Frontline Plus (fipronil/(s)methoprene): Cats and Dogs 8 weeks or older
Frontline Plus is our topical flea/tick preventative of choice. It kills ticks, fleas, flea larvae, flea eggs, ticks, chewing lice, and aids in the prevention of sarcoptic mange. Frontline Plus is applied directly to the skin of the neck/shoulder blades every 30 days. It collects in the skin's oils and hair follicles and acts on the flea/tick by disrupting the passage of chloride channels in the flea/tick GABA receptors which stimulates the flea/tick's central nervous system activity resulting in the death of the flea/tick. It is very important not to bathe your cat or dog for 3 days prior to and after application for the product to be effective.
Seresto (imidocloprid/flumethrin): Cats and dogs 8 weeks or older
Seresto is our collar flea/tick preventative of choice. Unlike the collars of years past, the Seresto collar is safe and effective, does not smell, and leaves no residue. Seresto kills fleas, flea larvae, and ticks. Once applied, the collar is effective for 8 months unless your dog is an avid swimmer; then it is only effective for 5 months. Seresto works by acting on the nicotinic AcH receptors of the flea/tick causing paralysis of the flea/tick, then death. The active ingredients of the collar move from higher to lower concentration (neck to tail) via sustained release, allowing for a constant steady state to be present in the skin. Your dog or cat should not be bathed more than once a month for this collar to work at maximum effectiveness.
Nexgard (afoxolaner): Dogs only, 8 weeks or older
Nexgard is our oral flea/tick preventative of choice. The active ingredient is a synthetic compound that was modeled after a compound that sea sponges emit to ward off their enemies. It kills adult fleas and ticks by blocking the chloride channels in the flea/tick GABA receptors (at a different level than Frontline Plus) resulting in excitation of the flea/tick's central nervous system resulting in the death of the flea/tick. Nexgard is a braised beef flavored chewable tablet that is given orally every 30 days. The most common side effects are vomiting and diarrhea, but the incidence of side effects are very low. Nexgard should not be given to dogs with a history of seizures.
Please call us to discuss flea and tick control and we can help you decide which preventative is the best choice for you and your pet.