Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Flea and Tick Topicals

It's Flea and Tick season again. We have a horrible winter in Wisconsin this year, it was below zero for weeks at a time and when it did ever warm up (above freezing) we got covered in snow so we just felt like it would never end. It's now April 30th and we've had several days of rain with high temperatures in the 40's and lows in the 20's so it seems like Spring will never come. Since the weather has been so strange this year I figured it would affect all of the bugs and I was very surprised to find a tick on my cat the other day so I immediately got out the topicals and treated all of my dogs and cats. The market for flea and tick treatment has exploded, there are tons of brands out there, different forms of treatments, and a large variety in the prices so I have found some comparison charts to help you decide what is best for you. I personally prefer to use products that have ingredients that control flea development because if your pet is ever exposed you want to protect them as much as possible. Since I have both dogs and cats I also only use products that are not toxic to one or the other. Since doing my research I have found that some topicals for dogs can be deadly to cats so please be careful!!


 
Different Brands of Topicals
 Kills Adult FleasControls Flea DevelopmentKills Ticks(Lyme Disease vectors)Repels & KillsMosquitoes(Heartworm, West Nile Virus carriers)DosageMinimum AgeActive Ingredients
K9 Advantix® IIYesYesYesYesMonthly7 wks or olderimidacloprid, permethrin, IGR pyriproxyfen
Frontline® PlusYesYesYesNoMonthly8 wks or olderfipronil, S-methoprene
Advantage® IIYesYesNoNoMonthly7 wks or olderimidacloprid, IGR pyriproxyfen
FiproGuardTM MAXYesNoYesNoMonthly12 wks or olderfipronil, cyphenothrin
FiproGuardTMYesNoYesNoMonthly8 wks or olderfipronil
Bio Spot® ACTIVE CARE SPOT ON®YesYesYesYesMonthly12 wks or olderetofenprox, IGR pyriproxyfen, S-methoprene, piperonyl butoxide, n-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide
PetArmor®YesNoYesNoMonthly8 wks or olderfipronil
Hartz First DefenseYesNoYesNoMonthly8 wks or olderfipronil
CertifectYesYesYesNoMonthly8 wks; at least 5lbsS-methoprene, amitraz
Virbac Pyrethrin DipYesNoYesYes7 days12 wks or olderpyrethrins, piperonyl butoxide, n-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide, di-n-propyl isocinchomeronate



Flea & Tick Collars
 Kills Adult FleasControls Flea DevelopmentKills Ticks(Lyme Disease vectors)Repels & KillsMosquitoes(Heartworm, West Nile Virus carriers)DosageMinimum AgeActive Ingredients
Seresto® Flea & Tick CollarsYesYesYesNoevery 8 months7 wks or olderararicide, flumethrin, imidacloprid
Preventic Tick CollarNoNoYesNoevery 3 months12 wks or olderamitraz
AdamsTM Plus Flea & Tick CollarYesYesYesNoup to every 5 months12 wks or olderpropoxur, S-methoprene
Sentry Pro Flea & Tick CollarYesYesYesNoup to every 6 months12 wks or olderpropoxur, phenothrin, n-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide, pyriproxyfen
Sentry Dual Action Flea & Tick Collar YesNoYesNoup to every 6 months12 wks or olderpropoxur, phenothrin, n-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide
Scalibor® Protector BandYesNoYesNoup to every 6 months12 wks or olderdeltamethrin
Spectra SHIELDTMFlea & Tick Collar Attached MedallionYesNoYesNoevery 4 months6 months or olderzetacypermethrin, piperonyl butoxide


Shampoos & Sprays
 Kills Adult FleasControls Flea DevelopmentKills Ticks(Lyme Disease vectors)Repels & KillsMosquitoes(Heartworm, West Nile Virus carriers)DosageMinimum AgeActive Ingredients
Frontline® SprayYesNoYesNomonthly8 wks or olderfipronil
Drs. Foster & Smith Advanced Formula Flea & Tick ShampooYesNoYesNo7 days12 wks or olderpyrethrins, piperonyl butoxide, n-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide,
Adams Plus Flea & Tick Spray and ShampooYesYesYesspray repelsspray protects up to 2 months; shampoo 7-10 days for adults, 28 days pre-adult12 weeks or olderSpray: etofenprox, S-methoprene, piperonyl butoxide. Shampoo: S-methoprene, piperonly butoxide
Bio Spot® ACTIVE CARE Flea and Tick Spray for DogsYesYesYesrepelsfrom 2 wks (new adults) to 2 months (re-infestation) 10 wks or olderetofenprox, S-methoprene, piperonly butoxide
Flys Off®MistYesNoYesrepelsevery 9 days12 wks or olderpyrethrins, piperonyl butoxide, n-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide, di-n-propyl isocinchomeronate
Vet's Best Natural Flea & Tick Spray and ShampooYesYes - spray onlyYesrepelsRepeat as necessary12 wks or olderpeppermint oil, clove extract, sodium lauryl sulfate
ResultixTM Tick Spray from BayerNoNoYesNoas often as neededall agesisopropyl myristate
Bio-Groom Flea & Tick Shampoo by Bio-DermYesNoYesNoweekly12 wks or olderpyrethrins, piperonyl butoxide, n-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide
FiproGuard Flea & Tick SprayYesNoYesNomonthly8 wks or olderfipronil
Virbac Ecto-Soothe®3X ShampooYesNoYesNo7 days12 wks or olderpyrethrins, piperonyl butoxide, n-octyl bicycloheptene dicarboximide


Oral Preventatives
 Kills Adult FleasControls Flea DevelopmentKills Ticks(Lyme Disease vectors)Repels & KillsMosquitoes(Heartworm, West Nile Virus carriers)DosageMinimum AgeActive Ingredients
Capstar® TabletsYesNoNoNoone time4 weeks & older; 2 lbsnitenpyram