Congratulations! Today was the day that everything fell into place. The stars lined up for you and so you finally felt great about yourself!! You know what I am talking about. You noticed in your calendar today was the day to apply Frontline to your four legged friend, so you lured him/her over to you with a handful of treats, parted his/her fur and applied Frontline directly on their skin. Yes, you are feeling good!!! You applied the treatment just like the directions said and can’t wait to do it again next month. Plus it only took 10 minutes out of your day and now he/she is outside frolicking in the yard and playing with the kids. Thus you can move onto your next project…what a great day this is going to be.
That is, until an hour later, when your four legged friend shows up at the back door covered in mud, leaves and grass. He/she looks like a walking compost pile, you think to yourself, as you grab your camera and start taking a couple of photos to share with your friends. These are great shots!
Then it dawns on you that only an hour or so ago you put Frontline on your pet. Now apprehension is closing in as you remember something in the instructions about not washing your pooch for 48 hours? What to do, what to do, what to do? Should you bathe him/her and reapply Frontline or does your four legged friend have to spend the next 48 hours outside barking at the neighbors? Or should you buy a flea and tick shampoo and just wash the dog with that?
To answer that question, you should know a little about Frontline. The main ingredient in Frontline, fipronil, stores itself in the dog’s oil glands, reapplying itself constantly through the hair follicles. Though the manufacturer claims their product is waterproof, some dog owners have found that the treatments do seem less effective after bathing.
Notice I said less effective, not ineffective. So before you decide to use the flea and tick shampoo on your dog’s skin, keep on reading. Do you really want to add more chemicals to your dog’s skin in addition to what you just applied? How long have you been using Frontline? Does your dog currently have fleas and ticks? Is he or she going to bark all night if they are not sleeping in bed with you?
First things first. Make sure your pooch has plenty of water outside and can lay in a place with shade. Even though he/she is muddy and wet they still need water. Second, give Aussie Pet Mobile a call and we will come out to address the situation.
Usually, when a situation like this happens, we wash the dog in an Yucca Shampoo which is designed to help moisturize their skin while cleaning their coat. Then we recommend a couple of alternatives if you discover fleas such as:
- Garlic and brewer’s yeast tablets. The scent is secreted through the skin and keeps bugs away. It is not as bad as it sounds and can be used at anytime in conjunction with Frontline.
- Use essential oils. Be careful. Some oils can cause irritation when applied directly to your dog’s skin. Instead, add a few drops to your pets collar or dilute it in water and spray a few squirts on their coat. Cedar, lavender, citronella and rosemary are great for this.
Another option is a homeopathic treatment called Capstar. Capstar is a tablet you can give to your pet. This stuff works fast. Normally with in 30 minutes to an hour you can actually see fleas fall off your cat or dog. Capstar is safe for pets that are 4 weeks of age and older and over 2 pounds of body weight.
Lastly, you can use a natural Yucca based shampoo to wash your pet. It uses yucca’s super water softening ability to penetrate the shells of fleas and ticks causing their natural, instant and safe elimination.
At Aussie Pet Mobile we use Yucca shampoos or a Neem based shampoo for pets with really bad fleas. Neem based shampoos are actually recommended by the department of agriculture for the treatment of flea infested pets.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I look forward to hearing from you. If I can ever be of help to you or your pet, give us a call. Aussie Pet Mobile Alpharetta