Brix Veterinary Service

1829 W Main St
Shelbyville, IL 62565

(217)774-5464

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Flea Products

There are many products available to treat and prevent flea infestations.  This page will cover the different options available at our clinic.  Please note that frequent bathing or swimming will decrease the effectiveness of any topical product.


Dogs:

  • Vectra 3D:  This is a once a month topical liquid that is easily applied to the skin between the shoulder blades. It begins to kill adult fleas within a few hours and also has a chemical that prevents some of the immature fleas in the pet's environment from maturing. The minimum age is 7 weeks, and the minimum weight is 2.5 lbs. The packaging is easy to open, and the applicator is very easy to use. This product also kills and repels ticks and mosquitoes. This product is for dogs only. Separate your dogs from cats for 12 hours following application
  • Comfortis and Trifexis:  This once a month tablet kills fleas very quickly. It starts killing adults within 30 minutes, with most adults killed after 4 hours. It should be given with food. This is a good product for dogs that swim or get bathed frequently. This product should not be used in dogs who have had a seizure.The minimum age for Comfortis is 14 weeks, and the minimum weight is 3.3 lbs.  Trifexis combines Comfortis with a heartworm preventative in one tablet.  The minimum age for Trifexis is 8 weeks and the minimum weight is 5 lbs.  Dogs need to have a negative heartworm test before beginning Trifexis
  • Nexgard:  This once a month chewable kills adult fleas, American Dog ticks, Black-legged (deer) ticks, and Lone Star ticks.  It does not have to be given with food.  This is a good product for dogs that swim or get bathed frequently.  This product should not be used in dogs who have had a seizure.  The minimum age for Nexgard is 8 weeks, and the minimum weight is 4 lbs.  Nexgard can be given with oral heartworm preventatives to cover prevention against heartworms, fleas, and ticks - using only oral medications.
  • Simparica:  This once a month chewable kills adult fleas, Black-legged (deer) ticks, Lone Star ticks, Gulf Coast ticks, American Dog ticks, and Brown Dog ticks.  Like Nexgard, it does not need to be given with food and is good for dogs who get wet often.  This product should not be used in dogs who have had a seizure.  Th minimum age for Simparica is 6 months, and the minimum weight is 2.8 lbs.  Simparica can also be given with oral heartworm preventatives.


Cats:

  • Vectra for Cats:  This is a once a month topical liquid that is easily applied to the skin between the shoulder blades. It begins to kill adult fleas within a few hours and also has a chemical that prevents some of the immature fleas in the pet's environment from maturing. The minimum age is 8 weeks. The packaging is easy to open, and the applicator is very easy to use.
  • Comfortis:  This once a month tablet kills fleas very quickly.  It starts killing adults within 30 minutes, with most adults killed after 4 hours.  It should be given with food.  This product should not be used in cats who have had a seizure.  The minimum age for Comfortis is 14 weeks, and the minimum weight is 2 lbs.


Cats and Dogs:

  • Revolution:  This is a once a month topical liquid that is also applied to the skin between the shoulder blades. It kills adult fleas and prevents flea eggs from hatching. It also protects against heartworm infection and treats for hookworms, roundworms, and ear mites. Dogs need to have a negative heartworm test before beginning this medication. The minimum age is 6 weeks for dogs and 8 weeks for cats.


Environment:

  • Mycodex Plus Household Spray and Adams Plus Fogger:  These are treatments for the household environment that contain chemicals to kill both adult fleas and immature stages of the flea.  Follow the label directions carefully.  Do not use this treatment on your pet.  These treatments work best when all the pets in the household are on flea treatment of their own, as listed above.
  • Adams Plus Yard Spray:  This is an outdoor spray that attaches to your hose and can be used to treat lawns and landscaping.  It contains a chemical that kills adult fleas.  Follow the label directions carefully.  Do not use this treatment on your pet.