Program as a form of prevention
Program is great for adopting a "preventative" strategy for dealing with flea problems. Instead of just waiting until your house has been overrun with fleas, you deal with the problem year-round by giving your pet a pill that will cut off the flea life cycle by preventing them from breeding. This can't solve all your problems if you have an outdoor pet. Your pet will just go back outside and pick up new ones - but they won't breed in your house. If you have an indoor cat or dog who has other contact with pets only infrequently (i.e., at the vets or the kennel) this is the strategy for you.
Preventing flea problems is often safer - it doesn't subject your pet to chemicals, and it lets you at the same time keep the problem from ever getting out of control. It's surprisingly easy to have a flea infestation in a very short period of time - because they can lay many eggs each day, and because the eggs sit dormant for several weeks, you can get a few fleas and then have a full infestation a month later with no problems in the interim. Program stops this from ever happening - the only fleas that will be in the house are the ones that come from outside, and they won't be able to breed, so you won't have to deal with too many flea bites. Pets will often kill adults on their own when grooming themselves.
Dosing Information: You'll need to weigh your pets before buying any flea control product to know which dose to get. For Program, the weight groups are as follows: For dogs, under 10 pounds, 11-20 pounds, 21-45 pounds, 46-90 pounds. For cats, under 10 pounds and 11-20 pounds.
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