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That new collar may look good, but could it fail to live up to the most important reasons for putting it on?
 
   

Flea Free
Only 5% of the flea population are actually on your dog, the rest are in the environment (i.e. your house).

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Older and Wiser
Although aging is irreversible, some of the infirmities of an older dog may in fact be due to disease and therefore correctable or preventable.
 
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Flea Free

Only 5% of the flea population are actually on your dog, the rest are in the environment (i.e. your house).  
 

      You know how much one small insect bite can itch.
       
Imagine not one but 10, 20, 50 or more bites at one time.

You may be aware of the existence of the humble flea when you see your dog bent double trying to scratch, but did you know that both your dog and you can be at risk from desease because of that tiny pest?

Despite modern day advances in treatments available, we still find that many people have great difficulty in controlling fleas and the associated diseases which can come with flea infestation.
 
Anyone whose pet has ever had fleas knows the misery these tiny parasites can cause. Flea saliva is considered one of the most irritating substances on Earth which is easy to believe when you see a beloved pet scratching frantically all night long.

Flea bites do damage beyond irritating your pet. Flea bites can cause a serious skin condition known as FAD (flea allergy dermatitis). In addition, fleas often carry tapeworm, a harmful intestinal parasite.

Once allowed into the home, fleas can quickly cause an infestation, and they will even bite you when looking for a host.
 
While Fall is usually flea and tick season in most areas, flea and tick season in Arkansas is all year round, so you can never let your guard down. Fleas thrive in temperatures around 70 degrees, but they can also live year round in a warm house.
 
You know how much one small insect bite can itch. Imagine not one but 10, 20, 50 or more bites at one time. While living and feeding on a dog, a single flea can lay hundreds of eggs.
 
Besides intense itching, fleas can cause serious skin irritation and discomfort. The cost of flea protection with some of the newer topical products might sound a bit expensive, but it's far less than dealing with complications to your dog's health caused by fleas.
 
Flea bites may cause additional discomfort due to possible skin irritation caused by allergic dermatitis. Since fleas feed on an animals blood, severe infestations may cause anemia. Fleas can also carry tapeworm larvae so dogs can also become infected with tapeworms after having fleas.
 
Some symptoms of flea bites include scratching, biting, broken skin and hair loss. If you see grains resembling salt and pepper around the house, it could mean that fleas are breeding on your pet. If you should notice any of these signs, call your veterinarian immediately.
 
Only 5% of the flea population are actually on your dog, the rest are in the environment (i.e. your house).
 
To control fleas effectively you have to treat both your pet and your household environment.
 
To control fleas effectively you have to treat both your pet and your household environment.
 
There are now a variety of very effective liquid topical treatments that make it easy to prevent and control fleas and ticks. Some brands, sold over the counter, are applied once a month. Other topical flea control products that last from 1 to 3 months are available only from a veterinarian.
 
There's also a prescription flea preventative medication that's administered orally, but that must be started before flea season.
 
Topical products kill fleas on contact. They are applied as a liquid, then they dry and disperse through a dogs coat. Topical flea treatments are usually sold in packs of 3 single dose vials or tubes, pre-measured according to a dog's weight. When applying these spot-on products, it's very important to part the hair to make sure the liquid goes directly on the dog's skin. Beginning at the shoulder blades, apply the liquid in a line, ending directly above the of the base of it's tail.
 
For a short time afterward the dogs hair may feel slightly greasy over the line where it was applied.
 
Separate your dogs from each other for a few hours after applying a new treatment.
 
When a dog who is protected by a topical flea control product needs a bath, use a gentle shampoo that won't wash away the protection.
A warning if you own both dogs and cats - Some brands of topical flea control contain a chemical called permethrin. While this is safe for use on dogs, it must not be used on cats.
 
The directions on the dog flea treatment packages do include this warning. Be sure to carefully read the directions for use on all flea control products before applying them to your pets. Treat your cats with a flea control product made specifically for cats.
 
There are many other products available to kill fleas on pets. Most shampoos, powders, and sprays only kill the fleas present on an animal when the products are applied. They have little residual effect. Flea control rinses and dips will kill fleas and they do have a slightly longer residual effect, but they contain more toxic chemicals. They should only be used by veterinary clinics and professional groomers.
 
Research has shown that ultrasonic pest repellent devices are useless for flea and tick control.

Not as widely used as they were before more effective topical products became available, certain brands of flea and tick collars can provide some protection for as long as 6 weeks.
 
Flea and tick collars are toxic when ingested.
 
Because puppies and even some older dogs might chew on the collar another dog or cat is wearing, flea and tick collars should not be used if you have more than one dog, or if you have both dogs and cats.

Never use chemical flea and tick control products on puppies or on pregnant, very old or debilitated dogs without your veterinarian's approval.
 
Flea combs can be used even on puppies too young for chemical flea and tick control. After regular grooming, run a flea comb through the dogs hair. The closely set teeth will pick up and extract fleas and flea eggs.

Frequent scratching and tiny brownish specs on a dogs skin, (flea excrement), are telltale signs that fleas are present even if you don't find the actual fleas. A flea comb is also a useful tool for finding fleas on a dog.
 
If fleas are still a problem after treating your dog with a proven, reliable product or if there's a severe infestation, treating your home must be done in conjunction with treating your pets.

To take care of a thriving home flea population, remove and wash all pet bedding. Before using a chemical flea control product, thoroughly vacuum your carpets. This removes many fleas, eggs, and larvae and also raises the carpet nap to increase penetration of the spray down to the carpet base. Vacuum under throw rugs, under beds and other furniture, along baseboards and under baseboard heaters. Vacuum upholstered furniture including beneath chair and sofa cushions. Pay special attention to areas around your dogs crate, bed and any rugs or furniture where your pet lays. After vacuuming, empty bagless vacuum cleaner receptacles and dispose of vacuum cleaner bags in outdoor trash cans.

A variety of room sprays and indoor foggers are available that will kill fleas, ticks and other insects in rugs, carpeting, furniture and draperies. Foggers are simply set off in the middle of a room. Aerosol products which can be directed at the areas mentioned above, where fleas and their eggs and larvae are likely to be, can be more effective.
 
Before using a fogger or room spray, READ THE DIRECTIONS AND WARNINGS provided by the manufacturer AND FOLLOW THEIR INSTRUCTIONS.
 
After treating your pet and successfully removing fleas from your home, vacuum frequently and wash your pets bedding regularly. For severe infestations treatment by a professional pest control service might be needed.

Prevention is always the best flea control.
 
To protect your pets and your home, follow your veterinarian's recommendations and use flea control products according to directions for safe, year-round protection.
  
 
:: Virtual Vet
Welcome to the IDR's virtual clinic, where a Guest Vet will advise on some of the frequent problems they encounter.
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:: Digi-Dog
Countless dogs and puppies come to rescue groups because they simply escaped and got lost.  Learn about technology that helps everyone get that wandering pup back home.
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:: Spotlight Sponsor
Please show your support for rescue efforts in our community.  Your company name will appear here along with a link to a dedicated page.
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:: Be a Foster
Every day dozens of dogs are put to death in Arkansas because there are not enough foster homes.  Your care and support as a foster is urgently needed.
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:: Dog Eared
A Support group for boyfriends and spouses of dog rescue volunteers.
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