Tampa Study: The Science and Art of Flea Control
Available April 6 - 26
Speaker: Michael Dryden, DVM, PhD
Sponsored by Merial

This presentation begins by discussing the science and clinical implementation of modern flea control strategies. Then the presentation details the findings of a study that was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of afoxolaner chewables to control flea populations in naturally infested dogs in private residences in Tampa, Fla. The study design utilizes on-animal and premises flea burden assessments, flea gender, and fed-unfed premises flea population analysis to provide a unique and more accurate evaluation of product performance. This in-home investigation, conducted during the summer of 2014 in subtropical Tampa, Fla., demonstrated that afoxolaner chewables rapidly and effectively eliminated flea populations in heavily infested dogs and homes. The observed gender shift of emerging fleas from predominately female to male clearly demonstrated that afoxolaner was likely killing most, if not all, newly acquired female fleas before egg production could be initiated. Elimination of viable reproduction resulted in exhaustion of existing immature flea life stages and ultimately complete premises flea eradication in these homes. 

After participating in this Web conference, attendees will:

  • Understand how modern residual flea control products can eliminate a premises infestation
  • Appreciate the benefits of a flea product that has a rapid residual speed of kill
  • Have a better understanding of the cat flea-host association and inter-host flea movement
  • Appreciate the importance of flea colony gender structure and how it relates to the clinical success of a flea control program

Michael Dryden, DVM, PhD, is a University Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Parasitology in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University. He received his DVM from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984, spent 2.5 years in private practice and then received his MS and PhD in veterinary parasitology from Purdue University. Dryden is the author or co-author of more than 100 journal articles, 8 book chapters, and over 90 presentations at scientific meetings. He has lectured in 22 countries, presenting more than 750 invited seminars at national and international meetings. Current research efforts are directed toward flea and tick biology and control and diagnosis and control of gastrointestinal parasites. Dryden has earned numerous teaching, research, and service award.

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