To best protect your dog or cat against parasites: fleas, ticks, phlebotomas, mosquitoes… the most important thing is to treat it with the right antiparasitic and at the right time. However, the market is vast: shampoos, sprays, collars, pipettes, tablets and as many different molecules, essential oils, etc… and it can be complicated to find your way around and choose. Discover our tips for choosing and processing at the right time.
Insecticide or repellent?
More and more natural antiparasiticides exist, based on essential oils, margosa, natural pyrethrums… These products are not insecticides but insect repellents, i.e. they repel parasites but do not kill them. They may not be sufficient under high infestation pressure.
What form of pest control for my dog or cat?
Anti-parasitic powders or shampoos
We will not develop powders here because they are increasingly rare on the market, very impractical to use and not very effective…
Shampoos can be useful for dogs that are really very infested by fleas to kill them all at once during a bath, but be careful there is no persistence.
Pest control sprays
The effectiveness of the sprays is good and they are very useful in case of invasion because the action is very fast when you spray the whole body of your animal, the duration of action of the sprays is on average one month, so you must repeat the application every month of the year at least to be sure that your animal is well protected.
Most fipronil sprays can be used in both cats and dogs (never in rabbits!), which is a plus for owners who have both species.
On the other hand, applying the spray can be tedious or even degenerate into a real battle with your four-legged friend… Indeed, it is necessary to count the number of sprays which is often important depending on the spray (2 to 6 sprays per kilo, do the calculation for a 20 kg dog: at least 40 spray strokes!).
Be careful some animals especially cats hate the sound of the spray or the smell, are afraid of it, struggle or run away before you can finish….
It is important to know: once the animal has been well treated by the spray its coat really looks wet and the product has a certain smell
Pest control pipettes
Pipettes are effective and quite practical to use, in general they are effective for 1 month, so you should repeat the application every month of the year at least to be sure that your pet is well protected.
Pipettes treat your dog or cat against several parasites: fleas, ticks and for some intestinal worms, which can avoid administering several products to treat external and internal parasites. Some can therefore replace worming and you kill two birds with one stone.
This is important to know: as with sprays, the animal should not be bathed within 48 hours of the pipette application, and the use of certain topical products on the skin (frequent shampoos, skin moisturizers) may reduce their effectiveness.
Of course the product contained in the pipette is not odourless and can give a greasy appearance to the hair at the application site.
These pipettes must be properly applied to be effective: of course on the skin and not on the hair, which can be a real challenge for some short-haired dogs and some uncooperative cats..
Pest control collars
The main advantage of these collars is that their effectiveness is quite long (several months), so you don’t have to think about treating your pet every month.
There are effective collars against fleas and ticks for dogs and cats and also effective collars against phlebotomes and mosquitoes in dogs.
Pest control collars are soaked with sustained-release active ingredients, so it is important to put them around the neck in contact with the skin (adjust the size of the collar properly in relation to your dog’s neck size without overtightening it).
Of course, as with any pest control product, a local allergy reaction is possible (just like with pipettes), in which case you should immediately remove the collar and consult your veterinarian. Read more article about pest treatment service.