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Flea treatment for cats and dogs

May 21, 2012

Not many people realise quite how serious a problem fleas can be for your beloved pet. The most obvious problem is skin irritation and this can be quite severe, particularly in pets that are allergic to flea bites. As always prevention is better than cure. In most cases by the time you see fleas on your animals you may already have a flea infestation in your house.

To prevent a build up of fleas in the environment it is essential that the flea treatment kills ALL adult fleas on the animal quickly before they have time to lay eggs. It is important to treat all animals in the household at the same time to break the flea life cycle. With heavy burdens it will probably be necessary to treat the environment as well. The ideal flea treatment should also have long lasting action, be easy to apply and be non-toxic to both animals and humans.

There are a wide range of flea treatments available such as pour ons, tablets, collars, sprays, shampoos and powders. Some of these items which are not purchased through a Veterinary Clinic may contain toxic properties of organpophosphates or permethrin.

 

At Matamata Veterinary Services we stock safe and effective quality products. The names and features of these products are:

 

  • Revolution

 
 

 
 
Covers: Cats and dogs

Lasts: One month

Pack Sizes: 3 and 6 packs

Treats: Fleas, Flea larvae, Worms – excluding Tapeworm and Ear Mites

Age: 6 weeks in dogs and 8 weeks in cats

Additional:Use in conjunction with a worming tablet every 6 months–1 year

 

  • Comfortis

Covers: Cats and dogs

Lasts: One month

Pack sizes: 6 Packs only

Treats: Fleas only

Age: From 14 weeks

Additional: Treats fleas very fast. Ideal for the control of flea allergy dermatitis

 

  • Broadline

Covers: Cats Only

Lasts: 4–6 weeks

Pack sizes: Individual and 3 packs

Treats: Fleas, Ticks and Worms – Including Tapeworm

Age: From 8 weeks

Additional:Recommended to be used every 3–6 months in conjunction with a separate flea/worm treatment

 

  • NexGard Spectra

Covers: Dogs only

Lasts: One month

Pack sizes:Individual only

Treats: Fleas, Ticks, Roundworms, Hookworms and Whipworms

Age: From 8 weeks

Additional: Soft beef-flavoured chewable tablets, can be used off label on pregnant or lactating bitches

 

  • Advocate

 
 

 
 
Covers: Cats and dogs

Lasts: One Month

Pack sizes: 3 and 6 packs

Treats: Fleas, Flea Larvae, Worms – excluding Tapeworm, Lung worm, Ear Mites, Sarcoptic and Demodectic Mange and Lice

Age: Dogs – 7 weeks old; Cats – 9 weeks old

Additional: Can be used off label on Hedgehogs

 

  • Advantage

 
 

 
 
Covers: Cats and dogs

Lasts: One month

Pack sizes: 4 packs only

Treats: Fleas and larvae

Age: Puppies and kittens from one day old

Additional: Safe to use on pregnant or lactating bitches or queens

 

  • Seresto

Covers: Cats and dogs

Lasts: 8 months

Pack size: One collar lasting 8 months

Treats: Fleas and ticks

Age: Dogs – 7 weeks old; Cats – 10 weeks old

Additional: This is a collar. Water resistant

 

  • Bravecto Cats

 
 

 
 
Covers: Cats

Lasts: 3 Months

Pack Size: Singles only

Treats: Fleas, ticks, ear mites, roundworm and lungworm

Age: 9 weeks of age and over 1.2kg

Additional: The safety has not been established during pregnancy and lactation

 
 

  • Bravecto Dogs

 
 

 
 
Covers: Dogs

Lasts: 3 months (chewable) & 6 months (topical)

Pack Size: Singles only

Treats: Fleas, ticks & mites

Age: 8 weeks of age and over 2kg

Additional: Safe for use in pregnant and lactating bitches.

 

  • Activyl

Covers: Cats and Dogs

Lasts: One Month

Pack Size: Singles

Treats:  Fleas Only

Age:  Dogs – 8 weeks of age and over 1.5 Kg; Cats – 8 weeks of age and over 0.6 Kg

Additional: Not tested in pregnant, lactating and breeding bitches