Spinosad Flea Control for Dogs
Are you tired of unsightly, unhygienic flea collars and messy flea drops?
If so, there are several new, and possibly better, options out there for you. We’re going to discuss some of them today so stick around!
There have been many developments over the last few years in the area of flea control for dogs. One of those treatment methods is called Spinosad, an ingredient in flea tablets which provides your dog with on-going, 30-day flea control.
Spinosad is the active ingredient in the tablet whose trade name is Comfortis. The flea tablet is produced by Eli Lilly and Company and was introduced to answer the call for an oral tab that offers longer-term protection from fleas.
The Comfortis flea tablet allows a dog owner to spend less time and money on tablets. Traditional flea tablets such as Capstar are becoming less popular because, although the tablet kills fleas, pets need to be given weekly and even daily doses of insecticides in order for the pill to be effective long term. This poses a problem not only to your pet’s health but to your wallet as well.
In contrast, Comfortis with Spinosad allows a pet owner to give the pill to their dog just once a month in order to be protected. The tablet will also kill any fleas that are currently living on the animal almost instantly.
Spinosad Health & Safety Concerns
While much safer than some of its predecessors, Spinosad is still a controlled substance and can only be obtained by a vet’s prescription. Furthermore, while it is definitely a better option than Capstar, it’s still a chemical insecticide and may cause side effects. Some pet owners have stated that their dogs experience vomiting, reduced appetite and diarrhea after first exposure to the tablet.
Also, Spinosad products do contain ivermectin, which FDA studies show that there is some level of toxicity in products made with this ingredient. Additionally, these product should only be used in dogs older than 14 weeks and should not be used on pregnant or nursing dogs.
While the majority of pet owners have been pleased with the results offered by Spinosad based flea control products, it is important to note that there are natural flea control products available that provide a great alternative to a chemical based products like these.