Flea treatment: Benefits of oral flea treatments

Flea treatment

Fleas have been around for thousands of years.  Until recently, topical products were the treatment of choice.  We now have a great arsenal of effective oral flea treatments to kill and prevent infestations.  Dr. Anna Coffin will describe these new oral flea treatments and why they are better than topical treatments.[Tweet “We now have a great arsenal of effective oral flea treatment”]

Capstar:  This flea treatment is a tablet that starts killing fleas in 30 minutes, and all fleas will be dead within 4 hours.  It is safe for puppies and kittens four weeks and older.  However, animals must weigh over two pounds.  Capstar is also safe for pregnant or nursing animals.  It must be given daily.

Comfortis:  This flea treatment is a chewable, flavored tablet that starts killing fleas in 30 minutes, and all fleas will be dead within four hours.  It is safe for puppies and kittens fourteen weeks and older.  Puppies must weigh more than three pounds, and kittens must weight more than two pounds.  No studies have been performed on the safety in pregnant and nursing animals.  Comfortis should be used with caution in animals with seizures.  Comfortis works for a full thirty days.

Nexgard:  This flea treatment is a chewable treat that kills 100% of fleas and ticks within 24 hours.  It is safe for puppies six weeks and older and weighing more than four pounds.  No studies have been performed on the safety in pregnant and nursing animals.  If your dog has a history of seizures, use with caution. Nexgard works for a full thirty days.  This product is not approved for use in cats.

Bravecto:  This flea treatment is a chewable treat that starts killing fleas in two hours and ticks in twelve hours.  It is safe for puppies six months and older and weighing more than four pounds.  It is safe for pregnant and nursing animals.  Bravecto works for three months.  This product is not approved for use in cats.

Benefits of oral flea treatment:

  1. More effective:  Oral flea treatment is almost 100% effective while topical products are only about 88% effective
  2. No messy residue
  3. Convenient:  These oral medications are easy to give flavored tablets or treats.
  4. Don’t have to worry about bathing or getting wet:  Bathing or getting wet decrease the effectiveness of topical medication but not oral flea treatments.

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Dr. Anna was born and raised in Guthrie, Oklahoma. As a teenager, Dr. Anna found her beloved pet dead on the side of the road left to die without any help. That was the moment she decided to become a vet and vowed to help other people and their pets. After a few years of practicing in New Hampshire, Dr. Anna became homesick and decided to return to Guthrie to be with her parents and five other siblings. Family and friends are a major part of our lives which is why we treat our clients at Guthrie Pet Hospital as family.  Dr. Anna and her husband do not have children but are very proud pet parents and, therefore, treat every four-legged friend as part of the family.

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