Fleas are small wingless parasitic insects that live off the blood of mammals and birds. Frequently, fleas just bother our furry friends, but sometimes they develop allergic reactions to the fleas’ saliva. This leads to the development of rashes and even loss of fur from excessive scratching or biting. This is called flea allergy dermatitis, and when present can lead to secondary skin infections from the biting and scratching done to alleviate the itching. Even if your pet doesn't have allergic reactions to fleas, you should beware. Fleas can carry diseases such as tapeworms and Lyme disease. Although tapeworms are not actually transmitted through flea bites, the fleas often carry tapeworm eggs. When your pet bites to relieve itching, he may ingest the parasite and become infected.
How do dogs get infested with fleas?
Wild animals like squirrels, raccoons, and other small rodents can carry fleas and transmit them to your dog.
Contact with other dogs that have fleas or contact with equipment or materials infested with fleas.
Hiking in an area where fleas are prevalent can expose your dog to fleas as well.
Dangers of fleas
Flea Allergy Dermatitis - causes hot spots and extreme itchiness on your dog, the scratching can lead to open sores and other infections.
Tapeworms - In trying to relieve the itching and biting, dogs can eat fleas infected with tapeworms and become infected too.
Bites and skin irritation - Other than discomfort and annoyance for your pet, scratching can lead to open sores and other infections.
Plague - In rare instances, dog may contract plaque from infected fleas, which can be fatal to your pet.
Effitix Kills and Repels Fleas
One monthly application of Effitix Topical Solution for Dogs helps:
Repel fleas—permethrin is believed to have repellent activity against adult fleas
Control flea infestations
Stop reinfestations by killing adult fleas before they lay eggs
Control bites that can irritate and annoy dogs
A study was conducted to show how rapidly EFFITIX Topical Solution
for Dogs eliminates and controls fleas.
The study included 16 adult dogs
Dogs were infested with 100 unfed fleas 24 hours before treatment
Flea counts were performed at 2, 6, and 12 hours after treatment
with EFFITIX Topical Solution for Dogs
Killed over 94% of fleas—within 6 hours
Eliminated 99.6% of fleas—within 12 hours