The Best Flea Treatment for Your Dog and Cat (killing fleas + more!) – Dog + Cat Health Vet Advice

The Best Flea Treatment for Your Dog and Cat (killing fleas + more!) - Dog + Cat Health Vet Advice

and that my final question is from Bridget who would like to know which flea treatment to use for her dogs or for her cats because a problem here is that the vets don't always stock the ones that you want to use but promote ones that they get to discount on like advocates so what are your thoughts on this subject well I'll start off by saying what we want our ideal flea treatment to do we want it to kill fleas we want it persist to persist for a known period of time so to keep working as well as it did on day one for a known period of time we want it to be non-toxic I'm easy to administer we also want any flea treatment to cover any other parasites that may be present and may be a risk to your dog or your cats and that's really going to depend on the geographical area that you live in so where you live in the world because there's going to be different parasite problems and we also want to ideally to help reduce the environmental flea population so that's reducing the eggs and larvae and developing then into adults so if we think about older products kind of ones that have been around for a long long long period of time and a lot of kind of pet shop and supermarket products are going to include these not all of them by any stretch but some of them you know they either don't persist for the whole month or whatever the duration is said to be so they might kill the fleas on day one kind of when they're applied and maybe have an action for the next few days but actually they're not going to keep killing those fleas for that whole month they might have a low safety index as well overdosing is easy and actually in some cases the the normal dose that we give is really verging on the toxic dose and the interval that's given so that month interval is because if we apply any more frequently to to do a better job we're actually going to really be getting into toxic levels some will have no action on the environment so they won't help prevent the eggs and larvae from developing and some are just really not very good at killing fleas and maybe they were at one point but their fleas are actually developing resistant to that's resistance to that now if we move on to side effects and kind of safety now all products which work will have a risk of side effects so there's no getting away from that you know those risks are really really low and I can't stress that enough and I've actually spoken before about brevet toe next guard and symp Erica and safety because those was an FDA kind of reminder about the potential for neurological signs so check that out in the previous episode and also I've spoken about revolution and allergic reactions to topical products as well so you know there are potential side effects and then another side effect to know about is that really we should only apply products to cats so never apply a dog product to your cat unless you've been specifically advisor that's okay by your vet because some dog products are really very dangerous if given to cats now there are so many products out there that do a very good job I'm not going to give particular names because the names do change depending on which region you're in and you know there's a lot of different ones that cover a whole range of different and parasites that again you know change depending on where you are in the world now like I said we really want to make a decision based on local parasite risk and how well each product meets the requirements of the ideal flea treeman that i've just discussed we also want to try and avoid doubling up of products with the same action so you know might be that you're worming your pet with a certain thing and you only need to treat flea so you then don't need a flea product that also does worms if you're giving a separate tablet and you know impart kind of the decision to to stock different products by a vet is going to be based on you know what's safe what meat so all those idea requirements what is appropriate for the local parasite risk but you know it's also a business decision as well because ultimately that surgeries need to make money to stay open you know and so that's that's a reality now if you're part of a big group of practices or a kind of a corporate group you might be instructed to preferentially stock on certain products if your veterinarian is an independent veterinarian they might be part of a buying group just to try and help reduce prices to remain competitive with their neighboring practices and they may get preferential terms on specific products now the decision that's made with which one to buy is not going to be compromised by which product works you know well you're not going to get a product that doesn't work being stocked by your vet because ultimately that's going to really undermine their credibility and they're going to lose clients or as a result of that you know we're not in business of selling things that don't work on a no benefit or a really dangerous but you know there is also a business risk there there's just no way that that can stop everything on the shelf so you know the other thing to say is if you did have a specific product that you really wanted to try then the vast majority of X are going to be able to order something in for you specifically that's generally not a problem you know it might take a day or two or you know even a week to get that product in for you but when we're you know when you're getting a box of four or a box of three treatments that's going to last a month or a month for each treatment you know it's not something that needs to be ordered in as an emergency you just need to you know ring them up a couple of weeks before you know they're you need to have a new stuff new supply and get that ordered in for you so you know that's really my thoughts around that there are a lot of products out there like I say and which one is going to be most appropriate for you depends on your pet depends on their lifestyle and depends where you live in the world so really just have a chat with your vet and also kind of ask them to explain why they're recommending a certain product you know it may be that actually that has additional benefits to the product that you're thinking of so you know have that conversation as well and it's not just your vet that you can speak to you could speak to the nursing team or the reception team as well because they often have very good training about parasite risks and which products work and which products are recommended you've been watching the doctor Alex answers video podcast remember to subscribe and head over to dr. 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