‘Qui Cum Canibus Concumbunt Cum Pulicibus Surgent’ – a Latin sentence loosely translated as ‘if you lie down with dogs, you will wake up with fleas’ – is thought to have been invented by American President Benjamin Franklin sometime in the mid-1700’s. That the phrase is still used in everyday language shows us that fleas have always been a problem when it comes to pets and still
is to this very day.
It is unfortunate that the things we love best about living in Australia (constant warm weather with some humidity) are the very things that make for a perfect breeding ground for fleas in cats and in dogs. And if your pet has ever had a run-in with fleas (which can be picked up pretty much anywhere) you will know that banishing them is expensive and drastic. Apart from treating your pet, you will also need to mow your lawn and trim any rough areas, thoroughly clean your home and all bedding/fabrics as well as hire a pest controller to treat outside areas for both adult fleas and flea larvae.
Most pet owners rely on the humble flea collar to prevent fleas, but as you will know, flea collars are rarely waterproof and cannot be used on very old and young dogs or on pregnant dogs. Also, the coating on a flea collar should not be touched or ingested by humans, and as most pet owners know it's often a struggle just to get your pet to wear one in the first place!
Thankfully, the latest technology in pest control involves a different approach – and one that your pet will literally lap up. Zoetis has introduced a chewable flea drug for dogs called Simparica, which acts similarly to Merck’s Bravecto and Merial’s NexGard treatment. These treatments are all ingested by the pet as a soft, meat flavoured chew that works for 30 days up to twelve weeks.
Ingestible flea control helps eliminate fleas before they can breed, stopping their breeding cycle instead of just killing them on contact like collars tend to do.
If your pet struggles with fleas and a collar just is not cutting it, speak to your vet about whether or not this futuristic method of flea prevention is right for your pet!