Flea Product Safety
Not all flea products are safe for cats and dogs, especially if dog products are used on cats.
Veterinarians have been trying to stress this point for years, so Dr. Sandi Huffman hopes to clarify some common questions and myths about these products.
Before Advantage and Frontline were available, vets sold insecticides with the active ingredients Permethrins and Pyrethrins, which at on fleas' nervous systems. These were not nearly as effective, nor as safe, as the current anti-flea medications sold by vets, but they were all that were available then.
When Advantage and Frontline entered the marketplace in the 1990's, they were only available through vets, and the previous products were now sold over-the-counter. These products have mimicked the packaging of Advantage and Frontline, but are not generics for these products. That is why they are cheaper. They are also not as effective, if effective at all, and definitely not as safe.
It is not that expensive to use safe, effective flea products from your veterinarian, especially if you buy them on a monthly basis. Many vets offer discounts when you buy six months' worth at a time.
Current products available from your vet include:
Comfortis - a fast-acting, monthly tablet for dogs that is very effective.
Advantage - a monthly topical for dogs and cats.
Frontline - a monthly topical for dogs and cats.
Capstar - a fast-acting tablet for dogs and cats, but only acts for 24-48 hours.
These products are available through a veterinarian or another reputable retailer such as feed stores. These products are available at
Alachua County Feed & Seed
NW 6th St. & NW 23rd Ave. in Gainesville
Contact : 352-377-9956
Please do not risk your pets' safety to save a few bucks, especially on ineffective products, and make sure you read the directions carefully on any product you buy.