Fleas, the friends your dog doesn't choose and neither do you, but how do you get rid of the pests once they have already nestled into your pet's fur? How do you prevent your dog from getting them in the first place? To help answer those questions, we have gathered some of the best flea treatment for dogs, alongside the relevant dog flea treatment reviews, to help you decide which one is best for you.
How to Choose the Best Flea Treatment for your Dog
Like nit treatments for your child, finding the right treatment for your dog can be difficult. There are plenty of different brands and treatment applications but finding the right one may be a matter of trial and error.
The first person you should consult is your vet. Recently the laws on flea treatment have changed, so you need to make sure any treatments you buy are legal and pet safe. Before the change in Law, you could buy most flea treatments over the counter or online. Now, some treatments containing certain ingredients must be purchased with a veterinary signature, like a prescription. Consulting your vet and maybe taking them a few options you have considered is always going to be a safe way to make sure your pet gets the protection and coverage they need as well as you saving money and time.
The thing you must remember is that, like humans, some dogs may have adverse reactions to flea treatments. They symptoms of these could be anything of the following:
- Extreme Sensitivity
- Hyper Salivation
- Ear and Foot Twitching
If your dog appears to have any of these symptoms, or anything else out of the ordinary appears you should immediately consult a vet. Allergic reactions do not often result in death, but it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. If your dog does have an allergic reaction to any flea treatments, you can ask your vet for an allergy test, which will narrow down the ingredients to avoid.
Choosing a flea treatment will also depend on what type of application you want. Flea treatments can come as a Spot On Liquid, Tablets, Powders and Sprays. They all have their pro’s and con’s, and they all work differently, and some may work better for your dog than others, so it's important not to rule out one form of application because of a single experience.
Things to Look for
When looking for a Flea treatment, there are a few things to look for. The first and foremost thing should be a recommendation from veterinary professionals. These people have seen the best and worst treatments, they have seen every reaction that has happened, and they know what is best for your animal. Many veterinary clinics will sell flea treatments, but there is nothing stopping you from buying them elsewhere for a better price.
It’s also a really good idea to look at what animal sanctuaries and welfare charities use for their animals. Many animals that are signed over to them will have been riddled with fleas, mites and ticks. The treatments they use will be both sensitive and effective, so if you can get advice from them, then they may help you conquer the problem.
Whilst it's brilliant to get rid of the fleas from your dog, it's also a good idea to think about where the fleas are coming from. Whilst you hope your house is as clean as possible, if you don't catch fleas early then they can spread quickly throughout the house. Whilst looking for a treatment for your pet, it's also a brilliant idea to look at ways you can flea proof your carpets, pillows, throws and curtains. Doing this will not only make your dog less likely to get fleas again but will also give you peace of mind that they are not lurking in your carpet waiting to pounce.
Now all that’s left is for you to choose the perfect Flea Treatment for your Dog. Take a look at our Dog Flea Treatment reviews below.
Further Dog Flea Treatments
Here are some other Dog Flea Treatments, in case the ones listed above did not suit your needs.
Bayer Advantage 250 For Dogs
This flea treatment is a best seller and recommended by vets UK wide. It comes as a spot on treatment, which makes it easy to use. The treatment, unlike some others, can be bought online, which makes it a fantastic option for those who don’t always have time to get to the vets.
Frontline Spot on for Small Dogs
Frontline is one of the most popular flea treatments around and comes highly recommended by vets. It is fast-acting and held in high acclaim by pet owners and vets alike. This treatment can still be bought online. However, if you live on any of the surrounding UK islands, then, unfortunately, you may run into trouble buying it.
Finding the best Flea Treatment for your dog is always going to be a bit of a trial, and as with people, some treatments may not work on your dog. However, the one I would choose would have to be the Natures Healing Powder. Used as a preventative method, this treatment will make sure your pet is covered from head to toe, and that their skin is well cared for.
What did you think of our Flea Treatments selection? Are there any that you would have added? We love hearing from you, so feel free to leave us a message in the comments below.