* Please Note: Above sample discounts are estimates based on prices as posted April 20, 2015 and subject to change without notice, please verify the current med cost before you buy.
Choosing A Product For Your Pet
Trying to decide what flea and heartworm medication to choose for your dog or cat these days can be kind of confusing. The factors to consider will vary according to you and your pet's needs. There are several things to consider, for instance do you want to use two different products, one for flea control and another for heartworm prevention, or would you rather find a product that will take care of both problems in one. Also, you will want to decide wether you would prefer to give a pill or treat the problem topically. You will also want to determine what other parasites you might like to address, for instance, Advantix helps repel mosquitoes too and Revolution flea and heartworm helps fight against ear mites. Cost of course is an important factor. And last but not least, you will also want to consider potential side effects, many flea and heartworm preventative medications do have them. We've put together some information here to help you examine the many options and to determine which product is just right for you and your pet. Today, there are many generic substitutes for some of the popular brand name meds like Frontline and Heartgard, but in general, different products are truly different from one another and results may vary accordingly. So, if you are searching for a new product you'll want to read through each profile carefully and discuss the pros and cons of each with your veterinarian. When you make a choice, we've found some great low discount prices on most.
Two Vital Considerations
At What Life Cycle Does It Kill The Flea?
When comparing and contrasting flea control you will want to consider price and how you would like to administer the product. However, the two most important considerations are often wether or not it is for dogs only, and at what particular life cycle of the flea does it do it's control.
Many shoppers don't realize that some popular flea products such as Sentinel and Program only kill fleas in the developing stages, they do not kill adult fleas. The Capstar flea pill kills adults but is only effective for 24 hours. For a long time this was a big dilemma when trying to decide between topical or flea pill varieties, as most topicals will kill adults and last up to one month. However, there are now two new flea pills, Comfortis and Trifexis, which will kill adult fleas for one month. There is also Bravecto, a chew which kills adult fleas for up to 12 weeks.
Is It For Dogs Only?
Heartworm Preventative Prescription Requirements
Many popular tick and flea control meds can be purchased without an rx including Frontline, Program and Capstar. However, most heartworm medication and combined flea, tick, and heartworm prevention products such as Heartguard, Advantage Multi, Revolution, Iverhart, Sentinel and Interceptor require a prescription. This is for the protection of your pet - so be wary of pharmacies that are willing to sell you such products without an rx from your veterinarian - if a prescription is normally required. Pharmacies willing to sell prescription items without the proper verifications may not be reputable. If a heart worm medication has already been given to your pet and they have unknowingly already contracted heartworms the med can actually do more harm than good. In most cases obtaining an rx should be as easy as asking your veterinarian.