The following products have different active ingredients and thereby provide different spectrums ofÂ parasitic protection. This chart shows what each product does and how it is administered. They are allÂ effective and safe, although any given individual can have sensitivity to certain products. Let us help youÂ determine which product meets your petâ€™s needs best.
RevolutionÂ® (selamectin) from PfizerThis prescription drug is designed as a once a month heartworm preventive and flea preventiveÂ for dogs and cats as young as 6 weeks old. ItÂ also kills adult fleas and can be used to treatÂ sarcoptic mange, ear mites and ticks. It alsoÂ helps control roundworms and hookworms. TheÂ product is placed on the skin at the back of theÂ neck, and is absorbed into the body. RevolutionÂ is a prescription drug requiring a currentÂ veterinary-patient relationship. Baths do notÂ wash it off.
Comfortis Â®for Dogs (spinosad) from Elanco Comfortis is a monthly prescription tablet forÂ fleas represents a completely new class of drugsÂ in flea control. Â It is available for use on puppiesÂ and dogs 14 weeks of age or older and isÂ available in 5 different sized flavored (soy andÂ pork) chewable tablets. This tablet must beÂ given with a full meal. It is meant to be usedÂ once a month and results show it is very usefulÂ for flea allergic pets as it has a rapid kill rate.
AdvantageIIÂ® (imidacloprid) from Bayer Advantage II is available as a topical for eitherÂ dogs or cats. AdvantageÂ® seems to be very wellÂ tolerated by sensitive cats. It provides fleaÂ knockdown in about 8 hours. 100% killing canÂ be maintained for at least two weeks. It isÂ susceptible to wash off, therefore outdoor activeÂ dogs and dogs that swim or that must be bathedÂ because of dermatitis must be re treatedÂ frequently. Advantage has no effect againstÂ ticks. www.bayer-ah.com
Frontline Top SpotÂ® (fipronil) from Merial Fipronil is a broad spectrum insecticideÂ available as a topical. It is a differentÂ chemical from Advantage but behavesÂ similarly, except that it is also affectiveÂ against ticks. Fipronil binds chemically toÂ the hair and is absorbed through the hairÂ follicle by the sebaceous glands. It canÂ withstand repeated baths fairly well, thoughÂ it does get diminished.
AssurityÂ® (Spinetoram) from Elanco BrandÂ new product with impressive studiesÂ indicating high efficacy and safety. ElancoÂ reported that Assurity kills 98 percent to 100Â percent of fleas within 12 hours, killing fleasÂ before they can lay eggs. It is 100 percentÂ effective for a full month, according to theÂ company. Â Â www.assurity4cats.com
TriflexisÂ® (spinosad = milbemycin oxime)Â from Elanco Brand new product with theÂ same great flea control from spinosadÂ (Comfortis) combined with a proven heartÂ worm preventative. Milbemycin oxime isÂ the heartworm preventative component,Â Interceptor (also a milbemycin oximeÂ product) is a well known brand-nameÂ heartworm preventative that been around forÂ a long time and proven to be safe andÂ effective. SO, if you are happy with theÂ effectiveness of Comfortis and want theÂ convenience of a combined monthly flea andÂ heartworm product in the form of a pill =Â THIS IS IT!Â www.trifexis.com
Heartgard PlusÂ® (ivermectin/ pyrantel) Â from Merial Â Heartgard is the originalÂ consistent workhorse of the heartwormÂ preventatives. Merial guarantees its productÂ and has a long history of providing a stable,Â safe, and effective product. This is aÂ monthly flavored chew. It also treatsÂ Roundworms and Hookworms. Â heartgard.us.merial.com
Iverheart PlusÂ® (ivermectin/ pyrantel) Â from Virbac Iverhart is a generic version ofÂ Heartgard. It also is a monthly flavoredÂ chewable tablet that treats Heartworms,Â Roundworms, and Hookworms. Iverhart hasÂ been a perfectly good option for manyÂ people.Â www.iverhart.com
PreventicÂ® (amitraz) from Virbac Preventic collars prevents the attachment ofÂ ticks for 3 months, and detaches existingÂ ticks before they can transfer disease-causing organisms. Preventic contains 9%Â amitraz and is recommended for use on dogsÂ 12 weeks and older. Do not use on cats.Â www.virbacvet.com/Products
Vectra 3DÂ® (Dinotefuran, Permethrin, Pyroproxyfen) from Summit Fast-acting protectionÂ against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, lice, mites and sand flies. Vectra 3DÂ® contains a uniqueÂ combination of three active ingredients carefully formulated into a system that allows Vectra toÂ spread quickly and adhere to the dogâ€™s body delivering a, Â Proven, highly-effective product.Â Repellent action helps reduce the risk of vector-borne disease transmission.Â www.summitvetpharm.com
ProfenderÂ® Topical Solution (emodepside + praziquantel) from Bayer ProfenderÂ® is the first and only topical feline dewormer that treats and controls ascarids,Â hookworms and tapeworms. Profender combines powerful, broad- spectrum coverage ofÂ intestinal worms with the ease and convenience of a single-dose treatment. No more strugglingÂ cats; no more stressed-out owners. And above all, no more worms. Â Profender Topical Solution isÂ not for use in kittens less than 8 weeks of age or weighing less than 2.2 lbs (1 kg).Â www.bayerdvm.com/products/profender
DrontalÂ® for cats
The broadest-spectrum feline dewormer available,Â Drontal (praziquantel/pyrantel pamoate) provides anÂ effective first-line defense against intestinalÂ parasites in cats.
Proven to eradicate the most common intestinalÂ parasites
- 100% efficacy against tapeworms.
- 100% efficacy against hookworms.
- 98.6% efficacy against roundworms.
Convenience and Compliance
- Single-dose formula can help eliminateÂ owner compliance problems.
- Drontal may be given directly by mouthÂ or in a small amount of food.
- Drontal has an excellent safety profile,Â is well tolerated and has a long historyÂ of reliable deworming with few if anyÂ side effects.
- In a clinical field study, 83 of 85 catsÂ treated with the recommended dosagesÂ of Drontal tablets did not exhibit anyÂ drug-related side effects.Â Drontal tablets are not for use in kittens less than 1Â month of age or weighing less than 1.5 lb.Â Â www.bayerdvm.com/products/drontal
DrontalÂ®Â Plus for Dogs
Nothing kills more intestinal parasites than DrontalÂ Plus (praziquantel/pyrantel pamoate/febantel) forÂ Dogs. Available in both tablets and beef-flavoredÂ Taste TabsÂ®.
Three in One
- Only Drontal Plus provides the power ofÂ three deworming agents in one tablet.
Efficacy â€” Proven to eradicate the mostÂ common intestinal parasites:
- Tapeworms (E. multilocularis, E.Â granulosus, T. pisiformis, D. caninum).
- Hookworms (A. caninum, U.Â stenocephala).
- Roundworms (T. canis, T. leonina).
- Whipworms (T. vulpis).
- Pyrantel pamoate and febantel workÂ synergistically to eliminate more wormsÂ than either can alone.
Convenience and Compliance
- Single-dose formula can help reduceÂ owner compliance problems.
- Taste Tabs formulation makes it simpleÂ to send clients home with a follow-upÂ dose. Â Â Found palatable by 9 out of 10Â dogs.
- Increase owner compliance.
Drontal Plus should not be used in pregnant animals orÂ dogs weighing less than 2 lbs. or puppies less than 3Â weeks of age.Â Federal (U.S.A.) law restricts this drug to use by or onÂ the order of a licensed veterinarian.