We all have the odd itch from time to time, but consistent itching on your pet may mean he has fleas. What makes things worse is the fact these fleas are also quite happy to snack on us, hardly surprising when you consider only 5% of fleas are on your pet and the rest are in your carpets and soft furnishings. In this article we'll take a look at what the best cat and dog flea treatments are and see how easy they are to apply.

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Pet collars

These collars are effective for keeping flea numbers controlled once any large infestation has been sorted. The collars only kill fleas in the neck and shoulder areas of your pet and need replacing frequently. You should check the packaging of the collar to see how often.

Flea shampoos

Fleas shampoos are ideal for killing a large number of fleas quickly when used in combination with other methods as the effects of the shampoo only lasts about a day or so. This can be a difficult treatment to give to cats, so some of the other treatments might be easier.

Flea powder

This is the method we all used to use a few years back and meant getting your pet standing still on newspaper while you covered your pet with the powder and rubbed it into the fur. The positive effects of the powder only lasts a couple of days due to it being dispersed as the pet moves around.

Flea Spray

This is a much cleaner option than powder and you simply spray the aerosol over your pet for it to start working. The flea spray again only works for a couple of days, so you will have to use this a few times a week for your pet to remain protected. The flea spray is quite difficult to use with cats as the sound scares them, other options are better.

Spot-on treatments - the best dog flea treatment

The spot-on treatments such as Frontline have become the most favoured way of keeping your pet flea free. Each box of Frontline comes with three months supply of capsules. Every month you snip open the capsule and apply the liquid to the back of your pets neck, but do watch out for them trying to wash the liquid off for the first hour or so. In the box are also some handy sticky reminders to put on the calendar. This is without doubt the best flea treatment for cats and dogs and one that causes the animal the least distress.

Widespread flea infestation

If your pet has had fleas for some time, or when moving into a new property which is flea ridden, you'll need to treat your pet and the surroundings.

To treat the surrounds you will need to :-

  • Vacuum the house thoroughly including all the hard to access areas. Also remember to vacuum the bed and mattress if the problem is bad.
  • Spray the affected areas with one of the household flea sprays available online remembering to include your soft furnishings (you may want to test the spray first incase of staining).
  • For larger problems where the infestation is widespread, smoke bombs are available to clear the whole area of fleas although in some countries these need to be used by a professional.

With all these flea treatments, extreme care must be taken when using them and always read the labels. When using any treatment around puppies and kittens, always seek veterinary advice first to avoid any problems.

Hopefully with one of these solutions you'll find the best flea treatment for cats and dogs and that you'll start to itch a little less every day.