Trifexis Chewable Flea Tablets for Dogs Review
As much as you want to protect your beloved pet from annoying fleas and ticks, they happen to find a way in sometimes; the problem is getting rid of them.
A flea pill is a good start but your vet has several options. Which one is the best?
Let’s examine how Trifexis (spinosad + miblemycin oxime) chewable tablets fare for flea and worm removal.
Trifexis is a chewable tablet that kills fleas and prevents infestations. According to information available on the company’s website, Trifexis can also be used for treating and controlling hookworms, roundworms, whipworms. The tablets also prevent heartworm disease caused by mosquitoes.
Heartworm disease can be fatal for dogs if not treated. While Trifexis does not kill heartworms in case of sick dogs, it can be useful in preventing the disease.
Trifexis can be used to control –
- Intestinal worms
The tablets not only kill existing fleas and worms, but they also prevent future infestation. It has been reported that Trifexis starts killing fleas within 30 minutes of taking the tablet and kills most fleas within 4 hours.
How it works
Trifexis works by killing fleas before they can lay eggs. It also treats intestinal infections by killing parasites.
Trifexis comes in multiple options depending on the weight of your dog. For dogs between 5 and 10 lbs, Trifexis has the following ingredients –
- 140mg Spinosad
- 2.3mg Milbemycin oxime
Spinosad is a highly active insecticide that is known to kill adult insects by causing hyperexcitation of the nervous system. Spinosad causes disruption of acetylcholine neurotransmission.
Spinosad is a natural product with low toxicity and good environmental profile.
Milbemycin oxime is a parasitic drug that causes death by hyper-polarization of cells.
Trifexis comes in the form of beef flavored chewable tablets that can be mixed with food or given as a treat. It should be used for adult dogs and puppies older than 8 weeks and with a body weight of more than 5 lbs.
The tablets should be given once a month throughout the year, or as recommended by the veterinarian.
Avoid giving Trifexis to an epileptic dog.
Trifexis is available online, over the counter and through any veterinary clinic.
Product warnings and side effects
Effects of Trifexis on pregnant or breeding animals haven’t been evaluated. Consult with your veterinarian before administering Trifexis to a pregnant female or a breeding male/female.
Trifexis is known to cause vomiting in some dogs. Puppies under 14 weeks old may have higher occurrences of vomiting.
Other side effects include itching, inflammation of skin, diarrhea, and decreased appetite.
High doses of Trifexis may cause stupor, tremors, and ataxia.
What Are Users Saying?
Most users really like Trifexis; in fact many users say that it’s the best flea product that they’ve ever used. There were a few scattered reports of vomiting but some users suggested that they’ve found it helpful to give the pill at mealtime in order to reduce the chance of nausea. There were a few users who reported that the pill didn’t work but since all dogs are different and heavy flea infestations require more than a single treatment, this is probably to be expected.
Trifexis may cause vomiting in some dogs so it may be a good idea to give it with food. That being said, most people using Trifexis have been happy with the results they’ve seen and we give it a solid thumbs up.
Trifexis gets a thumbs up from us.
If you’ve used Trifexis, let us know how you liked it in the comments section below.