Battle with Fleas: Keeping Them off of Your Golden Retriever

By Miranda Moore | Monday Monday Staff -    2016-10-26

So far we’ve talked about how to treat a flea bite and how to get them out of the house. Now, we’re going to talk about keeping them off of the golden retriever. Having fleas on our dogs is never a good thing. The best way to kill fleas is to simply treat your dog with the proper preventatives.

The reason that topical flea treatments work so effectively is because they kill and break the flea life cycle. The life cycle must be broken in order for your household to be free of fleas. When a flea bites into a protected dog, the medicine will not only kill it, but it stops the cycle from continuing.

There are many good topical flea products on the market that are safe for your pets:

Frontline and Frontline Plus is a topical flea ointment that is applied between the dog’s shoulder blades.

K9Advantix: applied evenly to four to six spots on the top of the back from the shoulder to the base of the tail. At each spot, part the hair until the skin is visible. Place the tip of the tube on the skin and gently squeeze to expel a portion of the solution on the skin.

Advantage: Locate the middle of the dog’s back at the base of its neck between the shoulder blades. You want to apply Advantage on an area where your dog cannot lick it off. Use one hand to part the fur and expose the skin


These products are safe for puppies that are at least 8 weeks of age. If your puppy is younger than this, you will have to flea treat him differently than you would for an older pup.


If you decide to use Frontline Plus, or any other topical ointment, do not bathe your Golden Retriever for 2 days before applying it, and for 2 days after it was applied. For it to work correctly, it needs to combine with your dog’s natural oil in his skin. Other than this time frame only, it is fine to bathe your Golden, and allow him to swim or otherwise get wet. It will still keep on working.

It is normal for there to be an oily-looking spot where you apply it, for about 48 hours. This will go away on its own, and you should not try and rinse that off.

The tick protection that it has in it will kill ticks for one month. But if ticks are not a problem in your area, then monthly applications are not needed.

Frontline Plus will continue its protection for up to 3 months.

I have only ever used Frontline, so the other medicines will vary. I’ve also heard that tea tree oil works well for flea bites and fleas. I’ve seen my father-in-law use it on his dog once. But be aware that every dog’s skin is different and what might work for some may not work for others.

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