Are you awakened in the middle of the night by thumping? Is your DOG scratching himself or herself raw? You’d better check it out. Your pup could have FLEAS!!!

Most fleas look like brown colored spots moving. While it is true that their favorite meal is your DOG, they don’t live where they eat. If your pup has FLEAS, then so do you. Fleas live in carpeting, upholstered furniture, drapes, afghans, almost anywhere. When they’re hungry they’ll jump to the nearest animal. Sometimes that means YOU!

There are several new products such as PROGRAM, FRONTLINE and ADVANTAGE available to help your DOG get rid of fleas. Surely you’ve heard folks talking about them. They do a great job when administered according to instructions. These preventatives work by either killing adult fleas or sterilizing the female flea so that she cannot lay her eggs. PROGRAM must be ingested, while FRONTLINE and ADVANTAGE are topical applications.

The long-standing alternative to these medications is the “collar”. Companies like SARGENTS and HARTZ MOUNTIAN have been making flea collars for years. And they work; at least for the first days. But most flea collars loose their potency over time and faster if you or your DOG gets it wet.

Some folks swear that Brewer’s Yeast, Garlic, or Vitamin B does the trick for their pups flea regimen, however, there is little scientific evidence to support such remedies. Insecticide shampoos are available from your Vet, the many pet-product catalogs, or pet stores. There are sprays and powders, ointments and baths, all claiming to be flea preventions. And most of them do work. The problem is that you must continue to treat the animal either daily or weekly in order to stop a re-infestation.

Remember that if you choose one of these remedies it’s not just your DOG that needs the bath, the powder, the spray or the garlic. You’ll have to clean, re-clean, and probably fog the living space several times in order to kill the remaining adult fleas and any larvae lying around.

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