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Cat Fleas: Treatment Options
If you see fleas on your dog or cat, you are most likely seeing the cat flea, which is the most common species of flea in the United States. There are a number of treatment options for the cat flea that you can use to control the cat flea on your pet. Learning about the different options will help you decide on the best product to control the cat flea on your dog or cat.
Spot-on treatments for the cat flea
There are several effective topical products to kill cat fleas on your pet. For use on dogs only, K9 Advantix II kills and repels all stages of the cat flea life cycle: the adult cat flea, cat flea eggs, and cat flea larvae, and also kills and repels ticks and mosquitoes. For use on dogs or cats, Advantage II is also effective in killing all stages of the cat flea life cycle, but does not treat ticks. Frontline Plus for cats or dogs kills all stages of the cat flea life cycle, and also kills ticks.
Oral medications for the cat flea
Program is an over-the-counter oral medication that prevents the development of cat flea eggs, but does not kill adult cat fleas. Give your dog or cat a Program tablet once a month to control cat fleas by disrupting the life cycle of the cat flea. To kill adult cat fleas, you can use Capstar Flea Tablets. Capstar is an unflavored tabled that begins killing adult cat fleas within 30 minutes. Because the effect of Capstar on cat fleas lasts only for 24 hours, continue with a monthly tablet of Program for total control of cat fleas on your pet.
For your dog, you can also consider the prescription product Comfortis, which is a chewable tablet that controls cat flea infestations on your dog for a full month. Comfortis begins killing the cat flea within 30 minutes.
Other options to treat the cat flea
If you prefer to use a flea collar to control cat fleas, the Scalibor Protector Band for Dogs is a flea and tick collar that controls the cat flea on your dog for up to six months. If you are looking for a gentle way to control the cat flea, you may choose a flea shampoo such as Be Flea Free Shampoo or spray for dogs. Both the spray and the shampoo contain natural ingredients to gently kill cat fleas on your dog.
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