Flea Control: Ratings of Sources
Total of 11 Sources
For an explanation of how we rank reviews, see our ratings criteria page.
Ask a Vet: Is Your Flea Control Product Hurting Your Dog?
by Eric Barchas
Our AssessmentEric Barchas, a veterinarian with over a decade of experience, names the flea treatments he considers safest and most effective for dogs. He says the topical treatments Advantage II and Frontline Plus "work better than many products" and "have splendid safety profiles," but their effectiveness may be on the wane as fleas become resistant to them. Dr. Barchas says the oral medicine Comfortis is more reliable, but it may cause vomiting in some dogs.
A Dayton, OH Veterinarian Discusses Flea Control: Taking Aim on Fleas
by Staff of Twin Maples Veterinary Hospital
Our AssessmentThe staff of Twin Maples Veterinary Hospital in West Carrollton, Ohio, discuss the flea's life cycle and list their recommended treatments. Their top picks are the oral medicines Comfortis and Sentinel and the topical treatments Vectra 3D, Frontline Plus, and Revolution. Their advice is somewhat confusing, however; they claim that permethrin, a common flea-control chemical, is "quite safe to people and pets," yet they also warn that over-the-counter products containing permethrin "can cause neurologic toxicities."
Recommendations for Flea Control
by Staff of Mid Hudson Animal Hospital
Our AssessmentVets at Mid Hudson Animal Hospital in Hyde Park, N.Y., outline their top picks for flea control. The article is somewhat outdated, as it refers to the original Advantage and Frontline rather than the current Advantage II and Frontline Plus. However, the key ingredients of the products they recommend -- Advantix for Dogs and Advantage for Cats -- are unchanged. The authors do not recommend Frontline, saying many of their clients complain it does not kill the fleas.
by Staff of All Feline Hospital
Our AssessmentVets at All Feline Hospital in Lincoln, Neb., say that flea-control products sold through vets are "almost all very safe and effective," but they are costly. They say the best over-the counter alternatives are Frontline Plus, Advantage II and Capstar. They also note that any flea treatment must be combined with rigorous vacuuming to remove fleas from the home. They warn against using any flea product with permethrins or pyrethrins on cats.
Flea & Tick
by Contributors to Petco.com
Our AssessmentPetco.com sorts its flea and tick products into separate pages for dogs and cats. We did not find as many reviews from pet owners at this site as at 1800PetMeds.com, but the most popular products still receive hundreds of comments. The top choices here are the topical treatments Frontline Plus, K9 Advantix II and Advantage II. The best-rated oral medication is Capstar, but it does not receive nearly as many reviews as the topical products.
Flea, Lice & Tick Control
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells thousands of flea products, including some with hundreds of user reviews. Sorting through reviews can be difficult, as different versions of the same product are often scattered across multiple pages, but a few products are clear standouts. The leading topical treatments are K9 Advantix II, Frontline Plus for Dogs, and Advantage II for both dogs and cats. The top-rated oral medications are Capstar and its generic equivalent, Little City Dogs Flea Killer Capsules.
Flea & Tick
by Contributors to PetSmart.com
Our AssessmentAt PetSmart.com, flea and tick products are sorted into separate pages for dogs and cats. Most products receive only a handful of reviews, but a few products have 100 or more. We found strong recommendations for the topical treatments Advantage II (for both dogs and cats) and K9 Advantix II. Another top product here is Seresto flea collars for dogs and cats -- the only flea collar to earn significant positive feedback in the reviews we consulted.
Flea & Tick Prevention
by Contributors to 1800PetMeds.com
Our AssessmentThis online pet pharmacy sells many brands of flea control products, and a few products have literally thousands of reviews from pet owners. Two topical medications, Revolution and Advantage II, earn overall ratings of more than 4 stars out of 5 from over 1,000 dog and cat owners, as do Seresto flea collars. The oral medications Comfortis, Capstar, and Sentinel Flavor Tabs also earn excellent reviews, but not as many.
Fleas and Flea Control in Cats
by Editors of International Cat Care
Our AssessmentInternational Cat Care is an international organization devoted to the welfare of cats. Its staff recommends "spot on" treatments rather than powders, collars or sprays to control fleas in cats. They also say tablets "can be useful in some situations." However, they do not recommend any specific products over others. The authors warn against relying on "alternative" remedies such as neem oil, which may not be safe or effective.
by Carol S. Foil
Our AssessmentVeterinarian Carol S. Foil discusses oral and topical flea control products, explaining how each one works and listing its pros and cons. She recommends fast-acting products for pets that are allergic to fleas. However, the article isn't very up to date. Several of the listed products have been discontinued or reformulated, and products described as "completely new" have been around for years.
GreenPaws Flea and Tick Products Directory
by Editors of SimpleSteps.org
Our AssessmentThe directory of flea-control products at SimpleSteps.org, sponsored by the Natural Resources Defense Council, rates the safety of both traditional flea-control products and "natural" remedies, such as essential oils and diatomaceous earth. This site evaluates safety only; there's no information about effectiveness or ease of use. Information is detailed, but not very current; several of the products on the list have been discontinued or replaced.