Flea and Tick Products
Frontline (also known as TopSpot): This is a topical oil
that you can place on your dog or cat to kills fleas and ticks.
It is applied in a single spot, usually between the shoulder blades,
and it then automatically uses the bodies natural oils to spread
evenly over the pet. It is the most effective product I have found
to kill both fleas and ticks.
Pros: Kills fleas and ticks; relatively easy to apply.
Cons: Topical, so you have to have some concern with young children
(need to keep the children away from the application spot for a
day or so); cannot bathe the pet 2 days prior to or 2 days after
application. Not a repellant, so ticks will still attach before
they die. Designed to kill the tick before they can effectively
transfer things like Lyme Disease.
Advantage: This is a topical oil that you can place on your
dog or cat to kill fleas. Does not kill ticks. Applied the same
way as Frontline. I have found this to be extremely effective against
the fleas, more so in my experience than Frontline. If you do not
have a tick problem in your area, this is a great product. I use
this on nearly all of the cats.
Pros: Very effective in killing fleas quickly; relatively easy
to apply. No bathing restrictions.
Cons: Does not kill ticks. Topical, so you have to have some concern
with young children (need to keep the children away from the application
spot for a day or so).
As a flea control/preventive product, I give Advantage 3 paws.
Revolution: This is the newest anti-parasitic product that has come out. It has some
effectiveness against fleas, ticks, some internal parasites, heartworms in
both cats and dogs, sarcoptic mange, and ear mites. It is also a topical
that you can apply similar to the other products. We have now had enough
time to evaluate the product and it works quite well. It is very good for
use in pets that have multiple problems such as ear mites and fleas, and is
the easiest way to prevent heartworms in cats. So in many puppies and
kittens, this has become our first line of defense. I think we will find
this to be revolutionary (thus the name!!) in helping preventive the often
fatal heartworm disease, especially in our feline friends.
Pros: Effective against a lot of parasites; easy to apply.
Cons: Topical, so you have to keep the kids away from the area of
application on the first day.
I am very pleased with the results of this relatively new product, and give
it 3 Paws of Approval.