Best Tick and Flea Control for Dogs and Cats Chart | PetCareRx
Once your puppy is old enough, it’s important to start to ensure that he won’t be affected by fleas or ticks in the future. Many of the medications available and mentioned in the chart below are effective for preventing both fleas and ticks. Speak to your veterinarian about the best medication for your pet based on your location, the age and weight of your pet, and more.
Bathing your cat with ordinary cat shampoo (not medicated) can be an effective way of controlling fleas particularly if the bath lasts for a few minutes and is long enough to drown the fleas. It helps to have a helper looking out for fleas which will crawl to the cat's head. If your cat has short hair it might be possible to use a flea comb. I've not found them to be much good but maybe to get fleas off a cat's head they would work.
We also saw many positive reviews for an oral medication called (Est. $90 and up for six doses). Like Capstar, Comfortis works only on adult fleas, but its effects last a full month, so vets say it will continue to kill new fleas as they develop. Unlike Capstar, Comfortis is available only with a prescription from a vet, and it can only be given to pets at least 14 weeks old. There are many brands of medicated shampoos that kill fleas on contact. It is very effective in the short run and will kill all the adult fleas on the cat. Typically the fleas will run to the dry head of the cat and can be picked up. Alternatively a ring of wet sudsy shampoo can be made around the neck before the cat is immersed in water thus creating a barrier.These systemic medications appear to be quite safe but have not been around long enough for long term effects to be completely identified. Since they work by interrupting a process that is specific to the flea, usually preventing an enzyme or protein from being made they are very specific to fleas.Revolution is a safe and simple monthly topical medication used to protect your pet from heartworms, fleas, and ear mites. It also protects dogs from ticks and sarcoptic mange and cats from roundworms and hookworms. Revolution for Dogs and Cats requires a prescription from your veterinarian. (3 Pack = 3 doses which lasts 3 months.)After giving your dog Bravecto, the medication quickly reaches tissue fluids under your dog's skin. When fleas and ticks feed on your dog, they ingest Bravecto and die. Bravecto kills fleas, prevents flea infestations and kills ticks (black-legged tick (a.k.a. deer tick), American dog tick, and brown dog tick) for 12 weeks. Bravecto also kills lone star ticks for 8 weeks.NexGard contains a brand new ingredient not used in any other flea and tick protection. Afoxolaner, the ingredient in NexGard, works by absorbing rapidly and safely into your pet's bloodstream and causes uncontrolled activity the fleas' and ticks' central nervous systems, which causes death. Afoxolaner is slowly excreted through your pet's metabolism, which allows NexGard to continue to provide effective treatment for a full 30 days. This means amazing protection in a tasty morsel! NexGard is a prescription-only medication, so talk to your vet.