Knowing that you need to regularly de-flea your pets and actually doing it are often two different things - especially if your dog is tricky to treat! But with the right technique, it can actually be quite easy to de-flea your pet, especially if you have someone to help you (this is a good idea with particularly fussy pets).
Below I’m going to walk you through an easy way to give Frontline flea and tick protection to your dog. Remember, if you’re unsure which product would work best for your pet, pop in to your vet for advice.
How to treat your pet for fleas in under five minutes
- The first thing you need to do is choose the correct size pipette for your dog. My patient is Benji, who is a large breed dog weighing 18kg. So I’ve picked a large breed pipette.
- Next, get your pooch ready. If your dog likes to squirm or is particularly averse to getting treatment for ticks and fleas, get someone to help you. One of you can hold the dog and the other can administer the flea treatment.
- To get started, tap the top of the pipette to make sure all the liquid falls to the bottom of the container. This ensures that it doesn’t spray all over the place when you open it. Once the top of the pipette is free of liquid, break open the tip to open it, then part your dog’s fur at the back of his neck until you can see his skin.
- Now, simply squeeze all the Frontline onto that spot - all in the same place. If you like, you can rub it in gently with the pipette, then simply close up the fur again. If you have a very large dog, like a Boerboel, St Bernard or a Great Dane, then it’s better to apply the Frontline to three spots on your dog’s body: the back of the neck, the middle of the back, and the base of the tail, near his bum. This will help the treatment to work more efficiently, as it has a lot of surface area to cover on your dog’s body.
- Finally, remember not to bath your dog for three days prior to treatment and three days after treatment. This is because Frontline works by being absorbed by the oils on your dog’s skin. If your dog has just been bathed, his skin will have been stripped of these oils, and the Frontline won’t be absorbed as efficiently.
Remember to regularly treat your dogs for these irritating little parasites. If you follow these steps, it should be as easy as one, two, flea!
Disclaimer: Always consult your vet for professional advice. The Zuki.co.za blog is provided as an educational tool and should not be used to diagnose illness or treat an animal.