ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Pets and Animals»
  • Dogs & Dog Breeds»
  • Dog Health

Best Dog Flea Treatment

Updated on August 21, 2012

Dog Flea Severe Dermatitis

Source

Best dog flea treatment: Overview

During my vacations when in college, I worked vocationally for leading a pet store. From my experience working in a Pet store, one of the most sought after, dog grooming product is ‘the best dog flea treatment’. While many dog owners think about best treatment for dog fleas, I think the best way to approach dog flea infestation problem is by prevention. Don’t wait until the dog is severely infested, for you to look for the best available ways to treat dog fleas!

It’s said time and again that prevention is better than cure. I am a strong advocate for dog flea control measures as an alternative to flea treatment. The former is very economical than the latter. For the sake of people who still want to know about best medications for flea treatment in dogs, I have the following for you.

But before I begin let me say that I am concentrating on educating you on the best choice for a dog flea treatment and I will not recommend any brand whatsoever. This is a general article on the best dog flea treatment or if you like medications out there. This is certainly not a dog flea treatment products review.

Medicated Dog Flea Shampoos

Dog flea shampoos could be the best choice for dog flea control. Medicated dog flea shampoos could double up as the best flea treatment as well.

Whichever brand of the medicated dog shampoo you choose you should read the label to identify the active ingredients and their role in treatment of fleas in dogs.

Factors to Guide you in Selection of the Best Dog Flea Treatment

The following factors could guide you on the best shampoo that is suitable for your dog.

  • Residual Activity

Usually the best dog flea treatment shampoo should have a reasonable amount of residual activity that spans for a considerable period of time. The dog flea shampoo should also not react with other medications used for routine treatment of dog skin, or other dog skin care products.

  • Non Irritation

The dog flea shampoos can be made from different ingredients that are potent for elimination of dog fleas. You should carefully examine each of these ingredients and their potential of causing irritation to the dog's skin. Your dog breed could be predisposed to one of the active ingredient of this dog flea shampoo. It's necessary to check out these active ingredients and their possible side effects.

  • Synergism in Action

The best dog flea treatment shampoo should have the ability to act together with other flea treatments, augmenting their action synergistically. The ingredient of dog shampoo should not be contraindicated for any skin related medications.

Remember: The best dog flea treatment shampoo should have not irritation to the skin and must have a reasonable residual or activity period.


Dog Shampoo Best treatment for fleas

In this case it would be virtually impossible to discuss the medications best for treatment of dog flea without mentioning a brand or two, however, you should always make a choice depending on a wide range of factors like dog breed, affordability, your vet recommendation and the purpose of using the dog flea treatment (curative or prophylaxis)

· Imidacloprid

This is one of the most effective flea treatments in dogs. This compound is known for its efficacy in treatment of flea infestation in dogs and is also effective for dog heartworms treatment. This ingredient is not limited to dog fleas but acts on a wide variety of external parasites like lice, ticks as well as intestinal worms (helminthes)

Tip: Imidacloprid is active ingredient that is used in the following brands:

o Advantage for Dogs

o Advocate for Dogs

o Advantix for Dogs

· Selamectin

This is another active ingredient that is very effective for getting rid of dog fleas. This active ingredient is useful for treating dog fleas and other external parasites and internal parasites. The compound is also very popular for treatment of ear mites in dogs.

Tip: Selamectin is a very useful medication for treatment of fleas and is used in the following brand:

  • Revolution for Dogs


Oral Best Dog Flea Treatment

Oral flea treatments are designed to stop the life cycle of the flea instead of elimination of the adult fleas. They come in form of chewable products. When the fleas suck blood containing the active flea treatment compound they become sterilized.

One of the popular products that are given as flea oral medication is:

  • Sentinel

It’s imperative to note that these oral medications may not necessarily kill adult fleas and will therefore require to be used together with other products effective for elimination of adult fleas.

Dog Flea Sprays

The dog sprays are very popular with many dog owners. It's often argued that their effectiveness is possible due to huge amount of active ingredient that is spayed at once.

One of the most effective brands of dog flea sprays is:

  • Frontline Spray

These are some of the most effective ways that you can employ to get rid of dog fleas.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)