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Flea Preventative Pills and Tablets

April 12, 2019 2 min read

It is easier to exterminate ticks and fleas from homes than to repair damages they leave behind. This is the major reason why it is essential for fleas to be placed on preventatives so as to cut short flea infestation. They also reduce the chances of your pets developing diseases such as Lyme disease, Skin Infections and cat scratch disease. Formerly people preferred to use topical flea preventatives as a method of keeping these parasites at bay, but now they choose Oral preventatives which are available everywhere.

Reasons why pills are picked over topical preventatives (K9 Advantix II and Frontline Plus)

Flea medications administered orally are almost hundred percent effective in getting rid of adult fleas. They are 11.5% more effective than topical treatments.

They are quite easy to administer which is very convenient. They don’t leave any dirt behind after applications. Oral preventatives are made into soft treats and bread-flavored tablets attractive and appetizing to pets. They chew it up without prodding or force, every month effectively keeping fleas away. Bravecto can protect a dog from ticks and fleas for twelve whole weeks.

Pet owners choose oral medications because each tablet comes with chemical compositions to prevent fleas, ticks, heartworms and tapeworms and other dangerous parasites. This method is cheaper because it beats the previous way of choosing several products to treat different infections. Some of the chewable are NexGard and Trifexis. Trifexis is the most popular because it is administered once a month and it averts hookworms, roundworms, whipworms and heartworms at once. NexGard is mostly for preventing tick infestation.

How to Choose the Suitable Oral Preventative for Pets

First, for any preventative method to work, you have to know everything about your pet and you have to know what ailment want to treat or prevent. If your pet does not have any threat of a tick infestation, then you can administer Trifexis to treat or prevent intestinal parasites, heartworms and fleas.

NexGard will prevent both ticks and fleas although you might still need to add another drug to prevent parasitic worms. Comfortis is administered especially in flea season to get rid of adult fleas without discontinuing worm treatment.

Every preventative should be administered with the approval of a Veterinarian. He or she will prescribe the right dosage for your pet and assist you in finding the best and most effective product.

What if the pet gets fleas after preventatives?

Oral preventatives only work on adult fleas. Other stages of fleas are not susceptible to these drugs. The eggs and larvae can fall off the animal into the house or in the yard thereby continuing the infestation. So when you are treating your pet, get rid of fleas from your home and surrounding also. Some of the ways you can control flea infestation is by using chemical sprays, powders and foggers.