Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fight Fleas

As pet owners, it is our responsibility to look after our pet's health and wellbeing - that includes protecting them from parasites. Fleas are the main culprit that cause itching and irritation in our pets. The best way to fight these fleas is to prevent them in the first place! At CanadaVet.com we believe that monthly flea preventative treatments are your long term answer to beating fleas.
Monthly Spot-on Flea Preventative Options
It's easy to get lost in the plethora of fleas products available on the market; so at CanadaVet.com we have created this list of our top 5 most effective topical flea preventatives. These products are spot-on treatments that are applied directly to your pet's coat -where fleas reside. You can use this guide to determine the flea preventative that is most suited to your pet's lifestyle. 

Advantage
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cats, dogs, rabbits & ferrets
Advantage has rapid action, killing 100% of your cat or dog's fleas within one hour. It has environmental parasiticidal activity; so Advantage crystals fall from the pet's coat into their surroundings, killing flea larvae, which in turn, reduces the chance of reinfestation. Advantage is waterproof, so your pets will remain protected from fleas; no matter what they get up to.


K9 Advantix
- parasite protection dogs only
K9 Advantix is a great option for owners who wish to prevent a range of parasites with a single monthly treatment. K9 Advantix kills fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, sand flies, biting as well as sucking lice, and repels stable flies. It's the perfect solution for pets that spend a lot of time outdoors. Note: K9 Advantix contains an ingredient which is highly toxic to cats; so it should not be used where cats and dogs socialise.


Advocate (Advantage Multi)
- combats fleas & worms
Advocate is a multi-purpose product that combines imidacloprid (Advantage) with moxidectin so it not only kills fleas; but prevents heartworm, hookworm and roundworm in both cats and dogs. Advocate also controls lice and ear mites in cats and prevents whipworm in dogs. It eliminates the need to use a separate monthly flea and heartworm preventative.


Frontline Plus
- controls flea infestations
Frontline Plus controls fleas at every stage of the parasite's life cycle on both cats and dogs. It contains an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) which prevents the development of flea eggs, larvae and pupae produced by adult fleas, for up to 6 weeks after application. It further prevents re-infestations of newly acquired adult fleas for at least one month after treatment. It prevents ticks and treats biting lice on cats.


Revolution 
- fleas, heartworm & ear mites 
Revolution is a great flea preventative; plus is prevents heartworm and ear mites on cats and dogs. Additionally, Revolution also treats intestinal worms in cats including hookworm and roundworm. In dogs, Revolution prevents American Dog Ticks and treats sarcoptic mange. Revolution also eliminates the need to use separate monthly flea and heartworm preventatives.

The team at CanadaVet.com hope this guide enables you to make an informed decision about the flea preventative treatment that will work the best for you and your pet this season!

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