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September 12, 2013

How pet owners can control fleas, ticks

NORMAN — Dear Dr. Fox: I would like to know the easiest and fastest way to get rid of fleas on my three dogs.

They haven’t had fleas in several years; they’re inside dogs that are walked in the morning and evening, but evidently this is a bad year for fleas, as my dogs have them.

You’ve mentioned diatomaceous earth and borate powder but fail to mention where to get these items.

— G R., Arlington, Va.

Dear G.R.: Please read my special report on controlling fleas and ticks that is posted on my website, DrFoxVet.com.

It is a detailed report on an integrated approach to keeping these noxious insects at bay. Essential tools include weekly vacuuming of the house, especially where pets sleep.

Whole Foods market and some pet stores may carry diatomaceous earth, or go to perma-guard.com. For borate powder, go to fleabusters.com. The former, you rub into your pets’ fur; the latter, you sprinkle in cracks and crevices around the house.

I also endorse the new quassia-based, safe and effective herbal spray from PetzLife called Complete Coat. This product kills fleas and ticks and is harmless if the pet accidentally swallows a small quantity.

In addition, buy a flea comb to do daily coat checks. Give your dogs a daily dose of brewer’s yeast in their food (1 teaspoon per 50 pounds of dog). Brewer’s yeast is also good for cats at about a half teaspoon daily for an average-sized cat.

Dear Dr. Fox: I have a question for you about giardia. If a dog is a carrier, will that preclude the dog from being put up for adoption? That is the rumor going around at one of the shelters in St. Louis. I would like to know the facts, which is why I am asking you.

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