Two Very Important Flea Control Considerations
When you are comparing and contrasting flea control you will want to consider price and how you would like to administer
the med. 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 up to one month.
Another consideration to think about when choosing either flea control or heartworm prevention is wether or not
your choice is for dogs only. Never give a "dog's only" product to your cat, the reason for this
is that a cat's physiology is different from a dog's and some ingredients that are safe for dogs can actually be harmful to cats.
If it is a flea pill you are considering then simply do not give it to your
cat, however, if it is a topical and you have a cat in your household, things may not be quite that simple. This is because if
you use a dogs only topical and your cat licks or plays with your dog they may come into contact with the med and have
adverse reactions. For our own pets, we do not use topicals with ingredients harmful to cats for this very reason.