Flea Treatment | Rochester MN Veterinarians
Thoroughly vacuum all furniture and flooring surfaces, including under furniture where pets and fleas can hide. Discard the vacuum bag when finished.
Wash all bedding the pet has slept on.
Apply Frontline to all pets in the household according to weight and species.
- Do not apply dog products to cats.
- Apply Frontline to all the pets in the household to avoid “carriers” (animals with no symptoms of fleas themselves but do carry fleas and transmit them to other pets in the household) which prolong the flea infestation.
- Do not bathe the pet just before or after Frontline is applied. Leave a two-day window before or after any bath when applying Frontline.
- Frontline is effective after swimming if the two day rule is followed.
- When treating a current infestation of fleas, applying the Frontline ONCE MONTHLY is recommended for both dogs and cats for at least three or four months straight.
- Frontline is a topical therapy that kills adult fleas and also keeps fleas from reproducing.
- It can take from 3 to 8 weeks for the flea infestation to be eliminated within the home due to the fact that the house of a flea infested pet will have several immature stages of the flea life cycle present in the carpet, furniture and outdoors. These will in turn mature, jump on the pet and then be eliminated by the Frontline.
- Frontline will kill all the fleas on the pet within 4-36 hours. Since new fleas from the flea-infested environment are always jumping on the pet, it may take time for the pet to be completely flea free.
Flea Life Cycle
Potential sources of fleas:
Flea infected cats, dogs, opossums, raccoons, foxes, coyotes in the yard.
Female adult fleas lay 40 to 50 eggs per day, which roll off the haircoat onto the carpet or outdoors. A flea-infested animal can be thought of as a “salt shaker” shaking off eggs everywhere into the environment, especially in the areas where it spends the most time.
Flea eggs mature into larvae within days. Larvae spin cocoons and become pupae within weeks. Pupae mature into adult fleas within weeks. All four parts of the life cycle (eggs, larvae, pupae, and fleas) are present within the home of the flea infested animal. This is why it takes 3-8 weeks to rid the home of fleas since the Frontline product kills only the adult phase and prevents their reproduction, ending the life cycle present in the house. Capstar, an oral product that can be given daily along with Frontline, starts killing fleas within minutes.