A flea infestation is annoying at the best of times, but if you have been using a flea treatment on your pet and you still suffer an infestation it’s doubly irritating. Why is it that sometimes, despite our best efforts, our flea treatment lets us down? Let’s look at a few of the top reasons why your flea treatment isn’t working.
You Treated Your Pet, But Not Your Home
You Used a Treatment that Only Kills Adult Fleas
You Had a Break in the Treatment
Fighting fleas is an ongoing battle; you can’t take a holiday. Fleas will sneak in, given the slightest opportunity.
You Didn’t Apply the Product Properly
I’ve nearly been caught out when using a new product before. I assumed that all spot-on treatments would be administered in the same way – I now know that they are not! Fortunately, I double-checked the instructions just before I applied the whole vial between my dog’s shoulder blades and found that this new product needed to be placed at three spots along her back.
You Didn’t Give the Correct Dose
This one caught out both myself and my vet. My regular spot-on appeared to have become ineffective, despite a couple of years of successful use. We decided to check my dog’s weight and the result was that we upped her dose and all was fine once again.
You Don’t Understand How the Treatment Works
Flea products work in different ways, depending on which ingredients they use. Some can have surprising effects. For instance, the main ingredient in Frontline affects the fleas’ nervous systems, causing them to become more active and visible before they die. Some pet owners witnessing this apparent explosion in the flea population think that something has gone wrong and the product doesn’t work.
You Didn’t Empty Your Vacuum Cleaner Bag
You Didn’t Treat Your Car
If your pet travels in your car, you need to treat the car too. Deal with it just as you would your home, vacuum the carpet and dispose of the bag.
Your Treatment Has Become Ineffective
I’ve read a lot of anecdotal evidence, including some from vets, that in some part of the world, some flea treatments are not working. The two most commonly mentioned are Stronghold and Frontline. It should be noted that there are many more people using these products successfully. However, if you feel that you apply the product correctly and treat your home effectively and you still have a flea problem, speak to your vet about changing to a different product.
- Whichever flea treatment you use, you need to administer it regularly and according to instructions.
- Treat your pet and your home.
- Don’t forget to treat everywhere your pet goes, including your car.