Canine Flea Treatment Examined: Rinses, Sprays and Collars

Flea spray for your canine can be used along with other treatments and can also repel other insects such as mosquitoes. Here is some information on different kinds of flea treatments.

Flea Sprays, Powders and Collars

The spray kills eggs and larvae for up to 2 months. When using sprays, be careful not to get any in your dogs eyes or ears. Sprays are not a good idea if your dog has sensitive skin.

Flea powder can be easier to apply to your dog than a spray, but it is messier. The powder is only effective for a few days and should not be used if your dog has asthma or other breathing problems.

Flea collars emit a toxic gas which is usually only effective in the immediate area around the collar. Flea collars are effective for adult fleas but only some contain insect growth regulator, which prevents the development of the flea larvae and eggs.

Shampoos, Dips and Rinses

Flea shampoos and rinses are not intended for lasting control and are only effective for a day or less. A flea bath is a great first attack for the dog that is infested with fleas.

A flea dip uses much stronger chemicals and is not usually recommended unless absolutely necessary. Because the dip lasts one to two weeks, there is a lot of chemical residue left on your dog. Dips are effective on adult fleas as well as mites and ticks.

Liquid spot treatment

Most liquid topical treatments kill both fleas and ticks. Applications last from 1 to 3 months. The liquid is applied to the skin between the shoulders where your dog can't get at it to lick it off. Topical liquid treatments kill adult fleas and prevent eggs from hatching.

Oral flea medication

Oral flea medications come in tablet form and liquid. They stop flea eggs and larvae from developing. However, they do nothing to kill the adult fleas already on your dog. If your dog is allergic to fleas, it's best to use a topical treatment to kill adults fleas before they have a chance to bite your dog.