Fleas don't go away with only a bath, but bathing your dog may help. If your dog has fleas or if you live in a flea-prone area, talk with your vet about a good systemic flea-control product. These products are so good that they effectively break the flea life cycle, ending the suffering of countless dogs (and their owners). What's more, using these systemics means that you apply the flea control products (in most cases) only once each month to rid your dog of fleas.
Most of these products are available through your veterinarian. They're not super cheap, but then neither is using all the older remedies to get rid of fleas. Here are some of the top systemic flea-control products and what they do:
il Advantage (imidacloprid): Kills both adult fleas and larvae within 48 hours. It's a topical, spot-on systemic that works for six weeks and is available through a veterinarian.
I Bio Spot (pyrethrins and fenoxycarb): Kills fleas and ticks for one month. I've seen it repel flies, too. It contains an insect growth regulator that prevents immature fleas from reproducing. It's a topical, spot-on systemic and is available at pet supply stores.
I Frontline Top Spot (fipronil) and Frontline Plus (fipronil and methoprene): Kill fleas within 24 to 48 hours. Frontline Plus contains an insect growth regulator that keeps immature fleas from reproducing. It's is a topical, spot-on systemic that works for three months on fleas and one month on ticks and is available through a veterinarian.
I K9 Advantix (imidacloprid and permethrin): Kills fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes and prevents them from biting within one to two hours of application. It's a topical, spot-on systemic that you apply once a month. It's also effective when your dog gets wet or even after a once-a-month bath. It's available through a veterinarian.
I Program (lufenuron): An insect growth inhibitor that prevents eggs from hatching and immature fleas from maturing into adults. Administered once a month in pill form, it's available through a veterinarian.
Most of these flea medications are available only through a veterinarian or supply chain (with the exception of Bio Spot). It's important to note that with the exception of Program and K9 Advantix, spot-on topicals tend to wash off, so you need to reapply them after bathing your dog.
Where you purchase your flea-control products is important. Some veterinarian-only supplied flea products have been sold through pet supply catalogs and some have been counterfeited. If you want to be sure that you get the right medication, see your veterinarian.
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