Topical, 'Spot ons' or Flea Drops have only been with us since the late 1980's but they have fast become the preferred method of treatment for fleas for a huge majority of pet owners. But how do these flea drops work? It is all down to the method of application and the new generation of flea killer ingredients which help make these effective yet safe for our pets.
How to Use Flea Drops
All the topical flea killers come in small vials of oily liquid. All the pet-owner needs to do is part the fur and drop all the liquid directly onto your pets skin. The drops are placed between the animals shoulder-blades which stops them removing it before it has time to get to work. Some larger dogs (20 kilos or more) may benefit from having half the dose put in the usual place and the other half at the base of the tail. This allows the product to cover all the animal's surface more quickly.
How Flea Drops Work
Once in contact with the skin the flea medicine sinks in. The active compounds are taken up by the animal's oil glands are spread over the whole skin's surface by the sebaceous system. Being oil based means the flea treatment is waterproof so your pet can bathe, swim or just get caught in the rain with no adverse affect on the potency or longevity of the product.
This method of 'translocation' is the key to total flea control. Fleas landing on any part of your pet's body are immediately exposed to the flea killer.
Additional Parasite Control Flea Drops
Spot flea treatments which also provide protection against other parasites such as intestinal worms, heartworms and biting mosquitoes work in two ways. The trans-location of the product via the animal's own sebaceous system gives all over coverage against fleas. Plus the active components are absorbed into your pets circulatory system. Blood carries the product throughout the body to destroy additional parasites internally.