Roxy And Luy
I have just recently heard of a flea pill.
I am concerned about my dogs swallowing such a thing into their stomachs that will also kill fleas. Iï¿½m sticking with the topical until I hear more on this product. Have you heard anything on this product and is it safe?
Love my dogs, like my kids :-)
Our Vet Says:
It would have been
useful to know to what product you are referring to. There are a few flea
prevention products available, like: Comfortis, Capstar, Program. Usually the
oral flea prevention medication has an insecticidal effect on fleas, low
toxicity for mammals and no effect on the environment. Some of them are used as
crops for pest control. Another point is that drugs are tested before they are
released on the market, and unsafe products are not granted marketing
authorization by the FDA.
I will assume you are referring to
Comfortis and will try to give you some information about the active ingredient
spinosad. This substance is produced by bacteria which was first isolated in
crushed sugarcane. It can be said that the chemical substance has a similar
structure to tetracycline, which is a widely used antibiotics. It has low
toxicity for mammalians (humans and pets) and was approved to be used as an
insecticide in the organic agriculture. It is a high efficacy insecticide and
will kill adults and larval stages in some pests. Its low binding with water
allowed it to be used as a slow releasing oral flea prevention substance in
In my opinion topical products are
better because they will kill all stages of fleas and they have some effect on
the flea population found in the environment. As long as they are applied
correctly based on the manufacturers indications they work very well.
I am hoping this answered your
question but if you require any other info please write to us again and please
include the name of the product you are referring to
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