Flea Control in the Winter Months

Are you sitting on a flea problem this winter?

It’s not a nice thought, but your favourite armchair could be hiding more than the odd biscuit crumb.  Unless you’ve been keeping up with flea treatments, you could be providing a warm winter shelter for fleas at various stages of their life cycle.

Many pet owners believe that fleas are only a problem in summer.  Fleas can survive during the winter months especially indoors where it remains warm.  Veterinarians recommends treating your pets year-round.

Your pet is likely to get fleas at some time  – unfortunately it cannot be avoided.  However, what we can do is get rid of them before they become a problem.  Regular grooming of our pets will allow us to see early stages of flea occupancy.

Some flea stages can survive for up to 6 months in your home environment.
Surprised? Many people are, because fleas may not be as visible during the winter months.  However, your armchair, rugs and floors could be home to flea pupae that are waiting out the cooler months in comfort before the warmer weather prompts them to emerge as adult fleas.

Missing monthly flea treatments allows fleas to build up in the environment.
Your home is always at risk of flea contamination from sources that you can’t always control.  Other animals that have access to your garden or home may all be on-going sources of flea egg contamination.  This means that if monthly flea treatments are missed, there’s a good chances your pet will pick up an infestation from the environment sooner or later.

So it’s important to treat all dogs and cats and cats in your home for fleas, every month, all year round with a recommended flea treatment such as FRONTLINE PLUS®.  FRONTLINE PLUS is the only spot-on that breaks the flea life cycle at every stage.  It kills fleas fast, all month long, it’s water fast, and it controls paralysis ticks on dogs when applied every two weeks.

FRONTLINE PLUS is one of the biggest selling flea and tick treatments sold at vet-n-pet DIRECT. You can find the range of FRONTLINE products for dogs here and for cats here.

Good news – Reminder Services!  With your family’s busy schedule, it can be tough to remember when your pet is due for his/her next FRONTLINE PLUS® application.  If you sign-up, you’ll receive a regular e-mail to remind you when to treat your cat or dog.  One way to stay one step ahead of your pet’s application schedule!    Just click the link below and you will be taken to FREE Reminder Service for FRONTLINE  (please note this link will take you away from the vet-n-pet DIRECT website to the Frontline Plus website, hosted by the manufactuerer of the product Merial).
Sign me up for the Reminder Service on FrontlinePlus.com.au

More tips to get the most out of FRONTLINE PLUS:
Ensure you use the correct pack size of FRONTLINE PLUS for each pet and remember to always read the label instructions.

How to Apply Frontline Plus for Dogs
First, select the correct pipette size for the weight of your dog, then follow these:-

  • 1.  Remove a pipette from the foil-backed holder.
  • Applying FRONTLINE Plus Step 1
  • 2.  Hold the pipette by the edges with the label facing toward you. Break off the tip of the pipette at the pre-cut line.
    Applying FRONTLINE Plus Step 2
  • 3.  Choose the area where licking cannot occur e.g. on the back of the neck. Part the coat so the contents can be applied directly to the skin when the pipette is squeezed.
  • Applying FRONTLINE Plus Step 3
  • 4. Place the tip of the pipette on the skin and squeeze several times to empty its contents directly onto the skin. Apply the entire contents at a point between the shoulder blades.
    Applying FRONTLINE Plus Step 4

Note: Read FRONTLINE PLUS label for full administration details and safety directions.

and Frontline Spray for Dogs

Frontline Spray is used to treat severe flea infestations.
1.  Always wear latex gloves
2.  Run fingers through dogs hair as you apply spray to back, sides, stomach, legs, shoulders and neck
3.  Choose the area where licking cannot occur e.g. on the back of the neck.  Part the coat so the contents can be applied directly to the skin when the pipette is squeezed.

How to Apply Frontline Plus for Cats
Just follow these simple steps to protect your cat from fleas.

  • 1.  Remove a pipette from the foil-backed holder.
    Applying FRONTLINE Plus Step 1
  • 2.  Hold the pipette by the edges with the label facing toward you.  Break off the tip of the pipette at the pre-cut line.
    Applying FRONTLINE Plus Step 2
  • 3.  Choose the area where licking cannot occur e.g. on the back of the neck.  Part the coat so the contents can be applied directly to the skin when the pipette is squeezed.
  • Applying FRONTLINE Plus Step 3
  • 4.  Place the tip of the pipette on the skin and squeeze several times to empty its contents directly onto the skin.  Apply the entire contents at a point between the shoulder blades.
    Applying FRONTLINE Plus Step 4

Note: Read FRONTLINE PLUS label for full administration details and safety directions.

Frontline Spray for Cats can be also used as well, please follow using FRONTLINE SPRAY calculator to work out the total number of spray pumps for your pet.  Apply the required number of spray pumps over the entire cat.
(You’ll also find a chart showing doses and weights under the sticky label on the FRONTLINE SPRAY bottle).

Reference:
http://au.merial.com/

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