Why do I see more fleas on my dog after applying the treatment?
Seeing more fleas after applying the treatment is a sign the treatment is working. When fleas come in contact with Onguard Plus, they rise to the surface of the dog’s coat. These fleas will soon perish, and the life cycle of the eggs and larva will be disrupted preventing more fleas from hatching. For best results allow the fleas to naturally fall from your dog’s coat for the first 2 - 3 days after applying treatment. Brushing and bathing with in the first 24 hours following application may reduce effectiveness.
The dosage vial was almost empty, should I apply 2 vials?
No, the vial is manufactured to be the same shape for all dosages and filled with the exact amount for your pet’s weight. The vial will appear to have a minimum amount of fluid for smaller dogs and more fluid for the largest dogs. Dogs and puppies 8 weeks and older weighing 5 - 22 lbs., the dosage is 0.023 fl. oz. Dogs weighing 23 - 44 lbs the dosage is 0.045 fl. oz. Dogs weighing 45 - 88 lbs the dosage is 0.091 fl. oz. Dogs weighing 89 - 132 lbs the dosage is 0.136 fl. oz. See the picture in the item description for anticipated vial fill by pet weight.
Why does my dog have fleas?
Did you know 40 - 50 eggs are laid everyday by an adult female flea? Fleas and larva are found naturally in urban, suburban, and wooded areas, even the lushest lawn can harbor fleas. These pests are carried into the home on your dog, your clothing, skin, and shoes. Once indoors they can live in fabrics such as blankets, plush toys, pet bedding, upholstered furniture, carpets, and even your clothing. A holistic year-round preventative approach will reduce the likelihood of your dog contracting fleas. Using Onguard Plus once every 4 weeks protects your dog when they encounter brief exposure to these pests.
How do I get rid of fleas?
If you find you have fleas in the home and on your dog attentiveness in following these steps can help resolve the problem and return your living area to a flea free zone. With focused diligence, this may take as long as three months to achieve.
- Ensure all dogs and cats living in the home are treated with the appropriate flea treatment for their species and body weight. This includes indoor only animals. Onguard Plus treatment applied once every 4 weeks while working on eliminating fleas from the environment is an effective choice.
- Vacuum your home thoroughly, especially focusing on carpet and upholstered furniture. For best results vacuum these surfaces daily. During the process you will need to prevent an infestation from developing in your vacuum cleaner. For cyclone vacuums clean the chamber after every use. Vacuums with bags, dispose of the vacuum bag after each use. For homes with a central vacuum system clean the canister and filter to prevent infestation.
- Use hot water to wash all launderable fabrics your pet frequently encounters. This may include pet bedding, plush toys, blankets, family bedding, and even family clothing if you have a pet who is snuggly. The more frequent you can wash these items with hot water, the more rapidly fleas and their eggs will be eliminated from the environment.
- You may need to contact a ‘Licensed Pest Operator’ for additional support in treating the environment inside and out. A ‘Licensed Pest Operator’ can help you develop a strategy based on the level of infestation you are experiencing while addressing any safety concerns you may have for your pets and family.
- Once the flea population is eliminated, prevention is the best strategy to not experience future infestations. The practice of applying Onguard Plus treatment once every 4 weeks, to all dogs and cats in the home, even when you do not see fleas, is one pillar in a holistic strategy for preventing fleas.
I have both indoor-outdoor and indoor only dogs/cats, do I also need to treat my indoor only dog/cat?
Yes, all dogs and cats in the household benefit from treatment, your indoor-outdoor dog and/or cat may bring in larva or fleas which will be attracted to your untreated indoor only dog or cat. Using Onguard Plus treatment once every 4 weeks on both indoor and outdoor dogs and cats will keep all your dogs and cats protected.
I have a small dog and a cat, can I use the same formula for both my dog and cat?
No, the active ingredient levels are specific to the species and animal weight. Always use Onguard Plus treatment formula for dogs only on dogs and Onguard Plus treatment formula for cats only on cats.
I am using Onguard Plus. Why did I find a tick on my dog?
The active ingredient Fipronil can take as long as 48 hours after application to begin killing ticks.
How do I apply Onguard Plus?
Hold the tube with the notched end pointing up and away from you. Using scissors clip the narrow end at the notch along the indicator line. Part your dog’s coat between the shoulder blades. Place the tip next to the skin and dispense the entire tube onto the skin between your pet’s shoulder blades. For best results wait 3 - 4 days after bathing to apply treatment. The application takes 24 hours for the treatment to fully dry and become waterproof. For a graphic representation please refer to the Chewy Pharmacy video in the product description above. Always separate treated animals from other animals for 24 hours to prevent licking of the treatment by other pets. This product is for external use only.
How often should you apply Onguard Plus Flea & Tick?
Each application helps to stop biting fleas, flea eggs, larvae, and ticks for up to one month. Do not apply more often than once every 4 weeks.
Is Onguard Plus waterproof?
Yes, Onguard Plus is waterproof. For best results, use a gentle grooming shampoo. There is no need to reapply Onguard Plus after bathing. Maintain application frequency to once every 4 weeks.
Can Onguard Plus be applied to puppies?
Onguard Plus can be applied to puppies over 8 weeks of age. Make sure the Onguard Plus product used is appropriately dosed for the puppy’s weight. When applying to multiple animals, always separate treated animals from each other and other animals for 24 hours after the treatment is applied. This is to prevent licking of the treatment by other pets. This product is for external use only.
Can Onguard Plus be applied to my dog while she is pregnant or nursing?
We recommend you check with your veterinarian before using this product while your dog is pregnant or nursing.
Can I treat all my animals together?
When applying to multiple animals, always separate treated animals from each other and other animals for 24 hours after the treatment is applied. This is to prevent licking of the treatment by other pets. This product is for external use only.
How does Onguard Plus Work?
Onguard Plus is a topical treatment containing two active ingredients Fipronil and (S)-Methoprene. When fleas and ticks come in contact with Fipronil it binds to the insect leading to its death. (S)-Methoprene acts like an insect hormone and disrupts egg-laying, egg-hatching, and development into an adult.
When applied once every 4 weeks, these active ingredients spread from the application site onto hair and skin where it enters the glands near the hair follicles and is then slowly released for 4 weeks. This dual action provides your pet one month of protection from incidental encounters with fleas and ticks.