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You probably already know that topical flea control works best when applied directly to your pet’s skin — not on top of the fur.

But did you know that there’s an important step you can take to help the flea control product spread properly, every time? 

It’s brushing! Brushing or combing your pet will remove old, loose fur and clear the path for the topical flea control product to spread over your pet’s body at the skin level, as intended.
(Bonus: removing old, loose fur also keeps skin healthy and prevents fur matting.)

Even pets that appear to have a short, smooth coat can have a sneaky layer of last season’s fur hiding underneath. For this post, I used a metal flea comb and a wire brush to remove old fur from Curly’s coat.

Why grooming your cat before applying flea control products is important

Curly, showing off his handsome coat, after grooming. Flea control application will be much easier now.

 

Removing old loose fur from your pet's coat makes it easier to properly apply flea control products.

Curly’s fur, removed by combing and brushing. (Shaving not required!)

 

Topical flea control spreads at the skin level more easily after old loose fur has been removed.

Removing the thick loose fur makes it easier to apply flea control directly to the skin.

 

This cat has fun playing with the old loose fur that's been taken out of his coat to allow flea control products to be applied directly to his skin.

Curly enjoyed being reunited with his old coat.

Enjoy this video of Curly playing with his fur!

Bonus tip: keep your pet active for at least 30 minutes after applying topical flea control, which helps the product spread faster and more evenly over your pet’s body.

 

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Protect your dog from fleas and ticks this summer
with NexGard chewables.

NexGard protects your dog from fleas and ticks with an easy, tasty monthly chewable treat. Little Creek Veterinary Clinic is the place to purchase NexGard for dogs weighing 4 – 60 lbs*. 

NexGard is available by prescription only. Dr. Donald Miele, a Norfolk veterinarian, recommends NexGard chewables, especially for dogs that have dry, irritated, or inflamed skin, which are not ideal surfaces for topical flea treatments.

Contact Us to learn more about protecting your dog with NexGard.

*Our online pharmacy will ship orders for dogs over 60 pounds.

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We've got a basket full of gift ideas for pet owners!

We’ve got a basket full of gift ideas for pet owners!

If you’re stuck on what to buy for the pet-enthusiast in your life, don’t be afraid to go with a practical gift they can really use!

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Check out these ideas, from Left to Right:

  1. VetzLife Oral Care Gelremoves tartar from teeth and freshens breath; available in mint or salmon flavors
  2. Pill Crusher crush pills into a fine powder and make them more palatable by mixing with food
  3. HyLyt Shampoo a gentle, hypoallergenic moisturizing shampoo that promotes healthy skin and coat
  4. Seresto Flea & Tick Collar — up to 8 months of flea and tick control in one collar
  5. Dermal Soothe Spray – helps keep skin moisturized and itch-free
  6. Nail Trimmer easy-to-use nail trimmer for dogs and cats
  7. Oxyfresh Pet Oral Hygiene Solution — add to pet’s drinking water to aid in keeping teeth clean and freshening the breath

All of these items are available at Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

As a bonus, we’ll throw in a free flying disc* with your purchase — just ask!

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*While supplies last.

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It’s autumn in Norfolk, Virginia — and we’re still talking about fleas!

Sure, nights in Norfolk are getting frosty — but not nearly enough to kill fleas. Fleas are hardy little bugs, and they’re like heat-seeking missiles. Once fleas get indoors, they want to cuddle with you and your pets. You don’t have to put up with their unwanted advances, though.

At Little Creek Veterinary Clinic, we’ve got an arsenal of flea control products on our shelves, designed for use on dogs and cats. Our veterinarian, Dr. Miele, recommends the following flea control products —

Topical spot-ons
Advantage II
Combiva [new]
Revolution (for cats)

Collar
Seresto

Oral
NexGard

Except for Combiva, the products above have special offers for rebates or extra products, through November or the end of the year.

