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Preventing Hot Spots


Hot spots are prevented by preventing fleas. The most common methods of flea prevention include topical flea medication and oral flea medication. Some of the most effective topical medications include Frontline Plus, Flea4X PLUS for Dogs, Advantage II, K9 Advantix II,. These products begin killing fleas within minutes. Topical Revolution also kills fleas, but requires at least 24 hours to become effective.

The most effective oral flea prevention medications are Sentinel and Capstar. Capstar kills all adult fleas and begins acting within minutes. Capstar is given daily. The main difference between these two oral flea medications is that Sentinel doesn't kill adult fleas. Sentinel prevents eggs from developing into adult fleas.

Which Flea Preventative Is Best for My Pet?



With so many different types of flea preventatives available, it can be somewhat overwhelming to choose the best type for your pet. To compare the benefits, visit our Flea Preventative category and select up to 3 products to see what each product kills, how it is applied, and the product rating from our veterinarian, Dr. Dym.

Kill Fleas in Your Home and Yard



To effectively eliminate a flea infestation, using a flea preventative isn't enough. You will also need to treat your home and yard which live in your pet's environment.
  

The best way to help prevent hot spots is to protect your pet each month with a flea control product like Advantage II, Frontline Plus, or similar flea medications
  

Treating Hot Spots


Constant itching is the cause of many hot spots and can be managed with antihistamines while topical sprays can help to kill bacteria and soothe your pet's irritated skin.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

  
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