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Trifexis
Kills Fleas X mark checkmark
Repels Fleas X mark X mark
Kills Flea eggs and Larvae Breaks the flea cycle checkmark
Kills Ticks X mark X mark
Repels Ticks X mark X mark
Kills and/or Repels Mosquitoes X mark X mark
Prevents Heartworm X mark checkmark
Other Parasites Information X mark Treats and controls hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms infections.
Waterproof (shampooing once a week can reduce effectiveness) Not Applicable N/A
Safe for pregnant or nursing Pets checkmark Consult your veterinarian
How long does it take to work Starts working immediately to stop the reproduction of adult fleas. Starts to kill fleas within 30 minutes; kills 100% of fleas within 4 hours.
Taste Unflavored liquid Beef Flavor
Active Ingredient(s) Lufenuron Spinosad/Milbemycin Oxime
RX Required X mark checkmark
Dosage
Usage Program Usage Trifexis Usage
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Vet Review Because of the difficulty for some clients in getting their cats to take pills, the development of this flavorable suspension to mix easily with their wet food has made compliance and efficacy of flea control a lot easier.  Getting felines to take medication can always be a challenge.  When not accepted in food, many clients have found mixing in various tuna or clam juices, oil, broth, gravy or sardines another way of administering this and other medications. As mentioned in my product review on program tablets, this product works best when given with meals for maximal absorption as well as before fleas are firmly established on the pet and in the home. It works by preventing development of flea eggs and larvae by in essence sterilizing the adult fleas who happen to bite the animal.  The product does not kill existing adult fleas and must be combined with other products like Capstar or topical Advantage or Frontline in pets with active flea populations.  I find it works best as a preventative before flea season.  Many clients will chose to use this and other flea products year round due to the warming of the climate and the unpredictability of the flea season.  I give this product an overall rating of a 4 with an ease of use and taste a 5 and efficacy a 4. An exciting and brand new product now available combines the main ingredient of Interceptor milbemycin with a powerful flea insecticide known as spinosad.  Given as a once monthly heartworm preventative, this product also will control and prevent whipworms, hookworms and roundworms, in addition to preventing heartworms. The additional ingredient spinosad allows effective flea and these internal parasite control all in one pill,  making it quite convenient for clients.  As with any pesticide rare digestive tract and neurological side effects may occur but this has not been a major problem in clinical trials. Since it is relatively new I will have to see how this product performs on the fleas but it seems to have excellent potential. I give this product an overall rating of a 5 with an ease of administration a 5 as well, taste a 5.
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