Archives for July 2010

How to get rid of fleas in Ohio? (Subscriber Question)

Recently Flea Control Secrets received an email from a subscriber (Peter) who had a multiple part inquiry.

The person owns three thick coated dogs and said that he cannot get the Frontline Plus drops delivered to the hair follicles at the base of the skin by the shoulder blades.

So instead, he put the drops on their chest near the stomach and wondered how it would be distributed.

He was fortunate that the dogs did not lick it off but wondered if it was okay to apply it near the stomach or belly of a pet.

So, my response to this first part of the question is this—do not take a risk of applying your flea treatment product to pets except as directed.

If you are having issues with application—get some help from a groomer or a veterinarian.

I’ve never met a dog with a coat so thick that application was impossible.

You could use some clips to hold the dog hair to the side to apply it or even clip a small are shorter if you want to use the spot-on products.

The big issue with not following the instructions of spot-on products is that many animals have experienced illness or death from improper application.

In multiple animal households, you also must monitor the pets to make sure that they do not ingest the product by licking one another.

(I would encourage you to check out the flea control kits in the sidebar as less toxic options.)

Excerpt from Flea Control Secrets eBook:

Frontline® Plus combines an antiparasitic agent with an insect growth regulator in a topical formula that kills the eggs, larva, adult fleas, chewing lice, and all stages of ticks.

Merial’s Frontline Plus® combines both Fipronil and Methoprene.

Frontline® (Fipronil) kills fleas AND ticks for up to a month and affects the spinal cord and brain of the ecto-parasites.

Topical application is done on the skin between the pet’s shoulder blades so it wicks back over the pet’s body.

Fipronil remains effective after swimming and bathing. Even so, water immersion should be avoided until 48 hours after application.

The next challenge of his issue is the outdoor flea problem since there are feral animals (squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, birds) that enter the large property which is fenced in.

Flea season runs from April through October or until the temperatures drop (along with the humidity) so ongoing efforts need to be maintained.

At the moment the household is using Spectracide granules and then waited two months before doing a second application. This time the product used was Ortho granules but the time lag in between works against you.

The issue this household faces is that when you begin flea control efforts, you must be diligent in those efforts and treat the outside, inside, and the animal all at the same time.

Also, fleas are very hardy insects so make sure the products being used work specifically for fleas.

Personally, for outdoor products I prefer to use natural, less toxic methods that are more environmentally friendly. You can also use a yard sprayer to help with better dispersement.

Remember to also adapt your efforts to reflect the natural flea cycle. So this means treating the outside areas more frequently and making sure bedding and interior areas are also treated at the same time would be ideal.

You’ll need to treat more frequently than has been done–daily vacuuming and more frequently application of flea treatment products (for the interior and exterior areas)–every two weeks for eight weeks at least.

I was glad to hear that the family is going to be using diatomaceous earth and nematodes but again, make sure that you cycle the treatment at least every two weeks for the time being.

There are deterrents that can be used to discourage the entrance of feral animals but the consistency of treatment should work without investing in animal deterrents.

Recently, the pet owner purchased Capstar tablets and gave it to two of the three dogs.

This is a great option and many people use it in conjunction with a topic flea control but don’t combine it with another oral product unless specifically directed to do so by your veterinarian.

Excerpt from Flea Control Secrets eBook:

Capstar® (Nitenpyram) is an oral treatment that kills adult fleas by interfering with nerve transmission in the flea.

Studies reported more than 90% effectiveness against adult fleas within four to six hours depending on the species.

Unfortunately Capstar® does not kill immature fleas, larvae, or eggs so it is necessary to combine its use with an Insect Growth Regulator.

It is also possible to use less toxic food grade ditomaceous dust on the pets—although it can be a bit drying.

Although much of the flea control products can be purchased without going to a veterinarian, I would encourage a veterinary visit for confirmation on the choices being made AND because the animals are likely to have internal parasites as a result of a flea infestation.

I am glad you have watched the videos and are doing all you can do to solve the flea infestation issue.

Remember, once you get a flea infestation it is important to remain diligent in your efforts to get it under control and manage it.

Since you did not mention interior treatments so I’d suggest Flea Busters RX and also trying some Parasite Dust.

I would also recommend reviewing the Flea Control Secrets videos on Seven Flea Control Strategies and the Triangle of Successful Flea Control and if you have not purchased the Flea Control Secrets eBook–you’ll find a whole lot more information to help you get rid of fleas.

Thanks for your question and let me know how it goes.

BP Oil Spill Pet Victims

To say that BP has made a mess of things in the Gulf is an understatement and to ignore the horrific consequences for the coastal regions and the people who live there would add more to the public relations nightmare beyond the man-made disaster and the unknown long-term ramifications from it.

I was going to post this on Saturday but thought it would be good to post it now since things are escalating quickly.

If BP fails to take action to help the animals, not only the wildlife but also the pets, I think they are going to seriously regret it.

This disaster is going to impact the nation but those who dwell in the area are in a living nightmare–one in which they can’t wake up from.

Their homes, their livelihoods, their environment, the welfare of their families–and now the welfare of their pets are all compromised.

Shelters are overflowing with relinquishments because people can’t support the pets.

Talk about tragedy–their situation is topped off with a dose of more trauma as people have to give up a furry family members–words just can’t describe the issue.

Although some donated food is on the way, a lot more help is needed.

Both CNN and ABC and Yahoo News have begun coverage of the pet disaster victims but I am really surprised at the silence out there from animal disaster rescue teams and hope that this changes swiftly and this statement from UAN-EARS turns into one of action. I know they recently conducted a training with the ASPCA for the oil spill but news is very limited.

Meanwhile, the Louisiana SPCA and other shelters in the area need donations and volunteers.

If you want to help some of the agencies helping pet owners include:

Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society PAWS
9596 Highway 23
Belle Chasse, LA

St. Bernard Animal Shelter
5455 E. Judge Perez Dr.
Violet, LA 70096

Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter
1869 Ames Boulevard
Marrero, LA

Terrebonne Parish Animal Control
131 Plant Road
Houma, LA

The Mississippi Board of Animal Health has also established a Animal Disaster Hotline at 1-888-722-3106.

You can also help via donations to the International Fund for Animal Welfare,

So far, there is a BP Oil Disaster Pet Petition on Change.Org and you can find BP contacts to spout your opinion about the oil spill pet victims here.