I have lived in New England for 25 years and I am outdoors with my dogs every day. Over the decades, flea and tick options for my dogs were typically Frontline, Vectra 3D topicals or Verbac Preventic Collars. I had various successes over the years with these collars or topicals but it seemed that the ticks were getting resistant to these products and my dogs were still being bitten and affected by tick borne diseases. Last year I began to use the Seresto collar. It came highly recommended by the Sport Vet Dr. Jennel Appell that I use in Florida, and people were swearing by its effectiveness. I have to say that while the upfront cost may seem high (about $55 to $65 dollars) this collar works over the course of 5 to 8 months which actually makes it more economical than most monthly topicals. Additionally, the topical’s effectiveness wears off near the 30 day limit and the application was often messy, you could not swim or bathe your dog afterwards, and I always seemed to pet them on that greasy spot inadvertently after application. Since I began using the Seresto collars, I have NOT found any engorged ticks on my SEVEN dogs! I still find ticks on them BUT they are dried up and dead immediately! Not only does the collar repel the ticks, it kills them instantly before they really attach and suck the dog’s blood. I understand that there is controversy with using ‘chemical’ treatments for our dogs in order to control parasites; however our sporting dogs and all dogs in the Northeast and East coast in general have such a high exposure to harmful tick diseases that the long term exposure or infection of tick diseases can be more dangerous than the preventative. My recent attendance to a Retriever Symposium and Seminar on Sporting Dog Health explained the long term damage of tick illnesses. Their recommendation was to be highly proactive by using these tick treatments on our dogs as well as yearly full panel blood tests and antibiotic treatments to control the disease even when detected as positive for the bacterium but asymptomatic.
Here is some information about Seresto®
With its innovative delivery system, Seresto® offers a breakthrough in flea and tick protection for dogs for 8 months.
For 8 months, this product:
- Kills and repels fleas before they lay eggs
- Kills and repels ticks
- Provides odorless, non-greasy and easy-to-use protection
- Aids in the treatment and control of sarcoptic mange on dogs
- Kills chewing lice
- Is water resistant*
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*Seresto® is water-resistant and remains effective following a shampoo treatment, swimming or after exposure to rain or sunlight. Under normal conditions, effectiveness lasts for 8 months. In order to maintain an eight-month duration, dogs must not be bathed more than once per month. For dogs that swim once a month or more, the control duration is reduced to 5 months for flea control and reduced to 7 months for tick control.
How does Seresto® work?
Inside the unique polymer matrix of Seresto® are two active ingredients:
- Imidacloprid has been used in products for years to control flea infestations.
- Flumethrin effectively repels and kills ticks.
Flumethrin works together with imidacloprid to provide dual action against fleas and ticks. No other treatment has this combination of ingredients.
The active ingredients spread from the site of direct contact over the skin surface of the cat or dog.
Sustained release technology
Seresto® works similarly to a monthly topical, but as the active ingredients wear off over time, a new supply is continuously replenished in low concentrations. The active ingredients spread from the site of direct contact over the skin surface.
Bayer’s polymer matrix technology is designed to slowly and continuously release the active ingredients for eight months, a duration that makes it clearly different from other flea and tick collars.