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Flea Medicine For Dogs – How To Choose The Right Flea Meds For Your Dog

By D. Thurmond, D.V.M.

If you have a dog at some point you will also have fleas. Flea medicine for dogs eliminates the itch and bother for both your dog and for you.

A scratching dog can be a nuisance for the owner but for the dog, it’s a miserable state of affairs. Fleas crawl about on the skin of the animal, taking little bites here and there and the dog can do nothing to get rid of the pests.

You dog will rub against a fence or the furniture and scratch everywhere he can in an attempt to stop the itching of flea bites. His paws may bleed from chewing them and his back develop bald spots from constant scratching.

This can lead to secondary skin infections for any dog afflicted with fleas. For allergy prone dogs, flea allergy dermatitis results from the saliva of the flea. This is an uncomfortable problem for the dog and the itching cannot be eased no matter how much he scratches.

The best products for dogs with flea allergy dermatitis are topical spot on dog flea medicine. Placing a few drops on the skin at the top of the animal’s neck monthly breaks the flea life cycle and provides quick relief. If you have a large breed dog the drops can be applied on the neck and at the base of the tail. Advantage, Frontline Plus and K9 Advantix are the most popular spot on flea treatments.

Spot on products quickly kill adult fleas and any fleas hatching are killed before they can mature and bite the animal. Revolution topical pet medicine add protection from heartworm as well as fleas.

Dogs that are not allergic to flea saliva can take flea medicine in pill form. Sentinel and Program are prescriptive flea meds that break the flea life cycle by kill fleas when they hatch but do not kill adult fleas until they bite the animal. Sentinel also protects your pet against heartworm disease and other parasites such as hookworm, tapeworm and whip worm.

The topical drops are the most popular choice of flea control for pet owners. The products are widely available online without prescription but should be purchased from a reputable veterinarian’s site as there are low cost fake products designed to look like these top selling brands that will not kill fleas and could harm your pet.

If you choose a pill form of flea control watch you dog closely for reactions to the medicine. Reactions are rare and usually mild but some dog breeds will develop skin rash from the medication. A new flea prevent product, Comfortis, offers a tasty wafer that has been proven to kill fleas quickly and safely with few side effects.

Advantage is a reasonably priced topic flea medication for dogs that is applied once per month and is widely available. Frontline is slightly more expensive but also prevents ticks. Fleas multiply quickly and they adapt to protect themselves from topical flea medicines for dogs. The medication you used last year may seem less effective in preventing fleas this year. If you choose topical treatments, it’s best to rotate brands yearly as the fleas in your area will adapt.

Capstar is a new addition in the field of oral flea medicine for canines. This product is meant to be used for special circumstances as a one time application. A dog with no flea infestation may be fine in his flea controlled home environment but risks picking up fleas at a dog show, when boarded at a kennel or when visiting the dog park. Capstar quickly kills any fleas your pet may have picked up in his travels.

Treating your dog for fleas means treating his bedding and your home for fleas. Washing pet bedding frequently in hot water and use a commercial flea spray on carpets and furniture. Most sprays have a residual effect for at least 30 days. Flea powder can be sprinkled on carpets and then vacuumed up a few minutes later along with the dead fleas. There is perhaps nothing kinder you can do for your pet than provide protection from biting fleas.

Buy the right dog flea treatment for your pet based on his individual requirements. Find flea meds online at and buy with confidence directly from a veterinarian.

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