With so many different flea treatments for dogs available, why are collars so popular?
If you’ve got a dog, fleas are probably a constant worry. You regularly pick through his coat, you check your comb under a magnifying glass and you sometimes start to imagine every bit of stray black fluff is suddenly going to start jumping.
The fact is if you do find a flea, you know you’ve got a problem. Not only will it mean that you’ve got to spend the next few weeks constantly vacuuming, and washing everything in the house, but there’s also a risk that your dog will get flea tapeworms, flea allergy dermatitis or a secondary infection after scratching at bites.
If you’re a new dog owner, you’ll probably go to the pet shop and come away armed with every spray, tablet and dropper you can find. There are plenty of options around if you’re after flea treatments for dogs.
Types of flea treatments for your dog
However, these readily available tablets and sprays may not always be the best solution for keeping your pets safe from fleas. Treatments which are given by mouth to your dog require fleas to bite before they are affected, and sprays can be challenging as they need to be applied over the whole animal, wetting the coat.
Spot-on drops are a great way of keeping your dog protected against parasites – especially if you choose a brand like Advantage that kills fleas through contact. But much like tablets and sprays, you do need to remember to top them up regularly – usually every four weeks.
Seresto is a modern flea collar which offers the advantages of a spot-on without the need for top-up treatment – remaining effective for 8 months.
The Seresto flea collar for dogs kills fleas and ticks through simple contact for eight months. It’s water-resistant, odourless and looks just like a normal collar. Built using an innovative technology that slowly releases controlled doses of two different active ingredients, Seresto makes sure your dog stays protected.
How does the Seresto flea collar work?
Seresto flea and tick collars work by gradually releasing a low dose of its active ingredients (imidacloprid and flumethrin), keeping your dog protected at all times. This release starts once the collar comes into contact with your dog’s skin or coat and as the active ingredients diffuse into the skin's natural lipid layer, killing fleas on dogs within 24 hours and preventing further infestation for 8 months.
There are plenty of other flea collars around, but none work quite like Seresto. Unlike other collars, Seresto kills fleas and repels and kills ticks through simple contact, which means the fleas and ticks don’t have to bite your pet before they’re affected. Seresto is an easy to put on and fuss-free treatment that offers protection that lasts for eight months, meaning there’s no need to remember any regular top-ups. The collar doesn’t smell (unlike flea collars in the past) and is water-resistant, offering protection against not only fleas, but also ticks for your pet, and peace of mind for you.
Find out more about how to use the Seresto flea collar for your dog on the Dogs page. Cat owners can also benefit from the Seresto flea collar, by providing any indoor or outdoor cats protection from fleas they may pick up from the outdoors or even from their fellow furry housemates.