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. FRONTLINE® Plus
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.
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. Capstar® Flea Control
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.
4. Flea Away®
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.
5. 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.
6. FRONTLINE Flea Spray
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.
7. Natural Chemistry® Natural Flea & Tick Spray/Shampoo
For owners that are wary of chemicals and other artificial solutions to flea infestations, Natural Chemistry offers a line of products that are perfect for protecting your pet. Using a blend of botanical ingredients, these products repel a variety of pesky insects. Natural Chemistry offers several forms of protections, including sprays and shampoos.
8. Natural Chemistry De Flea Pet & Bedding Spray
For a solution that is not as comprehensively natural as other Natural Chemistry products, yet that still safely and effectively rids your pet and home of fleas- De Flea offers a powerful flea treatment. This product uses natural ingredients, among others, to kill fleas on contact. What's more is that De Flea products can also be used safely in conjunction with other flea medications and preventives for extra protection.
9. Fleabusters Rx for Fleas Plus®
This powdered flea treatment works to protect your home from various pests. Fleas and other insects can often lurk in your home as larva or eggs awaiting the day that repellents and medications expire or wear off. To stop the flea life cycle in its tracks, Fleabusters Rx clings to carpet fibers and works into fine crevices to attack any pests that may be hiding.
10. Advantage Yard & Premise Spray
Fleabusters Rx may rid the interior of your home of any unwanted pests- but the area surrounding your home requires a special touch. Advantage Yard & Premise Spray eradicates pests in a wide, outdoor area. This treatment is essential for owners that want to reclaim their yard and give their pet a space outdoors that is safe from the risk of infestation.
Which flea treatment is your favorite?