The 5 steps to eradicating fleas

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Even indoor cats can get fleas

My brother lives on the 12th floor of a high-rise in Miami.  His cat “Vivi” has been living there with him for the past seven years, and that cat doesn’t leave the apartment other than for yearly veterinary exams. Vivi goes in a carrier and comes back in a carrier, and she has never been allowed to roam around outdoors or with other pets. A few weeks ago I got the following recorded message: “Vivi has fleas, and the apartment is full of them! I can’t believe it and don’t understand where she could have picked them up. Please call me back, I really need help with this.” Read More »

Bravecto – 12 weeks of flea & tick control in a single chew

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Bravecto keeps your dog free of fleas and ticks for 12 weeks

When it comes to protecting your dog against fleas and ticks you’re probably familiar with popular topicals, collars, and even new monthly oral flea treatments. As your trusted pet pharmacy we’re pleased to introduce Bravecto, the latest in flea and tick control for dogs. One chew controls fleas and ticks for 3 times as long as traditional doses, lasting 12 weeks when compared to the typical 4 week effectiveness of most topicals and oral flea treatments.

Bravecto for Dogs

How else does Bravecto stack up against the competition?

  • There’s no need to separate pets after giving your dog Bravecto
  • Bravecto starts to work within 2 hours to kill fleas and treat and control ticks
  • It’s effective against 4 tick species (black-legged tick, American dog tick, brown dog tick, and lone star tick)

Interested in switching your dog’s flea prevention? Ask your veterinarian how Bravecto can help keep your dog safe from fleas and ticks with the easy-to-give Bravecto chew.

If you have any questions about this product or any others carried by 1-800-PetMeds, leave us a comment below or feel free to message us on Twitter or Facebook.

Get the ultimate protection against fleas and ticks!

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It’s springtime, and you know what that means. It means it’s time to defeat all the yucky, lurking bugs that are just waiting to jump on your unsuspecting pet. The most common bugs that impact your pet are fleas and ticks, and both can cause major problems. Skin allergies, hot spots, skin infections, deadly disease and even internal parasites are some of the troubles fleas and ticks can cause. Sometimes, it takes just one bite to cause major damage. Read More »

The step-by-step approach to treating fleas

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Take a step-by-step approach to control a flea infestation

As I stepped outside and felt the warm moist Florida air, I was immediately taken back to this time last year when I went to Puerto Rico to visit my friend Miguel. Miguel has always asked me to visit but between my work and other local responsibilities I kept pushing and delaying. As soon as he picked me up he immediately wanted to rush home and tell me all the plans he had for each day. “First things first” said Miguel, “I know that you’re a pet lover and that you work at 1800PetMeds, so let me show you my new puppy.” As soon as he opened his front door, a beautiful golden Labrador retriever greeted me with the gentlest “kiss” and with eyes that spoke without words. Before I could get comfortable, Miguel introduced me to “Bear” and told me to pack some clothes for a day of hiking. Miguel explained that he was rushing because he had a trip planned for us to go hiking in the famous tropical rain forest called El Yunque. Read More »

Stop cat fleas in their tracks – a NEW way

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Even indoor cats can get fleas

Sure, your cat may be indoors most of the time, but that doesn’t mean he or she can’t get fleas. Many pet parents don’t realize this, but 95% of the flea population is eggs and larvae, which can live in your home and in your yard – just a few steps away from your door. Yuck! Read More »

Flea4X Plus: Begins Killing Fleas and Ticks in Just 5 Minutes

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Use Flea4X Plus for dogs and Flea3X for cats

Most people love the warmer spring and summer weather but unfortunately, so do fleas. Depending upon the weather conditions where you live, flea season typically begins in May. The optimum temperature for fleas to thrive is around 65 to 85 degrees, and fleas also do well in the higher spring and summer humidity. Fleas can feed on your dog or cat within seconds of landing on your pet and within 24 hours of that first meal, courtesy of your pet, the fleas can begin laying up to 50 eggs per day which can quickly result in an infestation. It’s clear that when it comes to fleas, fast action is crucial. Now available exclusively at PetMeds, Flea4X Plus has a four-way action that kills fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and mites. Best of all, it starts killing fleas and ticks in 5 minutes. Read More »

