8 Tick Preventatives You Should Know About

If you’re a caregiver in the state of Wisconsin you have likely been informed about flea and tick preventative at some point.  Maybe you’ve seen a commercial for one, or come across another on the shelf at the Wal-mart, or even shopped for them online, but do you really know which one is best for your pet?

Last time we talked, we discussed the different diseases that ticks can carry, and why preventative is so important.  tick-ducation-101  With this week’s blog we are going to break down some of the most common flea and tick products out in today’s industry.  Some are classics and some are up and coming.  What you will not find in this blog is a ranking system.  We simply hope that this information will help steer you towards a product that will work best FOR YOUR PET!  Every dog and every cat has a different lifestyle and a different need.  Does your dog like to swim?  Does your cat hate taking pills?  Does your dog have sensitive skin?  Do you forget to give preventatives when you’re supposed to?  No shame in admitting that.  All of these questions can be a factor in to which preventative you choose.  So, without further ado, we present the stars of this week’s blog.




Frontline Gold

Parasites covered: Adult fleas, flea eggs and larvae, ticks, and chewing lice

Starting age: 8 weeks old and 5 lbs.

How often: Monthly

Pros: Starts acting quickly, water resistant, can be used in pregnant/lactating females

Cons: Can cause skin irritation, potential human exposure

K9 Advantix II

Parasites covered: Fleas, ticks, biting flies, chewing lice, mosquitoes

Starting age: 7 weeks and 4 lbs.

How often: Monthly

Pros: Contains a repellant, kills within 12 hours, waterproof

Cons: Toxic to cats, can cause skin irritation, potential human exposure

Vectra 3D

Parasites covered: Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, biting flies, sand flies, lice, and most mites

Starting age: 8 weeks and 2.5 lbs.

How often: Monthly

Pros: Contains a repellent, water resistant

Cons: Can cause skin irritation, potential human exposure

Advantage II

Parasites covered: Fleas

Starting age: 7 weeks old and 3 lbs. in dogs, 8 weeks old and 2 lbs. in cats

How often: Monthly

Pros: Waterproof, do not need to bitten to be effective

Cons: Can cause skin irritation





Type of product: Dogs: Chewable Cats: Topical

Parasites covered: Fleas and ticks

Starting age: 6 months old and 4.4lbs in dogs and 6 months old and 2.6 lbs. in cats

How often: Every 3 months

Pros: Less doses needed, flavored(chew), approved in pregnant and lactating dogs, waterproof

Cons: Need to be bitten to work, can cause GI upset



Parasites covered: Fleas and ticks

Starting age: 6 months old

How often: Monthly

Pros: Lasts 35 days, flavored

Cons: Can have neurologic side effects


Parasites covered: Adult fleas and ticks

Starting age: 8 weeks and at least 4lbs

How often: Monthly

Pros: Flavored, waterproof, kills within 24 hours

Cons: Use with caution in dog’s with a known seizure history, need to be bitten to work




Type of product: Collar

Parasites covered: Fleas, ticks, Sarcoptic Mange, chewing lice

Starting age: 7 weeks

How often: every 8 months

Pros: Bite not needed, water resistant

Cons: Can cause skin irritation, needs skin contact to work


The information you just read, as well as the pictures of the products, came directly from each product’s website.  Feel free to check them out for more information.  If there is a product that you wish to learn more about we encourage you to talk to your veterinarian.  They will work with you to help determine which preventative would fit best into your lifestyle.  They might even be able to get you the inside scoop on the different products.  You know, the information that you can’t find on the product’s websites.

*One point that we need to emphasize is NEVER USE DOG FLEA AND TICK PRODUCTS ON CATS!  Some ingredients in your dog’s product may be toxic, and in some cases, can be fatal to your cat.  When choosing a product it is very important to make sure it is manufactured and labeled for your pet.  If not, you might be paying us a visit.*

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