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The area I live in is very sandy. Which makes sense since I live at the shore, within blocks of the bay and a couple of miles from the Atlantic Ocean. As a result of having so much sand in the area it is not uncommon to also have fleas. After all, fleas can live in many places besides on animals, including sand, dirt, and grass. We’ve battled fleas for years. Our cats have been hit hardest by it in the past, with it being so bad one year that one was actually diagnosed with anemia. Any cat we have ever had has always been an entirely indoor cat. So how then did they get fleas? That’s easy. Fleas travel, they’re like little carpetbaggers. They will hop a ride on anything they can – pets, people, shoes, socks, you name it they’ll hop on it and go along for the ride. Then they’ll move in and stay for far too long even though you try to get rid of them, sort of like that one relative everyone has. So a person can inadvertently and unknowingly pick up a flea (or two or ten thousand) somewhere and then go home and bring them into the house. Where they multiply worse then hamsters (if you’ve ever had hamsters you know what I mean). They can be hard to get rid of because they can hide and live in many places, including rugs, carpets, bedding, curtains, upholstery and floor crevices.
Warmer weather has finally arrived here at the Jersey shore. That means flea season is about to begin. Not only do we have Jules the cat, but now we have our puppy Dobby. At the moment they (and we) don’t have fleas. I’d like to make sure that it stays that way. I know this year will be even more challenging, since we now have a puppy and he goes outside to go to the bathroom.
That’s right. That adorable face has the ability to bring in a lot of unwelcome biting, jumping visitors. So this year to try and get a jump on the problem. (See what I did there. Fleas jump. We’re getting a jump.) We’ve started treating Dobby with PetArmor Plus IGR.
PetArmor Plus IGR contains fipronil, the No. 1 veterinarian-recommended active ingredient used in FRONTLINE® brand products*. The product also contains Novaluron, an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) that kills flea eggs and stops the reinfestation cycle. PetArmor Plus IGR kills adult fleas, ticks, flea eggs and chewing lice and costs less than FRONTLINE® Plus*.
The reason it’s important to actively fight and try to prevent fleas is because they multiply at an alarming rate. Not only are they dangerous to pets, they’re dangerous to people too. Fleas can transmit tapeworms while ticks can carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. So, not only do you have to kill the fleas, you also have to kill the eggs or the cycle starts all over again.
PetArmor Plus IGR comes with three applications in the box. When purchasing product it’s important you know your pet’s age and correct current weight. One tube is one application for one dog. Don’t combine or split tubes, each application must be one whole tube. You apply applications every thirty days.
PetArmor Plus IGR is easy to apply. You cut the end off of a tube and then use the tip of the tube to part your pet’s hair. Then you squeeze the tube to apply all of the solution, moving from the back of the neck to a point midway between the neck and tail. It’s easy to do, the hardest part will be getting your pet to sit still so just get someone to help you if possible.
PetArmor Plus IGR is available at Walmart and Walmart.com. To learn more, vist www.petarmor.com. Additional information about ticks can be found at TickEncounter.org.
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