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by Sue Ann Treder

Skin Plaques Caused by Fleas

Skin Plaques Caused by Fleas

Reader Question: Dog Flea Bite Treatment


How do you treat the flea bites on dogs? We live in a very humid area of Texas and have been fighting fleas for two months.

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Aug 18, 2014
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Vet Suggestion for Dog Flea Treatment
by: Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM

Hi Sue,

Flea infestations can be frustrating to deal with, but thankfully we have much better treatment and preventative products available than we used to. I have had the best luck with the monthly spot-on products like Frontline or its generic equivalents containing fipronil, Revolution, and Advantage.

It is very important that all animals in the house that could be harboring fleas be treated; this includes cats and small pocket pets. Be aware that some of the products that are safe to use on dogs can be deadly to cats and pocket pets so don’t use a flea preventative “off label” without first talking to your veterinarian. Environmental control measures can also be quite helpful. Vacuum rugs, upholstery, and bare floors; put bedding through a hot washer and dryer, and consider using a premises spray outdoors.

In Texas, you will need to continue treating your dogs every month all year round with a flea preventative like those I mentioned above to the infestation from returning.

Best of luck,


Jennifer Coates, DVM

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