and liver tumors in laboratory animals.

Methoprene and Pyriproxyfen (Zodiac FleaTrol Spot On; and BioSpot Flea & Tick Control) are known as insect growth regulators (IGR), both of which restrict the growth of fleas to the juvenile stage where reproduction is not possible. Laboratory testing reveals that Methoprene causes enlarged livers and degeneration of the kidneys.

Unfortunately, few people actually read EPA test results. Fewer still want to hear about the many laboratory test subjects (unwanted dogs and cats) killed during and after the studies in order to determine damage to specific systems and organs. But it only takes a few people with straightforward thinking to bring about change. Are you ready to stop this insanity? There are effective alternatives, as you know.

Today there are totally natural flea and tick remedies – completely harmless to kids, pets and the environment – made from pure botanical essential oils. Some natural products work fairly well, some don’t, and some work much better than the toxic stuff!

The mode of action – the way these natural remedies kill fleas and ticks – is to disrupt the insect’s ability to function by blocking a substance called octopamine. In nature, certain plants have developed a natural defense against bugs. These “octopamine blockers” in plants are extracted as oils and used as active ingredients. Octopamine is to an insect what adrenalin is to a human. When blocked from the system, the insect quickly dies. No muss, no fuss. Nobody gets hurt but the bug.

Please begin today to stop supporting the heartless laboratory testing of innocent animals, the insidious cover-up and rush to market of big business, and the unwitting harm we may be doing to our children, our pets, and our planet.

Please check out the natural flea and tick remedy I recommend most highly, TripleSure. ~ Gary Le Mon is a Master Herbalist specializing in natural remedies for dogs and cats. He is certified by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board and member of the American Herbalists Guild. His evenings and weekends are spent crusading for animal rights and making the Earth a greener, friendlier place to live.

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The Battle of Fleas: You Can Win!


Attacking the flea problem on your dogs and cats, in your home, and in your yard will take energy, time, and money, but rest assured that your efforts will have a big payoff.  Fleas on your dog or cat is an irritating problem for them. When those fleas enter your home that is definitely the time when you want to launch the battle to kill each and every flea.  Unwanted? True.  Permanent infestation? False.  Your dog’s and cat’s health is of upmost important, and you also want a home free of those pests. You can win the battle!


The most important thing to remember when you are in the process of eliminating fleas is DO NOT use a dog medication for fleas on your cat.  Cats have separate medication.  Any medication with permethrin can cause death in cats.  Cats should not come in contact with a dog that has been treated with medication with this ingredient.  Some household products could also be detrimental to our pets, so be sure to read the small print on the container and also the paper of information inside the box.


The flea has a cycle of maturity so it is important and necessary to kill all stages.  An adult flea lives on our pet.  As the fleas take nourishment from our pet in the form of sucking blood, it lays eggs.  The eggs are slippery so the fall off onto the floor, bedding, furniture, or wherever your pet is at the time.  The fleas also leave flea dirt, which is flea feces, and it also falls off with the eggs or larvae.  The flea dirt is food for the egg or larvae.  The larvae does not like light so it will find some dark place to live, such as deep in the carpet, under furniture, in corners, under floor molding, etc. 


The larvae develop into pupae; each pupae becomes encased in a cocoon.  When the cocoon detects pressure, noise, heat, carbon dioxide or vibrations, it will hatch in a matter of seconds.  Now it is ready to attack your dog or cat, or bite a human’s leg.


Fleas can live, waiting in the cocoon, for up to 2 years.  However, this cycle most commonly takes place within 15 days.  Central heating and wall to wall carpeting can create ideal conditions for these cocoons to be a year around problem.  You will want to control the flea infestation as quickly as possible.