Let’s talk about which flea control product is right for your pet, and stop fleas from settling in for a cozy winter stay in your house.

Autumn brings all good things - and fleas. Photo by Jennifer Miele

Autumn brings all good things – and fleas.
Photo by Jennifer Miele

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The Seresto Flea and Tick Collar rebate ends November 30th,

so be sure to get your pet’s next collar soon!

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Freaky and Fun Flea Facts

Magnified flea. Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Magnified flea.
Photo by Little Creek Veterinary Clinic.

Did You Know?

  • Fleas lay eggs in your pet’s fur; then the eggs roll and drop off into the carpet, onto the furniture, or outdoors.
  • Squirrels, opossums, raccoons, stray dogs and cats can all carry flea eggs into your yard.
  • Fleas can hatch in as little as 2 or 3 weeks, or they can wait for several months and spring themselves on you and your pets when you least expect it.
  • After they feed and mate, female fleas begin laying eggs within 24 hours.
  • Each female flea produces 40 to 50 eggs per day — which adds up to hundreds of eggs in days or possibly thousands of eggs, given enough time. One pair of fleas can infest your home with their offspring!
  • Don’t forget the cat! Many households are infested because of untreated cats that act as reservoirs for fleas. While you’re picking up flea control for the dog, make sure to buy some for your cat, as well.
  • Common household spots for hatching flea eggs and squirming larvae include: in pet beds, under furniture, deep in carpets.
  • Outdoors, fleas like to hang out in shady, undisturbed areas like porches, decks, stairs, and doghouses.
  • Young fleas go dormant in our winter climate and emerge as adults as the weather warms up.
  • Fleas carry Tapeworms. If your dog or cat swallows a flea while grooming itself, it can get Tapeworms.
  • Cats that have fleas can carry Bartonella henselae – the bacteria responsible for Cat Scratch Disease.

So, how can you control flea infestations at home? Try these methods:

  • Treat all dogs and cats in the household. Ask about safe treatments for other furry friends like ferrets, rabbits, chinchillas, rats, etc. Not all products are suitable for pocket pets. When in doubt, check with the manufacturer.
  • Indoors, vacuum regularly. Lift and move furniture for a thorough cleaning.
  • To treat carpets and upholstery, try a safe product like Fleabusters Rx for Fleas.
  • Wash pet bedding and people bedding routinely.
  • Keep baseboards and nooks and crannies clean.
  • Eliminate weeds and brush piles; keep the lawn mowed.
  • Keep rodents away from your home.
  • Treat your yard with outdoor flea control products.

 

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Information for this article was adapted from the Companion Animal Parasite Council and dvm360.com.

This article was originally posted on Aug. 22, 2014.

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2014 Rebate Roundup and Stock-up Specials, plus a Bonus Sweepstakes!

Find your favorite pet product below, then swing by our office and stock-up!*

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P1090169Advantage and Advantix — Purchase a 4-pack, get one matching FREE tube.

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P1090162HeartGard Plus — Purchase 12 doses, get a $12 rebate.
(2 boxes = 12 doses; doses must all be same size)

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P1090160Iverhart Max — Purchase one 6-pack, receive a $3 rebate.

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P1090167Revolution — Purchase 6 doses, get 2 tubes FREE
or purchase 9 doses, get 3 tubes FREE.

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P1060833Sentinel — Purchase one 6-pack, receive a $10 rebate.
Offer ends 3/31/14.

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P1090166Seresto — Purchase a collar, receive a $20 rebate.
Offer ends 11/30/14.

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P1090172VPI Whistle Activity Monitor — Enter at VPIsweeps.com
to win one of over 100 Whistle Activity Monitors.
Sweepstakes ends February 28, 2014.
(No purchase necessary to enter or win.)

*Some pets may be required to have an examination and heartworm blood test in order to be eligible to use heartworm preventative medications. All offers are available on purchases made at our clinic.

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