Sterner Veterinary Clinic

821 N. Jefferson St.
Ionia, MI 48846


Flea Control

Fleas on your dog or cat are the tip of the iceberg!


  • 95% of the flea population is the immature fleas living in your carpet, furniture and bedding.
  • Anywhere your dog or cat goes there are flea eggs, larva and pupae that can live in your house for 6 months.
  • Flea infestations are easier to prevent than treat. Treatment should be continued for at least 3 months or longer to see permanent reductions in the number of fleas in your house. 


What to Do:


  • ALL animals in your household must be treated with the recommended flea products for control to be effective.
  • Topical products kill the adult fleas on your animal. Ask an SVC staff member which product is right for your dog or cat.
  • Other products inhibit the flea life cycle-such as Program (the flea preventative in Sentinel). This product sterilizes the adult fleas so they cannot infest your house and carpeting. Program is available in a monthly tablet form (in  Sentinel-negative heartworm test required) for dogs, and 6 month injectable for cats.
  • To jump start your flea control process, a tablet called Capstar can be given at home or here in the clinic to begin killing adult fleas in 30 minutes. It only lasts 24 hours, but can begin getting rid of fleas while your topical product starts working.
  • Comfortis is a new flea control pill introduced in 2008, which controls fleas for 30 days. When the flea bites, they start to die with in minutes.


Treating the environment will help to control the immature fleas and break the life cycle.

  • If you have a severe infestation, it is best to call a professional exterminator that can guarantee a flea-free house.
  • We recommend Mycodex Plus Environmental Control for mild to moderate infestations. This aerosol spray is more effective than flea bombs that settle on top of furniture as it can be sprayed on upholstery and under furniture in all the fleas' favorite places. You should also wash all bedding and vacuum (throwing away the bag or bleaching the canister each time) according to instructions on the can.