Are flea and tick collars safe?

Flea and tick collars are used by pet owners for years now due to their convenient, long-lasting, and effective flea and tick prevention. In fact, according to a survey held by VetSupply, collars are preferred over spot-ons and oral treatments for flea and tick prevention by most pet owners.  However, we have frequently been asked if flea and tick collars are safe to use for dogs. Well, to shed some light on this, it is first essential to understand its composition and working mechanism.  Here’s all you need to know about the best selling flea and tick collars:

Seresto Flea and Tick Collar for Dogs:

Seresto Flea and Tick collar for dogs is an innovative breakthrough technology for flea and tick prevention in dogs.  Moreover, it is considered one of the most effective products and its effects last longer than most other preventive products.  It can fight off fleas for 8 long months and ticks (paralysis tick, brown tick, and bush tick) for 4 months; yet another reason why pet parents prefer this!

How does it work?

It has two key ingredients: Imidacloprid and Flumethrin. Imidacloprid is an insect neurotoxin that acts on the nervous system of the fleas causing paralysis and eventual death. On the other hand, flumethrin is a pyrethroid insecticide that prevents ticks. The collar enables a controlled release of doses of both the active ingredients, which are transferred to a dog’s skin and coat and spread across the entire body.  Both these ingredients are safe for dogs as they are not to be ingested orally. However, please note that it is not safe for puppies of less than 7 weeks of age and for humans.

Seresto Flea and Tick collar for Cats:

Seresto flea and tick collar for cats is as powerful as the one for dogs. It gives protection against flea and tick infestation for 8 months and starts controlling flea infestations within a short period of 24 hours.  Moreover, it is odourless and also helps to prevent flea-borne diseases in felines.

How does it work?

The ingredients of Seresto flea and tick collar for cats are the same as in Seresto flea and tick collar for dogs. Plus, the mechanism of action is similar too. Nevertheless, the composition is different.  As they are not to be ingested orally, this too is a safe treatment. But remember, not to use it for kittens less than 8 months of age or for humans.

Kiltix Tick collar for Dogs:  

Kiltix tick collar is another pet-friendly collar that gives 5 months of protection against both— fleas and ticks.  Also, it is light in weight, waterproof, and odourless.  

How does it work?

It’s two active ingredients flumethrin and propoxur are potent to keep fleas and ticks at bay.  These insecticides are potential enough to kill and destroy both these nasty parasites, plus, the collar also repels new ticks through the ‘hot foot’ effect. The Kiltix tick collar is safe to use for dogs of more than 12 weeks of age.

In a nutshell:

The key ingredients for all these branded flea and tick collars are Flumethrin, Imidacloprid, and Propoxur. None of these ingredients have been confirmed to have any harmful side effects by the pet-parents who have been using it for years. Moreover, collars are the safest treatment for fleas and ticks as they are not to be administered orally and they do not leave any chemicals inside your pet’s body. Also, its long-term effectiveness helps you save your hard-earned money as you do not have to buy it frequently. But again, as we always say, do not continue the use of any product if your pets show any kind of side effects, and always take a vet’s opinion before using any product for your beloved pets.