We believe this to be the most over treated problem in veterinary medicine.
Our philosophy on our “risk-reward” ratio for drugging our pets is that it is not worth routinely treating our pets with flea treatments every month unless there is a great enough suspicion that a problem actually exists. By all means if one of our clients were particularly concerned over the possibility of their pet getting fleas and would prefer to use a preventative – then that’s OK. In this case we would recommend using Advantage or Comfortis on a monthly basis as these are the best two flea treatments available.
The majority of our team personally don’t particularly mind our pets getting a flea or two as they are then simply treated for a few months and then left until the emergence of a new flea. One of our canine case study clients only required treatment twice in 10 years! She merely didn’t seem to be in an environment where there was a problem.
By not routinely treating for fleas when you don’t really have to achieves two things:
- Firstly, a reduction in what could have been a lifetime of potentially toxic drugs in your pets system and;
- Secondly, a savings of approximately $140 per year
We would rather our clients spend this sort of money on pet insurance rather than products a pet doesn’t really need, so if we need to repair a severely fractured leg, or treat an aggressive cancer for potentially thousands of dollars, the patient is now well looked after!