Flea Pills vs Flea Drops
Dog scratching? Cat chewing? You’re getting bit too?
Fast forward to the pet store……..an entire aisle of “flea treatments”. Part of the display is the “available by prescription” medications. Part is less expensive. How do you choose?
The first choice you will have to make is drops vs shampoo vs pills. For now we’ll assume you already tried all the shampoos, and lets focus on the drops vs pill debate.
WARNING! CAUTION! CAVEAT!
ANY flea treatment can make your dog sick. I repeat, ANY. Vet brand, store brand, homemade, if the goal is to kill fleas it is 99% of the time a poison. Dogs, cats, any animal (including humans) vary in their sensitivity. When applying any flea treatment do it when you are going to be home and able to keep an eye on the animal for at least a few hours.
Flea treatments that come in the “drop” type do have two major good points.
First, they are easy to put on a dog or cat that flat out refuses pills, and are good for owners who don’t want to wrestle near teeth.
Secondly, they are usually cheaper than pills and easier on the budget.
Quite honeslty, in my opinion, those are the only two good things about the drops!
BIG ONE: Drops can poison your pet, espically if you go the cheap route. Pills can too, but they are more regulated it seems than the drops (currently) and I’ve not seen as many reports of bad reactions.
This is a HUGE turnoff for me, from personal experience. Go here and read this article about what happened to my dog: Deadly Flea Drops . Come back and finish this
Second negative-as discussed in the article above, when you apply drops to a dog or cat you are leaving poison on their skin. If a child or another pet touches/licks/grooms, they get the poison too. If you have a very flexible animal they may even injest it themselves and make themselves sick. When they lay against the wall (like mine do), the poison can rub off on the wall.
Third negative-Big oily streak. I’ve yet to find a drop that didn’t leave an oily patch on either the dog or cat! Living with an oily critter can be a major turnoff. Poor dog barely got pettings until it absorbed (this was before the poisoning incident).
Did I mention drops can poison?
Number one for me is the less likely to poison scenario. After going through drop sensitivity, I’ll never use another drop again. Not only from the dogs standpoint, or the cats, but from the standpoint of the animals/people around the pill is safer.
Number two is the ones I”ve used seemed more effective than the drops. This is my own experience, but I finally broke the pest cycle after we switched to pills! They just seem to work better.
Number three, which can be a con depending on your animal, is ease of giving it. The dog I can trick with a little meat, no more making her hold still to apply the drops!
I have to stick with number one being the possibility of poisoning. This goes any time you give a medicine!
The biggest con is the price factor. If you stick with the name brands, it’s going to run you around $20 a month (US), give or take, just for the fleameds. If a flea free house is your goal that may seem a small price to pay.
A problem for some animals is actually giving them the pill. The dog I can wrap it in a piece of sandwhich meat and she pretty much swallows her food and doesn’t notice it. I have another piece of meat out and ready so even if she noticed it, her greed for the next piece gets her to swallow. I have had to give it to her manually before I figured out the meat trick and that wasn’t fun.