Common Flea and Tick Control Products

Perhaps no area of veterinary medicine has grown as rapidly as the field of flea and tick control. Fleas have become resistant to many products and with the explosion in flea numbers, there are huge efforts aimed at controlling them. Ticks can transmit a number of diseases, so tick control is also receiving more attention. Today's insecticides for pets have made great advancements and a wide array of different compounds have been formulated. This table describes the active ingredients, methods of use, and effects of various dips, sprays, powders, topical and oral preparations, foggers, etc.

Product Active
Ingredient
Species & Minimum Age Dosage & Administration Effects Comments
For Use on Pets
Advantage
Imidacloprid For dogs 7+ weeks, and cats 8+ weeks* Topical: Once/month Kills adult fleas and larvae. Does not kill ticks. Consult with veterinarian before using on sick, aged, pregnant, or nursing animals.
Advantage Multi for Cats
Imidacloprid
Moxidectin
For cats 9+ weeks and 2+ lbs* Topical: Once/month Kills adult fleas and ear mites. Does not kill ticks. Prevents heartworm; treats and controls roundworms and hookworms. Consult with veterinarian before using on sick, aged, pregnant, or nursing animals.
Advantage Multi for Dogs
Imidacloprid
Moxidectin
For dogs 7+ weeks and 3+ lbs*
Do NOT use on cats.
Topical: Once/month Kills adult fleas. Does not kill ticks. Prevents heartworm; treats and controls roundworms, whipworms and hookworms. Consult with veterinarian before using on sick, aged, pregnant, or nursing animals. Do NOT use on cats.
K9 Advantix
Imidacloprid
Permethrin
For dogs 7+ weeks
Do NOT use on cats.
Topical: Once/month Kills adult fleas and larvae. Kills and repels ticks and mosquitoes. Consult with veterinarian before using on sick, aged, pregnant, or nursing dogs. Do NOT use on cats.
Bio Spot Flea and Tick Spray for Cats and Kittens
Pyrethrin
Methoprene
For cats 12+ weeks* Topical: Once every 2 months Kills and repels adult fleas and ticks; stops development of flea eggs. Consult with veterinarian before using on sick, aged, pregnant, or nursing cats.
Bio Spot Flea and Tick Spray for Dogs and Puppies
Pyrethrin
Methoprene
For dogs 12+ weeks* Topical: Once every 2 months Kills and repels adult fleas and ticks; stops development of flea eggs. Consult with veterinarian before using on sick, aged, pregnant, or nursing dogs. Do NOT use on cats.
Bio Spot-Spot On for Cats and Kittens
Etofenprox
Methoprene
For cats 12+ weeks* Topical:
Once/month
Kills adult fleas and ticks; kills and repels mosquitoes; stops development of flea eggs. Consult with veterinarian before using on sick, aged, pregnant, or nursing cats.
Bio Spot-Spot On for Dogs
Permethrin
Methoprene
For dogs 6 months or older*
Do NOT use on cats.
Topical: Once/month Kills and repels adult fleas, ticks, mosquitoes; stops development of flea eggs. Consult with veterinarian before using on sick, aged, pregnant, or nursing dogs. Do NOT use on cats.
Capstar
Nitenpyram For dogs and cats 4+ weeks, and 2+ lbs Oral: As needed (can be given daily) Kills adult fleas. Starts to work in 30 minutes; no residual activity. Safe to use in pregnant or nursing dogs and cats. Can be used with other flea products.
Comfortis
Spinosad For dogs 14+ weeks Oral: Once/month Kills adult fleas. Caution in breeding females and those with epilepsy.
De Flea Pet and Bedding Spray
Dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate, undecyclenic acid As needed Controls fleas, ticks, lice, and mites. Can use on nursing animals.
Frontline Plus
Fipronil Methoprene For dogs and cats 8+ weeks* Topical: Once/month Kills adult fleas and ticks. Prevents flea eggs, larvae and pupae from maturing. Treats and controls chewing lice. Aids in the control of sarcoptic mange (dogs). Approved for use in breeding, pregnant, or nursing animals. Consult with veterinarian before using on sick or aged animals.
Frontline Top Spot
Fipronil For dogs and cats 8+ weeks* Topical: Once/month Kills adult fleas, ticks, and chewing lice. Aids in the control of sarcoptic mange (dogs). Approved for use in breeding, pregnant, or nursing animals. Consult with veterinarian before using on sick or aged animals.
Preventic Tick Collar
Amitraz For dogs 12+ weeks
Do NOT use on cats.
Collar:
Once/3 months
Kills ticks. Consult with veterinarian before using on sick, aged, pregnant, or nursing dogs. Do NOT use on cats.
Program
Lufenuron (IDI) For dogs 4+ weeks and cats 6+ weeks* Oral: Once/month

Injectable for cats: Once/6 months.

Flavored treat form for dogs and cats; liquid form for cats.
Stops the development of flea eggs. Does not kill adult fleas. Does not kill ticks. Consult with veterinarian before using on sick, aged, pregnant, or nursing animals.
Promeris for Cats
Metaflumizone For cats 8+ weeks* Topical liquid: Once/4-7 weeks Kills adult fleas. Consult with veterinarian before using on sick, aged, pregnant, or nursing animals.
Promeris for Dogs
Metaflumizone
Amitraz
For dogs 8+ weeks* Topical liquid: Once/month Kills adult fleas; kills ticks. Consult with veterinarian before using on sick, aged, pregnant, or nursing animals.
Revolution
Selamectin For dogs 6+ weeks and cats 8+ weeks* Topical liquid: Once/month Kills adult fleas, flea eggs, and American dog tick; treats and controls ear mites, control sarcoptic mites (dogs). Prevents heartworms; controls roundworms and hookworms (cats). Appears to be safe to use in pregnant or nursing dogs and cats. Use with caution on sick or underweight animals.
Sentinel Flavor Tabs
Lufenuron (IDI), Milbemycin Oxime For dogs 4+ weeks, and 2+ lbs Oral tablet: Once/month Stops development of flea eggs and larvae. Does not kill ticks or adult fleas. Prevents heartworms; controls roundworms, whipworms and hookworms. Safe to use in pregnant or nursing dogs.
Vectra 3D
Permethrin
Dinotefuran
For dogs 7+ weeks
Do NOT use on cats
Topical liquid: Once/month Repels and kills fleas, ticks and mosquitos. Consult with veterinarian before using on sick, aged, pregnant, or nursing animals. Do NOT use on cats.
* This product comes in different formulations for dogs and cats.

For more information on the mode of action and safety of ingredients in flea and tick control products see Ingredients in Tick & Flea Control Products in Cats and Dogs.


source: Drs. Foster & Smith Veterinary Services Department

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