Collar technology (yes, flea collars have technology now) has come a long way. And just like mobile phones, cars and even vacuums, older versions can still get the job done, but new improvements can enhance performance.
Today's pet owners have new choices that result in effective, long-lasting flea prevention that's as simple as attaching a collar. Newer technology can include flexible designs, non-greasy applications and adjustability for a comfortable fit. Applying a collar takes only moments and protection can last for months.
How do flea collars work?
Flea collars provide an easy way to deliver the active ingredients needed to kill and/or repel fleas. Some collars offer continuous coverage over your pet's body.
Older collar designs relied on releasing ingredients with a strong odor to repel or kill fleas. Newer technology allows collars to work like a dam releasing a controlled amount of water into a stream: the active ingredients flow from an area of high concentration and storage (the flea collar) to low concentration (your pet's hair, coat and skin). Fleas are killed when they make contact with the active ingredients. The collar slowly releases active ingredients over your pet's body. This continues until the collar needs to be replaced. It is important that the collar be applied and fitted according to its instructions.
Do flea collars really work?
Yes! Flea collars are designed to kill fleas. Some collars target only adult fleas while others may kill some of the younger stages of fleas. Some collars kill and repel fleas. This matters because if a flea is repelled, it cannot bite and pass on diseases. Look for collars that are made by companies that have researched, designed, and tested their product.
If you question if a certain flea collar really works, visit the manufacturer's website to learn about the product and its label claims. Ask your veterinarian for their opinion or see what other pet owners are saying in online purchase reviews.
Right collar, right fit
The convenience of flea collars make it easier for you to help protect your pet. With a custom fit in only moments, dogs, cats and owners can get back to their lives with minimal stress and hassle. Proper fit is key to getting the most out of a collar. Always follow the manufacturer's instructions, but keep these overall tips in mind:
- Collars need to be applied and fit properly, check product label for specifics
- Discourage chewing and biting by removing any leftover length
- Regularly check the collar's fit, especially on growing pets
- Remove and replace the collar according to manufacturer's recommended schedule
Are flea collars right for your pet?
Pet owners that choose collars may do so for these reasons:
1. Easy to apply
2. No waiting/drying period
5. No prescription required
Long lasting flea and tick collars are ideal for owners that routinely miss their pet's monthly flea treatments, have busy, active households and pets that are outdoor adventurists.
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