New Options in Flea Control Coming to Market!
At PBVC, we have always preached that the best way to avoid the cost of an expensive flea allergy visit is to keep your pet on monthly flea preventative all year long! There is no real winter in San Diego. That’s why we love to live here!! That is also why San Diego is home to the SUPER FLEA. Our practice has seen massive flea resistance to Frontline and Advantage that have historically been effective. We simply cannot recommend any OTC products as they are all variations of Frontline (generic versions) or they are poisons (permethrin).
Our current recommendation is that all dogs be on one of the following protocols:
- Bravecto - A chewable that terminates adult fleas, helps treat and prevent flea infestations and helps treat and control tick infestations. Best of all, each chew is flavored, so your dog will actually look forward to taking his medication for a change. Bravecto also comes in a topical solution for dogs and cats.
- Simparic Trio - Protects dogs against heartworm disease, ticks & fleas, roundworms & bookworms. Demonstrated safe for puppies as young as 8 weeks old, weighing at least 2.8 lbs. Tasty chewable that you only need to give once a month. FDA-approved and available with a vet’s prescription.
Recommendation for cats:
- Revolution PLUS - REVOLUTION PLUS broadens the scope of protection for cats and kittens, inside and out, against fleas, ticks, ear mites, roundworms, hookworms, and heartworms.
If you have any other questions about flea and heartworm control, do not hesitate to call us or email us and we are glad to provide you with further information on details or pricing.
FINAL FACTOID on this issue: Like anything in life, you get what you pay for. It is quite true that there are lots of OTC products that claim to be effective. All you have to do is walk up the aisle at Petco/Petsmart or Costco and find products for sale claiming to be cheaper and better. HOWEVER, be aware that our experience in the hostile flea environment of PB, is that most of these cheaper products do not work. Buyer beware.
All the products sold here at Pacific Beach Veterinary Clinic are GUARANTEED or your money back from the manufacturer. For any reason!!! If you don’t like how your dog acts on a product. Feel it doesn’t work. ANYTHING…we can get a full refund from the company and get you on something you and your dog like!