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Fleas

FLEAS

FleasFleas are the consequence of living in Auckland, one of the flea capitals of the world.

Our high-humidity summers and moderate winters means there is a constant background flea residence that is punctuated by flea population explosions.

Flea control these days is not all that difficult. It is done either orally or dermally.

Orally:Bravecto

The latest product-Bravecto-is a tablet that you give orally to your dog once every 3 months. No fleas are resistant to it.

Bravecto is also very effective against ticks and Demodex mange.

Dermally:

The little vials you dab on the skin are also easy to use but there are a confusing variety to choose from: Again Bravecto is the latest product that comes as a pour-on vial and is available for cats and dogs. These products are applied to the skin on the back of the neck, up near the head. For dogs it gives 6 months protection  and for cats, Bravecto gives 3 months protection. The Bravecto Plus version for cats also offers protection against lungworm.

Only in certain circumstances should you need to use environmental flea control such as house foggers because Bravecto kills fleas before they start to lay eggs. This usually prevents widespread contamination of the house and property, provided you are using them regularly.
Flea shampoos and flea combs are mostly a waste of time as both methods are inefficient; they offer very short term relief and do nothing to prevent egg contamination of the house.

For specific instructions for flea control in puppies or in kittens see our Kitten and Puppy pages

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