Fleas, fleas everywhere and not a drop (or tablet) of preventive in sight

February 9, 2018
Allison Kirby, DVM, DACVD

Dr. Kirby is a veterinary dermatologist at Animal Dermatology Clinic in Marina del Rey, Long Beach and Torrance, California.

Dr. Allison Kirby illuminates the myriad myths behind why some veterinary clients don't see the need for flea prevention.

See a pattern developing here? (Getty Images)During a Fetch dvm360 conference presentation in Kansas City, Allison Kirby, DVM, DACVD, focused on flea allergy dermatitis. In this clip, Dr. Kirby presents the top quotes she has heard from clients who thought their pets weren't at risk of being exposed to fleas:

Gated communities, white fur and cul-de-sacs-have you heard similar excuses from clients? They certainly left Dr. Kirby scratching her head, but she was able to deftly correct these client misconceptions. And it brought her around to pondering how she can help clients realize the many places their pets are exposed to fleas.

In this clip, Dr. Kirby presents the topics you might need to inquire further about with clients who think they can pass on the flea preventive-the use of dog parks, doggie daycare, dog walkers and more.