Flea Prevention as a Way to Treat Dog Allergies.

Since flea allergy dermatitis is one of the most common skin allergies in dogs, it’s important to stick with a regular flea prevention routine.  Don’t wait until you see fleas – by then it’s too late.  Anyone who has dealt with a flea infestation in their home will tell you that it is much easier to maintain a regular flea prevention routine.

There are a wide range of flea treatment products on the market, including carpet powders, sprays and shampoos.  I’ve found that there is no better way to prevent fleas than by using Frontline® Plus, a topical flea and tick treatment.  Frontline is a liquid that is applied to the back of your dog or cat’s neck.  It includes an active ingredient called Fipronil, which is stored in the oil glands under your pet’s skin and is distributed to the skin and hair of your pet through its hair follicles.  Fipronil affects the nervous system of fleas and ticks by causing paralysis and then death. It is designed to kill all fleas or ticks within 24-48 hours.

Be sure to treat all cats and dogs in your home, even if they don’t go outside.  All of your pets can be carriers of fleas.  Although Frontline and other similar flea and tick medications are EPA approved for use on dogs and cats, it’s important for you to discuss this treatment with your veterinarian before starting.  Some pets are allergic to Fipronil and may have a negative reaction to this treatment.

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