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Flea, Tick, and Heartworm Overview

Flea, Tick, and Heartworm Preventatives

                At University Veterinary Hospital we carry the following flea, tick, and heartworm preventative products:

  • Advantage II topical (cats and dogs) – covers fleas for 1 month.
  • Advantage Multi topical (cats and dogs) – covers fleas, heartworm, some intestinal parasites for 1 month.
  • Frontline Plus topical (cats and dogs) – covers fleas and ticks for 1 month. Slower effect on fleas.
  • Seresto Flea Collars (cats and dogs) – covers fleas and ticks for up to 8 months.
  • Comfortis tablets (cats and dogs) – covers fleas for 1 month. Very fast effect on fleas.
  • Trifexis tablets (dogs) – covers fleas, heartworm, and some intestinal parasites for 1 month. Very fast effect on fleas
  • Heartgard tablets (dogs) – covers heartworm and some intestinal parasites for 1 month.
  • Capstar pills (cats and dogs) – very cost effective, covers fleas for 24 hours only (normally only used with severe infestations in addition to one of the above flea treatments). Very fast effect on fleas (1/2 hour)

Though we do carry several brands, there are still many more out there such as Revolution, Advantix, Sentinel, Interceptor, etc. We have put a lot of effort into carefully selecting what products to carry to ensure that any patient of ours has appropriate flea, tick, and heartworm protection depending on their lifestyle.

For cats, we don’t routinely prescribe a heartworm preventative, and tick prevention in this area isn’t always needed either. If your cat is indoors only we recommend either Comfortis, Seresto flea collars, or Advantage II. All of these will provide adequate protection (because even indoor cats can get fleas) but don’t go overboard. If your cat goes outdoors and ticks are a concern, for instance, if you live in the hills, then Frontline may be a better option. If your cat goes outdoors but ticks aren’t a concern in your area, then Advantage Multi or Comfortis would be a good choice for you since they both help prevent certain intestinal parasites.

Selecting a product for cats is much simpler than dogs since cats don’t tend to go camping, hiking, etc. For dogs that are mostly indoors or just in the owners own back yard, then Advantage II, Comfortis, or Seresto flea collars would all likely provide adequate coverage. If ticks are a concern, even in your back yard, then either using Frontline Plus or adding a Preventic collar in addition to a flea only treatment should work just fine. For dogs going hiking, camping, or to the dog park we strongly recommend heartworm prevention as well as tick prevention. The easiest option for these dogs is Trifexis or Advantage Multi in conjunction with a Preventic collar, or a combination of Frontline and Heartgard. We recommend these combinations since it is easier for owners to remember 2 medications per month instead of 3 or 4. Trifexis and Advantage Multi cover fleas, heartworm, and many intestinal parasites but not ticks which is why the Preventic collar would be needed. Frontline covers fleas and ticks but not heartworm so it would be used together with Heartgard.

        Feel free to contact University Veterinary Hospital at 510-841-4412 for further information regarding your selection of flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives for your pet. A technician would be happy to discuss the pros and cons of each product for your pets living situation.

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