Dog Park Flea Control

If you live in a city or don't have a backyard, you're going to have to take your dog to get some exercise - this means you'll need to go to a park, where lots of other animals are going to be around. Some are specifically made for dogs, and they are a great place to get out and have some fun with your pet- but at the same time they are a breeding ground for parasites. Fleas and sometimes ticks will make these places their homes, and for many people they are the only option for a place to take their dogs to play. This page has some useful tips for what you should do to control fleas that are an inevitable byproduct of going out to get some exercise.


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The Basics:

What do you do if you have to take your dog to a park periodically for exercise? First, make sure that your flea control product is designed to kill adult fleas. Many are just designed to interrupt the life cycle - keeping fleas from reproducing or killing their eggs or larva. You'll need one that gets at the actual adult fleas as well, because if you go tthere regularly, you are going to need a form of flea control that is designed to kill off all the new fleas you will get every time you go there. If you don't control the terrain where your dog plays, you can only kill fleas as they actually come on your dog. The solution: the regular use of medicines (many are designed to be used preemptively, before your pet gets fleas). You should look at both Advantage and Frontline products - they are both good, and both have versions designed to kill the actual adult fleas. They usually last about a month or more per dose, so you don't have to do much else as long as your house itself hasn't been infested yet.

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