If you own a dachshund, then you know the number one pest for both you and your dog, is fleas. Not only will they bite your dog, causing intense scratching, or even infection. But they can also bite you. Best of anything is highly subjective, of course. What works for some may not work for others. Plus you have to take into account that fleas do become resistant to treatment. However, there are a lot of products for flea control for dogs.
So there are four staple medicines currently used today for Flea Treatment. Remember that when choosing your dachshunds treatment plan it is always best to consult your vet. Docs Always know best!!
1) Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Medication
Frontline is one of the most popular brands for flea medication on the market today. And, for good reason. Frontline will kill almost 100% of fleas and ticks within three days of use. The Medication works using Fipronil. which is absorbed into the skin. Once the Medication is absorbed it will travel to the glands of the animal. This will cause the drug to be systemic within your pet. When the fleas come into contact with the drug they will die within 24 hours.
One of the best parts about frontline flea control is that once it is absorbed it will stay in your pets oil glands for 30 days. It will not wash off or come off on any of your family members hands. It should be reapplied after 30 days. Frontline also has very few side effects. Though sometimes it can cause irritation at the site of application. If this occurs stop treatment and immediately ask your Veterinarian for further instructions. Remember that Frontline comes in a few different weights for. So keep in mind the size and type of dachshund you have. so know your dachshunds weight before purchasing.
2) Advantage II For Dogs
Advantage is another Popular medication, made by Bayer, the same folks that brought us Aspirin. Advantage is fantastic at eliminating fleas on dogs and cats. It comes in different doses depending on your animal. It is very Important when using Advantage that you use the correct dosage for your dog. To much Advantage can cause side effects that can be dangerous for your pet. It is very important when using advantage that you speak to a veterinarian before deciding on treatment.
Advantage is made with Imidacloprid, which acts on the fleas nervous system causing death. The only drawback to Advantage is that if it does have side effects, which is quite rare, the side effects can be quite dangerous to your pet, especially if the animal is on to high of a dosage. These problems include respiratory problems, and or rashes. This medication is considered to be quite safe if used intelligently and correctly. Advantage Flea Control does not work on Tics!!
3) Capstar Capsules
Capstar is an oral capsule, or tablet that is a flea treatment for dogs. Your dog must be at least four weeks of age, and two pounds. It begins working within 30 minutes and kills all fleas on the dog. Capstar will not prevent further flea outbreaks and is short acting. To prevent further infestations you must treat your home and yard for fleas as well.
4) K9 Advantix
Advantix is also a very popular medication for fleas, it also works on ticks which is great! The medication uses Imidacloprid and Permethrin to kill both ticks and fleas. This medication is not systemic, it stays on the skin, so once applied to be very careful not to wash it off during bathing. Also, it is imperative much like advantage that the correct dosage is used. Imidacloprid can have some very dangerous effects if not used correctly. Advantix works almost exactly like Advantage but be careful, DO NOT USE ADVANTIX ON CATS!! This medication is very dangerous to felines and can cause seizures and possibly death. So dogs only, please!! Also as with anything, it is important to consult your veterinarian before deciding what the best treatment is for your pet.
5) Seresto Flea Collar
Seresto is essentially a dog collar that has been medicated to treat both fleas and ticks. These work for months on end. For example, the product featured above lasts for 8 months. And incredibly keeps your dachshund protected for an extended period of time. The best part about flea collars is that they cause no mess and have absolutely no smell. I’ve used these on both my dachshunds as well as cats and they work absolute wonders. Even if your dachshund does not have fleas, the collar is a great way to prevent fleas from jumping onto your dog.
Types Of Flea Medicine
Fleas Can be a complete pain. They can be quite resilient, and extremely annoying to our pets and family. Whether it be the constant itching of our dogs and cats or the itchy flea bites on our arms and legs, those little varmints have got to go!! First and foremost it is important to understand and educate yourself on flea control and flea treatment. There are various options that we can decide upon for flea control, but we must fully understand the medications that we are going to use before we go ahead and just start pouring them all over our furry little friends. Some medications can have adverse effects, and ALL medications have side effects whether we see them manifest in our pets or not.
Flea sprays can be a very cost-effective flea treatment and preventative for small dogs and cats. However, when compared to the commercial spot-on and oral flea preventatives available, flea sprays can become quite expensive when applied to larger dogs since the entire dog has to be sprayed. There are many flea sprays out there: indoor, outdoor, for your pet only, all natural, etc. Be sure you know what you’re buying and how to use it. In most instances, flea sprays contain potentially harmful chemicals. Misuse of them could lead to detrimental health problems for you, your family, and your pet. Of course, some flea sprays are safer and more reliable than others. Do your homework and make sure you know which ones are least likely to have a lot of complications.
Flea collars are basically rubber or plastic collars that are impregnated with flea repelling compound. They can be a very effective way to repel fleas, but flea collars are usually not very useful if your pet already has fleas. When using a flea collar, it is very important to make sure you are using the right size collar and that the collar is approved for the pet you are putting it on (i.e. dog vs. cat). Read the directions accompanying the flea collar very carefully to make sure you know how long it is effective and what the signs of toxicity are in case your pet has an adverse reaction to the flea collar. If you already have a flea problem, I would consult your veterinarian for a suitable flea elimination plan.
The most common type of flea medicine come in the form of capsules or tablets. Each manufacturer and product do a slightly different thing. However, at the end of the day. The main goal of using capsules or tablets is to eradicate and eliminate the fleas on our dachshunds.
There are also Natural Treatments available for your cats and dogs. Just be sure to consult your veterinarian regarding them. Most of the times your vet is going to say use frontline or advantage, they are after all extremely effective and very safe if used responsibly. Natural treatments come in many different forms such as dog food, shampoo, CBD oil, topical treatments, capsules etc.