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So let’s assume for a moment that you fit into the “I’ve already got a flea problem” category. If this is the case, the first order of business is to eliminate the adult fleas. A really good and effective adulticide for fleas is Capstar. Capstar is an oral pill that starts killing fleas within 30 minutes. You can give this product to both dogs and cats, it works very quickly, and it is relatively safe and inexpensive. The only downside? Capstar only kills adult fleas and it only stays active for 24 hours (just long enough to eliminate the fleas currently on your pet). So what about the eggs and larvae? And what will work for an extended period of time?
- Bravecto– comes in a pill form, takes care of fleas and ticks, and remains effective for three months
- Nexgard – comes in a pill form, takes care of fleas and ticks, remains effective for one month
- Sentinel– comes in a pill form, takes care of fleas (not ticks), includes heartworm medication, remains effective for one month
- Sentinel Spectrum– comes in a pill form, takes care of fleas (not ticks), includes heartworm medication, remains effective for one month
The only downside to the above listed products is that all four require a prescription from your veterinarian.
- Frontline Plus– for fleas and ticks on dogs and cats
- Advantage II– for fleas only on dogs and cats
- Advantix– for fleas and ticks on dogs only
- Advantage Multi– for fleas, intestinal worms, and prevention of heartworm disease in dogs and cats.
Rarely do these products seem to last four full weeks. I frequently suggest that clients apply Frontline Plus or Advantage II every two weeks, especially with tick or flea infestations. Your veterinarian may also suggest more frequent application of topical flea products if you have a pet with a flea allergy.
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