Fleas are the bane of all dog owners. And dog owners who ignore the problem, do so at great risk to their pet, as well as to all of the humans living in the home.
Dr. Liz Hanson, a veterinarian at the Corona Del Mar Animal Hospital, notes that once a home becomes infested with fleas, the tiny critters are just as happy to take what she refers to as their “blood meal” from humans as from dogs.
And it doesn’t take long for a home to become flea infested. Especially during the warm months of spring and summer (and year-around in warmer climates) a dog fresh from a bath or grooming can pick up new fleas.
“Once a flea jumps on your dog and feeds, it can produce dozens of eggs per day, and a single flea can produce up to 2,000 eggs in its lifetime,” Dr. Hanson says. “This is why flea baths, flea collars, or treatments that kill fleas for just 24 hours are so inefficient. The fleas can come right back and re-infest.”
Fleas, and their frequent co-travelers, ticks, can cause more than just itching. Both fleas and ticks can carry disease, and controlling these pests can reduce the likelihood of disease.
Over the years a number of spot-on treatments have been developed. Spot-on solutions (in which medication is applied in spots along the back of the dog) have provided a major advance, because they tend to remain active within the dog’s system —generally 30 days—to protect against re-infestation.
However, there is a broad spectrum of spot-on solutions on the market. Some take aim at adult fleas, others aim at killing eggs, some do both, but the active agents used—their strength and combinations—all have an impact on how well the treatment works, and continues to work.
This means that once a dog owner begins the quest for a spot-on solution, he may have a long and frustrating journey to find one that provides the protection he seeks for his dog and home.
Dr. Hanson deals with dog flea control for her clients—as well as for her own two miniature long-haired dachshunds. So when one of her clients at the animal hospital spoke enthusiastically about VetGuard Plus for Dogs, Dr. Hanson decided to research the product. She liked what she found so much that she has since been using it for her own dogs as well as recommending it to her dog-owning clients at the animal hospital.
VetGuard Plus for Dogs, available without a prescription, provides triple-action protection against fleas and ticks by killing, repelling and preventing a re-infestation. VetGuard Plus also kills and repels mosquitoes, lice and mites. The triple action is accomplished by using permethrin to kill and repel fleas, lice and ticks; and pyriproxyfen, an insect growth regulator (IGR), that prevents eggs and larvae from developing into biting adults.
“I like that VetGuard Plus has an adulticide to kill existing fleas and ticks, and it has a second-generation IGR to kill the eggs and larvae,” Dr. Hanson said. “VetGuard Plus for Dogs has a 5% concentration of the IGR pyriproxyfen, while other products may have as little as less than half of 1%.”
As a best practice, Dr. Hanson reminds her clients that VetGuard Plus for Dogs shouldn’t be used on cats. (VetIQ makes a separate product for cats: VetGuard for Cats.)
She asks clients to apply VetGuard Plus, according to directions as a spot to the skin at three or more different locations along the dog’s back between the shoulder blades and base of the tail to keep the dog from licking it off. She also suggests owners and their children not touch the area where the protection was applied for a few days as it works itself in. Another best practice is to wash the dog’s bedding and other material in frequent contact with the dog to reduce the in-house flea population prior to treatment.
VetGuard Plus provides a number of benefits including serving as an extremely effective spot-on product for your dog, and being widely available and affordable.
“An Easy Product to Recommend”
“A lot of my clients are my neighbors and friends because I live next to the animal hospital,” Dr. Hanson said. “I would not endorse a product that I am going to recommend to my friends and neighbors unless I really believed in it. VetGuard Plus for Dogs is truly a great product. I use it for my own two dogs.”
She hopes that the product will save dogs from the misery and potential health threats of fleas, ticks and other labeled pests. “VetGuard is very affordable and readily available in stores as an over-the-counter product. With products like this, there is no reason why dogs should be flea ridden.”
Effective Flea and Tick Control
Dr. Hanson appreciates the triple-action protection that VetGuard Plus for Dogs provides: killing existing fleas, ticks, lice, mites and mosquitoes; repelling new adult pests from jumping onboard, and preventing eggs and larvae from creating a new generation of infestation.
“VetGuard does a great job of killing fleas,” Dr. Hanson says. “It is also excellent for killing ticks, lice, mosquitoes, and certain mites. It also repels these same pests, and with the IGR, any eggs that have been laid in the skin are killed.”
Independent Verification Services, an independent third-party company, verified multiple EPA product labels including claims for Advantix II, Fiproguard, Frontline Plus, Hartz, Kirkland Signature, PetArmor, and VetGuard Plus. “The EPA approved claims for VetGuard Plus was excellent,” Dr. Hanson says. “Since many top selling products don’t contain permethrin, they can’t repel many pests like VetGuard Plus can.
Passing the Dog Park Test
Inquisitive by nature, Dr. Hanson decided to do some testing of her own with her dogs. After giving her dogs VetGuard Plus, she took them to a “bark park” and then to the Huntington Beach dog beach. “I knew they would pick up fleas at the dog park, and plenty of sand fleas at the dog beach,” Dr. Hanson says. “When I brought them home, there were lots of fleas, but within 24 hours the fleas were dead.”
Four days later she gave the dogs a bath and took them to the dog park and beach again to see if protection had been diminished. “The dogs picked up more fleas, but again the fleas died. For me this demonstrated the effectiveness of VetGuard Plus—as well as how difficult it is to keep your dogs free of fleas without a spot-on solution like this product.”
Available and Affordable
Because Dr. Hanson believes no dog should have to suffer from fleas, ticks, and other pests, she is happy to see the affordable pricing of VetGuard Plus.
“One of the best advantages of VetGuard Plus is that it is so widely available,” Dr. Hanson says. “You don’t need a prescription. You can buy it from Walmart, Kroger, Kmart or Sam’s Club and a number of other places. And if you do price comparison it is much more affordable than a lot of flea and tick products.”
Affordability is critically important to protecting dogs. “There are a lot of products that are quite expensive, where for a large dog you might be paying over $100 a month for flea control. At that price some owners might simply give up and the dog would be left to suffer. For the good of the dog, people need to be able to afford to purchase flea and tick protection.”
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