Fleas are not only irritating to our pets because they itch, then scratch and cause skin irritation, the fleas can also cause internal problems for your dog or cat.  If they ingest the fleas while grooming, the fleas can cause tape worms.  If a kitten has fleas, the sucking of their blood can cause anemia, weakness, or even death.  The process of eliminating the fleas should be done on the pet, in the home, and in the yard at the same time.  Eliminating the fleas from your pet only means cocoons could still hatch from the carpet and re-infest your pet.  Eliminating the fleas from your home and not the pet means the pet could re-infest the carpet.  If your cats and dogs are flea free, and you have eliminated the flea problem in your home, there may be one more place to attack; your yard.  If your pets go outdoors, you will need to eliminate the flea problem in your yard also.


There are several remedies to treat your dog and cat, your home and yard. 


Remember: Do Not use the same flea medication on both your dog and cat.  It could cause death in your cat. They have individual medication for dogs and cats.


Vacuum: Thoroughly vacuum carpets, every corner of your home, around baseboards, every crevice, under furniture, in between cushions, under beds, etc., everywhere it is dark where the larvae will want to go.  They don’t like light.  The vacuuming stimulates the fleas to hatch from its cocoon and they can easily be vacuumed up.  Throw away the bag immediately when finished, or empty the contents in a container or bag that can be discarded.


Powders:  Powders are available to dust on your dog or cat.  It can be effective as long as it stays on the pet.  This powder is a poison, so be careful when petting your pet.  These powders will wash off of your pet during shampooing or even when they are in the rain.  There are also powders that you can use in your yard to destroy fleas.


Collars:  Collars can be effective on your dog or cat.  Be aware of any irritation that might occur on their skin around the neck area.


Shampoos:  There are pet shampoos that will kill the fleas.  Since there are several kinds of shampoo, read the labels to decide which one fits your needs.


Dips:  Fleas dips are good.  There is new research creating pet-friendly, environment-friendly, human-friendly dip.  They are not flea friendly.


On-pet sprays:  The sprays are easy to use and are an option to use in between the shampooing.


Monthly spot application is becoming very popular as an easy and effective way to kill fleas.  They are applied once a month on the back of the neck.  Many are available, and some are only available through your veterinarian.  Some are multi-functional because they treat other illnesses such as ear mites and heartworms. These are expensive but they can well be worth their price.


Foggers:  Foggers are good for your home especially if it is an open area.  However, the fumes do not get under furniture, under beds, or in hard to reach dark places.


IRG:  Products that have IRG (Insect Growth Regulators) are a good choice.  They don’t allow the live fleas to reproduce.


 Sprays:  Sprays are another option and are good to use in the yard.  Some come with a hose adaptor for ease in application.  You can also use some sprays in your home.  Do Not vacuum for at least 2 weeks after you spray your home.  Letting the spray remain on the flooring will help eliminate any flea births.  There are several spray insecticides to choose from, so read the labels carefully.


All of these different products can help, but you should consider the people in your home.  If you have any small children that could come in contact with powders, sprays, etc., all of these products contain some sort of poison, you will want to use a product that will be family friendly.


Your goal should be to eliminate all stages of the flea cycle.  Be sure to eliminate the infested areas of your home and yard in addition to your dog or cat.  Since the cocoon can hatch every 15 days, under ideal conditions, it may be necessary to go through the thorough cleaning process more than once.


You may think that only dirty homes become infested.  This is not true.  Even clean homes can become infested.  Fleas can come in your home on your shoes, your pet, or a friend’s pet.


You can win the battle, and a battle it will become.  Be diligent in your efforts and it will pay off with a bonus of a flea free environment.  Check with your veterinarian for the best products for your dog’s and cat’s health.  He may also have recommendations for your home and yard.  This article is to make you aware that you do have many options to solve the pesky flea problems.


Your dog’s and cat’s health is very important to you.  Your pet will be grateful for all to do to make them free of the disease and your home will be comfortable for you and your pets.


Disclaimer:  I am not a veterinarian nor do I have any formal training in any medical field. This article is not to replace the advice of your veterinarian.  I am only providing options and ideas that you may want to discuss with your veterinarian.




Lori Kniff loves cats and dogs.  She has had a cat most of her life and several dogs. She is concerned with the health and welfare of our pets.

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