Best 10 Flea Treatments for Dogs and Cats

The weather is warming up and the days are getting longer. While we might welcome the perks of the season, it's important to remember that we aren't the only ones enjoying the weather. Fleas and other pests are coming out of hiding, which means it's important you make sure that your pet is protected. Find the right solution for your pet with this list of the top flea treatments and medications.

1. Seresto™ Flea & Tick Collar for Cats & Dogs

Seresto collars provide continuous protection without requiring the same vigilance as topical and oral treatments, which often require monthly application. Instead, these collars offer protection from pests for up to 8 months for an easy and affordable flea solution. Similar to other treatments, several collars exist with various formulas that cater either to cats or to dogs.

2. Advantage® II for Dogs & Cats

Another topical treatment, Advantage II protects cats or dogs from fleas and lice. This medication uses the pesticides imidacloprid and pyriproxyfen to kill and repel pests. This treatment is widely celebrated for its fast-acting flea control that kills adult fleas within 12 hours of the first application. This treatment, like Frontline Plus, comes in formulations for dogs and cats of various weights.

3. FRONTLINE® Plus for Dogs & Cats

This topical formula works to repel fleas and other pests for a full 30 days. By using the pesticides fipronil and s-methoprene, this formula works to comprehensively eliminate all fleas on your dog or cat. This treatment kills all life stages of fleas on your pet and prevents reinfestation for a full 30 days. Fans of the preventive boast that the treatment is easy to use and, because it is waterproof, that it remains effective for the full 30-day period. This medication is ideal for households with both cats and dogs, as some topicals for dogs may contain insecticides that are dangerous to cats.

4. K9 Advantix ii for Dogs

K9 Advantix II is a popular flea and tick treatment for dogs. Widely considered to be one of the best flea medications for dogs, K9 Advantix II contains the active ingredients imidacloprid, permethrin, and pyriproxyfen (insect growth regulator), which work in conjunction to eliminate live infestations as well as prevent future outbreaks by targeting unhatched flea eggs. K9 Advantix II is also effective in repelling mosquitos, heartworms.biting flies, and lice.

5. Preventic Collar for Dogs by Virbac

The Preventic Tick Collar is tick collar that can be easily put on dogs, and is effective for up to 90 days. Unlike topical solutions that claim to be waterproof with certain limitations, Preventic collars maintain their effectiveness regardless of how much water contact has been made. Used by dog owners for over 25 years, Preventic Tick Collars are still a leading tick treatment for dogs around the world.

6. Capstar® Flea Control for Dogs & Cats

Topicals aren't for everyone and sometimes they can irritate your pet's skin. For customers who prefer a treatment in tablet form, Capstar Flea Control offers a variety of formulas for dogs and cats of different weights. This pill works to kill fleas and can be used safely in conjunction with popular preventives to ward off future infestation. This medication also has the added benefit of being safe for cats and dogs that are pregnant or nursing.

7. Effix for Dogs

Effitix is another popular monthly topical flea and tick treatment solution for dogs.Utilizing the active ingredients fipronil and permethrin, Effitix begins repelling ticks in as little as 10 minutes after application, and starts elliminating live fleas within 6 hours. In addition, Effitix is also effective in repelling sarcoptic lice, mosquitos, lice, and biting flies. An effective flea trreatment for dogs, Effitix is a popular choice of flea medicine used by owners to repel and prevent a wide variety of insects and parasites.

8. FRONTLINE Flea Spray for Dogs & Cats

Yet another form of protection from fleas is a spray to kill and repel fleas from cats, dogs, and their environment. This spray has the advantage of being a one-size-fits-all solution for any household with both cats and dogs. Additionally, this spray is safe for younger pets such as kittens and puppies. Like its topical counterpart, it is also water-resistant to ensure that it remains effective even in the rain. What really sets this solution apart is it's unique formulation, which is free of toxic insecticides that can cause side effects in sensitive pets.

9. Sentry Fiproguard For Cats

Sentry Fiproguard is a popular alternative flea treatment to Frontline Top Spot. Fiproguard utilizes the active ingredient fipronil, the #1 veterinarian-recommended ingredient for topical preventatives, in both their cat and dog topical formulas. A particularly economical solution for owners who own a large number of pets, Sentry Fiproguard is a low cost alternative to providing basic protection for both cats and dogs against flea, tick and chewing lice, and the wide range of diseases they carry. Fiproguard is also waterproof and will not lose its effectiveness due to exposure.

10. Flea Away® for Dogs and Cats

Another treatment in the form of a chewable tablet, Flea Away is unique in its reliance on a vitamin complex to ward away pests. This unconventional treatment causes your pet to produce a discrete odor that wards away insects. The tablets work to repel fleas, ticks and mosquitoes before they can land on your pet and each chew features a palatable liver flavor that makes it easy to administer.

Which flea treatment is your favorite?

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