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Seresto - Bio Spot Active Care Flea & Tick Collar For Dogs
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Bio Spot Active Care Flea & Tick Collar For Dogs
Seresto
Kills Fleas checkmark checkmark
Repels Fleas X mark checkmark
Kills Flea eggs and Larvae X mark checkmark
Kills Ticks checkmark checkmark
Repels Ticks X mark checkmark
Kills and/or Repels Mosquitoes X mark X mark
Prevents Heartworm X mark X mark
Other Parasites Information X mark Kills biting lice plus aids in the treatment & control of sarcoptic mange on dogs.
Waterproof (shampooing once a week can reduce effectiveness) checkmark checkmark
Safe for pregnant or nursing Pets Consult your veterinarian Consult veterinarian before use.
How long does it take to work Begins to work Immediately Kills fleas within 24 hours, and reinfesting fleas are killed in 2 hours. Reinfesting ticks are repelled and/or killed in 6 hours.
Taste Applied To Skin Collar
Active Ingredient(s) Propoxur/(S)-Methoprene Flumethrin, Imidacloprid
RX Required X mark X mark
Dosage
Usage Bio Spot Active Care Flea & Tick Collar For Dogs Usage Seresto Usage
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Vet Review While this product offers an economic alternative for killing/repelling  fleas and ticks for 5 months, as well as preventing the development of flea eggs into larvae and adults,  I have personally not found this product effective in my experience and opinion.  The clients I have spoken to who have been pleased with this product have found it more effective as a flea preventative, rather than once an infestation already exists, where other products such as topical front line or advantage would be preferred.  I have also seen that in some dogs local skin irritation and hives can occasionally occur in sensitive pets, which usually resolve once the collar is removed. I also have concern for cancer and neurological effects with exposure to any prolonged pesticides.  While it is a nice benefit that the collar works even when wet, because of my concerns about overall efficacy and safety, I do not recommend use of this product.  I give it an overall rating of a 2 with an efficacy a 2 and ease of use a 5. In recent years, the company Bayer has developed a revolutionary flea/tick collar for both dogs and cats that is highly effective, especially in flea control, as well as providing moderately effective tick control. The most exciting aspect of this product is that it provides BOTH repelling and killing of fleas and ticks for up to 8 months!! While it is somewhat expensive, it is actually cheaper than purchasing 8 months of Revolution, Advantage or Frontline. In many areas of the country, this protection will last the entire flea and tick season, by just properly applying the collar. Another major advantage over collars developed in prior years (i.e. Preventic collar) is that Seresto is water resistant, and can be worn with confidence, even by dogs who frequently swim. The collar also has no odor, as well as a powdery, soft feel, in addition to leaving no greasy topical residue, like many of the other topical flea and tick products available. The collar is safe if chewed and/or even eaten by the pet, which was a problem with the old Amitraz based collars such as the Preventic collar. The Bayer company has also made it radioopaque, in case an overzealous pet did ingest the collar, so as to allow radiographic tracing and/or location should it possibly get caught up in the intestinal tract. The collar also has unique technology, in that the release of the active ingredients is triggered by friction of the movement of the pet's hair and body heat. The cat collar even has a break-away apparatus to allow for the pet to safely detach from the collar should it get caught on something outside. The reflectors on the dog product also allow the dog to be seen during the hours of darkness. While the collar is very safe for most pets, I have occasionally and rarely seen reactions in sensitive, geriatric or chronically ill pets. These typically involve transient itching, redness and hair loss at the site of adherence to the skin. While most of the time this will resolve on its own in a week or two, occasionally pets will develop enough irritation where the collar may need to be removed. The major rare systemic reactions seen in sensitive pets are mild lethargy and decrease in energy, but even more rare is the development of neurological symptoms, including weakness and/or seizures. I don't recommend that it be used in pets with a history of seizures and/or neurological sensitivity or reactions. While it is amazing for killing and repelling all stages of the flea life cycle quite quickly, it can sometimes take up to several days for the maximal effects to be seen with tick control and prevention. I, therefore, give this product an overall rating of a 4 out of 5, with an ease of compliance and efficacy of a 4.5 out of 5.
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