Q: The spot-on I’ve been using for years on my dogs to stop fleas and ticks has failed. My veterinarian is suggesting I’ve somehow failed, but I’m not sure how this is my fault. No matter, he’s stuck on the idea that only one product works. What should I use on my dogs? — F.G., Navarre, FL
A: Veterinary parasitologist Dr. Michael Dryden, distinguished professor in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Manhattan, says that statistically, veterinary product failures are often human failures — either people forget to use the product or don’t use it as directed. In some cases, owners believe their dog swallowed a chewable when the pet actually spit it out or threw it up.
“It’s important to understand that veterinary (recommended) products do work, but the right product for your home may be dependent on where you live, and also your pets’ lifestyles,” Dryden says. “So, in fact, I bet you’re doing nothing wrong. In any case, there’s new technology available. Comfortis and Nexgard are monthly chewables, with excellent residual speed of kill, which is how rapid-fire the kill rate is even after the product was given some time ago. The same is true for Bravecto, also a chewable, which has the added bonus of giving the pet 12 weeks of protection.”
Dryden also likes Vectra 3D, a monthly spot on, which can potentially deter fleas and ticks from getting onto your pet in the first place, but kills them quickly if they do attach.
Feel free to show this column to your veterinarian. It’s exciting that there are so many flea/tick products available today.
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