Nothing sends people off to the Vet – or Pet store faster than finding one of these blood sucking, jumping parasites on their pet.
But to get rid of these nasty invaders – you’ll need a product – and a plan that works.
The Aim of the Game – Attack young and old.
With Spring finally here – there’s a very real possibility your home and yard will soon be invaded by these unwanted pesky parasites. And if you haven’t already started a flea crackdown program, chances are you soon will. That’s because the millions of flea eggs lying around your yard and yes – probably in your home will soon hatch, grow up and start biting.
So what product is best?
The answer to that is – it depends.
- Whether you’re already using a monthly combination product that contains a Flea control ingredient – one that kills the adult fleas as well as attacks the emerging babes
- Your pets’ environment and lifestyle – indoors / outdoors or both
- The quality of the product
If you’re already applying any of these products to your pet’s skin on a monthly basis, then your pet is protected from Fleas for a full month after application.
|Product||Adult Fleas||Flea Larvae||Ticks||Heartworm||Intestinal Worms||Notes|
|Advantage||Yes||Yes||No||No||No||Available in 4 and 6 Month packs. Dog and Cat Formulas..|
|Frontline||Yes||Yes||Yes*||No||No||For Paralysis Ticks Needs fortnightly application. 3 Month pack. Dog and Cat Formulas|
|Advocate||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Partly (All except for Tapeworm)||Available in 3 and 6 Month Packs. Dog only|
|Revolution||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Dogs – No Cats Yes||Available in 3 and 6 Month Packs. Dog and Cat Formulas.|
|Advantix||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||Warning: Dogs only.Never use on Cats. For Paralysis Ticks apply Fortnightly|
These products also work on the flea larvae (the little wrigglers that turn into adult fleas). They die after feeding off your pet’s skin cells which are continually shedded around the home and yard. This is what’s often referred to as “breaking the flea life cycle” – prevent the juveniles from turning into adults.
Tablets and Chews
Some people have an aversion to spotton products because they’re still mystified as to how they actually work. Truth is though – spotton products work extremely well. The solution is absorbed into, then distributed throughout the outer layers of skin all over the body within 24 hours. Bingo! A protective coat of armour against invaders that also kills on contact.
For those non believers in spotton products – there’s the edible variety. However not all popular chews and tablets will kill Adult Fleas. Here’s a list of some popular antiparasitics and what they do.
|Product||Adult Fleas||Notes||Pack Size|
|Interceptor Spectrum||No||Given Monthly. No Flea control component.Dog only. Heartworm Yes. Intestinal worms. Yes||3 and 6 Month Packs|
|Sentinel Spectrum||No*||Given Monthly. *Prevents Flea eggs from hatching once adult flea has jumped on your pet. Heartworm. Yes. Intestinal worms. Yes. Suggest using Capstar, Advantage or Frontline in combination with this product to get rid of Adult Fleas.||3 and 6 Month Packs|
|Capstar||Yes||Given as needed when adult fleas are evident on your pet. Fleas only.||6 Tablet Pack|
|Comfortis||Yes||Given Monthly. Fleas only.||6 Month Pack|
All of these products have been through rigorous testing and are proven to be safe and effective.
What about Flea Shampoos?
Flea shampoos will kill fleas on your pet but have very little residual value. Once the smell of Eucalyptus or the like has faded they’ll soon be back and biting.
There are of course many other Flea products on the market and we certainly can’t list let alone recommend them all. As with anything – some will work better than others. Our recommendation is read the pack carefully and preferably seek professional advice. It’s important that the product you choose is safe, tailored to your pets’ lifestyle and environment and effective against these Flea lifestages. (Eggs, Larvae and Adults)
Do’s and Don’ts
- Do – Carefully read the instructions and use only on the species and ages as recommended.
- Don’t – Split tablets or share pipettes amongst more than one animal. Each tablet or vial is carefully calculated for a specific weight. Splitting the tablet or vial won’t guarantee equal distribution of the active ingredients so they may not work at all.
- Do – Buy the right pack size for your pet.
Want something Natural? Chemical Free?
What about Shoo Tag. Safe, Chemical Free Flea and Tick Preventative,