Do you have trouble remembering to give your dog or cat its monthly flea and tick preventive? If so, you’re certainly not alone. Many owners get so busy and distracted that doses can be given weeks or even months late. This scenario may be common, but it is certainly not ideal. Missed doses not only put dogs and cats at risk for flea and tick infestations, but also increase a pet’s vulnerability to the diseases that parasites carry.
If applying monthly topical products is a chore you’d rather not bother with, an innovative, new flea and tick preventative may appeal to you. It’s called Seresto™ and comes in the form of an easy-to-use collar that protects pets against fleas and ticks for eight months. Seresto features a sustained release technology that provides pets with uninterrupted protection during that time. Flumethrin and imidacloprid, the collar’s active ingredients, are continuously replenished over the animal’s skin and hair in low concentrations for eight months. As a result, Seresto kills fleas within 24 hours and ticks within 48 hours after initial application. Reinfesting fleas are killed within two hours and reinfesting ticks are killed in as quickly as six hours.
The design of Seresto includes a ratchet-release system and, on the small dog and cat collars, a pre-determined breaking point. This is important, so that in the unlikely event of a cat or a dog being trapped, the pet’s own strength is sufficient to allow for a quick release. Seresto is available for cats, for small dogs up to 18 pounds, and for large dogs above 18 pounds. Each collar comes with three optional reflectors for added visibility at night and continues to work even if a pet becomes wet, is bathed, or spends a lot of time in direct sunlight.
Another benefit of Seresto is that it is significantly less expensive than many topical products when costs are calculated on a monthly basis. Retailers that offer Seresto at around $48 per collar are providing their clients with state of the art flea and tick control at only six dollars per month. The product’s low cost also makes it appealing in heavily infested environments or for animals with flea allergies. Veterinarians often recommend that pets in these situations be placed on two separate forms of flea and tick control. Seresto could be combined with a monthly topical product with different active ingredients (in other words not flumethrin and imidacloprid) to provide the highest level of protection.