Activyl: Something New in Flea Control

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Activyl uses new technology in flea control

If you’ve had to deal with fleas on your dog or cat, you’re probably already familiar with the common topical products used to control these pesky parasites. Maybe you even feel that the fleas in your area have become immune to all the standard treatments. Now there’s something new: Activyl and Activyl Tick Plus. According to the manufacturer, Merck Animal Health, it’s the first and only flea product to use metabolic activation or “bioactivation.” This new technology available only in Activyl uses the enzymes inside the flea itself to activate the flea-killing power. Read More »

Seresto: Flea and Tick Control Made Easy

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The Seresto collar kills fleas and ticks and is for use on dogs and cats

As a concerned pet parent, you know that protecting your four-legged friend from parasites like fleas and ticks is important. Topical pest control products can be messy and smelly, and with our ever-busy lives, it can be difficult to remember to apply every month. Have you ever wondered if there is anything new in flea and tick protection for your pet? Now available at PetMeds, the Seresto collar is the first new treatment in over a decade to offer flea and tick protection for both dogs and cats, and is also the first product to provide tick control for cats as well as for dogs. Best of all, it provides long-lasting coverage. Read More »

Winter Flea Medication Use for Pets

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Protect your pets from fleas year round

Not a Creature was Stirring Except for… Fleas?! Holiday Pet Tips and Advice

As a holiday gift each winter season, bees, mosquitoes, flies, and many other bugs disappear in colder parts of the country. Humans enjoy an extended period without stings, bites and buzzy irritations. Pets enjoy a break from having their noses converted into an insect meeting place. And yet, even when the mercury drops, one annoying pest neglects to share in gift giving by sticking around all year round: fleas.

While flea eggs generally don’t endure cold temperatures, their prognosis improves considerably in just the right (warm) conditions. And guess who happens to possess the perfect environment for fleas to survive even the coldest of winters? That’s right – Fido and Mittens, especially if they track fleas into the house at any point during the year.

In lieu of uninvited fleas crashing your holiday season, be sure to give your pets flea treatments this winter and all year round. Not only will your dog or cat stay happy, healthy and itch free, so will you and all the festive revelers who stop by your home for holiday cheer.

By the way, flea medications and heartworm preventatives make terrific stocking stuffers, alongside an abundance of pet toys and delectable treats, of course.

And as a special holiday giveaway, we are giving one lucky customer a one-year supply of our Flea 4x flea medication for dogs or Flea 3x for cats. Just leave a comment telling us what you do for your pet to keep them comfortable during the colder winter months, and one comment will be selected to receive a year’s supply of free flea medication.

Update: Congratulations to Kim (comment on 12/18/12 at 12:40 pm), the winner of our Flea4X giveaway! Kim, look for an email from us about your prize.

Pet Reactions to Topical Flea Products

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The most common reactions to topical flea medications experienced by pets are itching and/or irritation at the sight of application

While topical flea products on companion animals have truly revolutionized the war against fleas, the expanded use of these pesticides has also resulted in occasional reactions as well.  Examples of these very effective products include Frontline, Advantage, Revolution and Certifect. Probably the most common reactions experienced by pets are itching and/or irritation at the site of application, including hair loss and excoriation of the underlying skin in certain cases.

Treatment may include application of topical antibiotics and/or cortisone products, as well as considering alternative products should the reactions be severe or recurrent. While topical reactions are not usually very serious, there can also occasionally be more severe systemic reactions that may include lethargy, drooling, digestive upset (vomiting/diarrhea), and even rare neurological reactions such as tremors, hypersensivity to touch,  weak gait, and even seizures. In these latter situations, the animal guardian may consider washing the pet with a mild shampoo.  If the reactions continue, then a veterinary exam and evaluation is recommended. While these reactions are not common, veterinary stabilization may be needed including blood work, and supportive IV fluid therapy and medical support until the reactions subside.

Pets that experience reactions to the topical products may benefit from oral pest control products such as Program, Sentinel, Comfortis and Trifexis.  More natural flea and tick preventative measures should be considered including the use of diatomaceous earth and topical essential oils, as well as natural products such as Wondercide and Cedarcide