When I was little we had dogs and cats, but there were not such great options to get rid of fleas. We lived in the mountains in California and there was no avoiding fleas. I remember lying on the carpet watching T.V. one day and when I got up, my pink sweatpants were covered in little black spots! Fleas! I ran outside to brush them off and then I took a shower because I couldn’t stop itching, mainly due to my seeing the fleas. I had the heebie-jeebies! We tried flea collars on our pets and probably some over the counter topical stuff, but it must not have worked well because we always dealt with fleas.
I love pets!
Obviously. I can’t imagine not having cats and dogs in my life, but I can definitely do without the fleas. Especially since they love me so much. If there is a flea, they will find me. Same with mosquitoes.
I have mentioned that they absolutely love my dog, Max, as well. We must both be extra sweet! But, when he gets a flea bite, even one, he breaks out in a rash and is so itchy he scratches uncontrollably. When we first adopted him we weren’t sure what was making him scratch and chew himself up so badly. After a visit to the vet and some trial and error, we figured out a change in diet helped and also came to the conclusion that he is allergic to fleas.
So even one flea in the house is not acceptable. I’ve taken steps to eradicate fleas from my home and all the surfaces they like to hide, but it took a while to find something, anything that worked well for the fleas on Max. He’s been an experiment, poor dog, with flea baths, natural flea prevention, flea repellent sprays and topical flea medication for dogs. However, nothing worked well enough to keep him completely flea free. We ended up back in the vet more than once to help heal his sores and find something that would kill the fleas. I so appreciate my vet working with us, listening to my concerns, and willingness to get this problem resolved! A good veterinarian is so important!
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When BRAVECTO® chewable flea and tick medicine became available, my vet immediately suggested Max try it. Max gobbled it up and in just a few hours he was no longer itching so much! BRAVECTO begins working in the first 2 hours and kills 100% of fleas within 12 hours! He stopped chewing his back and anywhere else he could reach and we could finally remove the cone of shame he’d been sporting for too long. He healed up completely over the following weeks and I didn’t spot a single flea on him. I was amazed!
I love that it lasts for 12 long weeks and also protects against ticks. BRAVECTO kills fleas, prevents flea infestations, and kills black legged tick, American dog tick, and brown dog tick for 12 weeks. BRAVECTO also kills lone star ticks for 8 weeks.
5 Questions to ask your vet about flea control
- My pets are always indoors/not around other animals/other do I need to worry about treatment for fleas and ticks?
- What flea and tick prevention do you recommend for my dog?
- Is it toxic to pets or humans?
- Are there natural alternatives?
- What are the side effects?
Discussing these things with your trusted veterinarian is the best way to find the right flea treatment for your pet. If you need help to find a vet in your area, use this handy vet locator.
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Fleas has always been a threat on my poor Dog but now I know about Bravecto. Thanks for sharing
DIY Dog Mom says
Great post and info – this is so key esp when it is so buggy during the summer!
Gone to the Snow Dogs says
We have started using more Natural Flea control products instead of chemical ones. So many of them make me so nervous! Glad you found one you can trust!
Pawesome post guys 🙂
Always good to discover new methods of juffa [flea] control! MOL
Basil & Co xox
Talent Hounds says
Fleas are so disgusting and I had not idea how easily they spread. I have used a topical but will be talking to the vet.
Tenacious Little Terrier says
Mr. N is allergic to fleas too! He understands Max’s misery.
I’m glad that this product works for your crew! I always make sure that my dogs are treated for both fleas and ticks because both are big problems around here. It seems like every few years I need to change what we use. Maybe the fleas develop an immunity to flea deterrents? I will keep Bravecto in mind if what we are using seems to lose its effectiveness.
Great info. I have not heard of this product before but I’m glad it’s working out for you. Fleas are nasty!
Sweet Purrfections says
So glad to hear Bravecto is working for you!
I have been using natural flea control and so far it has worked well this year. Keeping my fingers crossed that it keeps working!
Awesome! We haven’t had any flea issues yet (knock on wood!) We use a topical flea treatment, but I’m always worried it’ll rub off. Very cool!
That’s awesome!! I had a tick incident a few weeks ago! I forgot to reapply Pippa her spot-on liquid!! It was horrible!! Great advice!!
Cathy Armato says
Great post! I’m loving Bravecto, it’s so easy & convenient. Even one flea is one too many! Very compelling flea story, that must have been awful – Ugh!
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Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them
I’ve got my dog on Bravecto. It seems to be working (but it’s not cheap). My cat had a bad reaction to Revolution, so I won’t go that route again.
L. E. Mastilock says
No, it’s not cheap, but I compared and it’s about the same as you’d pay in topical flea prevention since you have to buy those each month. At least in my area, the price was very similar. And it works! So it’s very worth it to me!
Lola The Rescued Cat says
Great informatuon. Fleas can be so yucky.
Flea prevention and control is key! Great post.