What is the right flea preventative for my pet?
I get this question all the time. I recommend using a flea preventative prescribed by your veterinarian. The most commonly used preventatives are in the isoxazoline class, but this might not be the best one for your pet.
Preventatives are not “one size fits all”. The right flea preventative is the one you and your vet have discussed that is appropriate for your pet.
Choosing the right product will depend on the species (cat vs dog), age of the pet, breed, lifestyle and any underlying medical conditions or medications your pet may be receiving that could interact with the preventative. Use caution if you have a kitten or puppy, as certain products can only be used after a certain age, also careful with older, pregnant, and nursing pets.
Flea preventatives prescribed by a veterinarian are safer nowadays. I know there are pet owners that will disagree with me on this, but if you had a pet more than 40 years ago, you had to resort to sprays, dips, powders, and shampoos that had no residual activity. Meaning within just a few days the pet was back to having fleas and the problems associated with them. These products were harsh smelling, messy to deal with and even toxic. As we understood more and more about fleas and their life cycle better products were created that targeted the adult flea and its life stages, and here arose topical flea preventatives and now oral flea products with fast action and longer activity.
There are certain areas of the United States that have fleas year-round and it is important for pets to be on flea prevention, even if they live indoors. Fleas carry parasites that can not only make your pet sick, but also make you sick. Talk to your veterinarian about what is the right flea preventative for your pet.
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