Confusion of what flea and tick product to use?

Dog in natureConfusion of what flea and tick product to use?  We can’t blame you.  With all the new products on the market it is a bit overwhelming.  The important thing however is that you use one of the products to protect your pet.

There are various product that repels and kill ticks and adult fleas while also controlling all immature stages of fleas.  Killing of the immature stages is especially important with a flea infestation. Believe it or not the adult fleas that you see on your pet only accounts for five percent of the flea problem.  The flea eggs, larvae and pupae that are deposited in your home prior to treatment account for 95% of the problem.  It will take several months of using product until all the immature eggs etc. are eliminated.  Only at that time will the infestation in your home be over.  Do not stop using the product prematurely or you will be back to square one before you know it.  If you have a multipet household all pets must be treated.

What is the difference between the topical vs the newer tablets?

A topical product like Vectra will protect your pet “against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other biting vectors.  Vectors are parasites that can transmit disease that can make your” pet very sick.   If you have a cat in the house as well please be sure to keep your dog and cat separated after applying the product to your dog.  Once the product is dry they can be as cozy with each other as they like.(the product is only toxic to cats if they ingest the liquid product.)   This product is water-resistant and available for both dogs and cats.  It begins working within two hours.

There are new tablets for dogs that also control fleas and ticks, given in a chew tablet.

Bravecto – a once every 12 week chew.  Kill’s adult fleas as well as the black legged tick, American dog tick, and brown dog tick for a 12 week duration.  Protection from the lone star tick will last for 8 weeks.   It is a tasty chew given once every 12 weeks.  This chew needs to be given with food.  This is a perfect product for someone who has a hard time remembering to use a once a month product.  It begins working within two hours.

NexGard- a once a month chewable is another excellent choice for a chewable tablet.  Perfect to give alongside your once a month heartworm protection tablet.  By giving both tablets at the same time you will be sure to remember.  This makes it effective and easy to use.  It will kills adult fleas as well as treatment and control of American Dog tick.  The other ticks are awaiting approval from the FDA and should occur shortly.   It can be given with or without food and begins working to kill flea 100% of live fleas within 24 hours.

Here is a great app you can download that is educational and will help you identify various ticks.  The app was created by the Cornell cooperative extension.  \

As always if you have any questions, please stop by or give us a call.