It would seem, currently, that with the wide array of topical and oral flea treatments, the use of collars for treating and preventing fleas has loss some ground in terms of popularity.
Many find that collars can tend to be more effective at preventing ticks rather than fleas. This is due to the fact that the concentration of treatment is higher right where the collar sits – around the neck – which is also where ticks usually gravitate.
There are however, effective and long lasting collars available on the market.
Collars can work in two different ways; repelling and treating. Some collars are designed for only one of those functions while others are meant to do both. Generally collars are used mostly for preventing and controlling future outbreaks rather than killing of currently existing pests.
When searching for a collar that will accomplish both the task of killing and preventing future fleas, look for products that use the term “kills” somewhere on the packaging. These are the ones that are usually meant for double duty.
Collars vs Topical Treatments
One possible advantage to a collar is that they can often be more affordable than spot on treatments. Long term collars also provide a level of convenience that topical treatments, which have to be reapplied multiple times, don’t have.
However, sometimes the more inexpensive brands of collars that are found in grocery stores prove to be less effective and therefore, not worth your money or time. The best way to find an effective collar, is usually to consult with your vet and found out what they would recommend.
Collars vs Oral Treatments
Oral treatments are considered by many to be the most effective way to eliminate or control fleas. There are however side effects that can occur, and usually pills can only be purchased with a prescription from your vet.
Often times it is necessary to pick up several medications to ensure that existing fleas are dealt with AND future fleas are prevented.
Some medications can even cause dogs to vomit shortly after treatment, which leaves the question of whether they were in long enough for the medication to sufficiently absorb.
Collars With Other Treatments
In certain circumstances, like when the risk of attracting fleas is significantly higher than usual, collars can be used in addition to other treatments like oral tablets or monthly spot treatments. For example, if you plan to allow your dog to roam in an area where pests are known to thrive, you can attach a flea collar while they are out and when they come home, remove the collar and store it in an airtight container or bag.
Flea collars can also be useful when you are cleaning up after fleas invaded your home. Before vacuuming your floors and surfaces, place an effective collar inside of the vacuum bag. As your vacuum catches the lingering pests, the collar will kill them off as they land on it inside the bag.
Below are several flea collar options to consider while shopping for the right treatment for you and your pet.
Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar
The Bayer Seresto flea and tick collar is an 8 month treatment option that provides protection from fleas and ticks. It is available in sizes to fit large dogs as well as small dogs and small cats. It is veterinarian recommended and offers an odorless and non greasy formula.
The Bayer Seresto Collar offers the effectiveness that is usually found in a topical treatment along with the convenience of collar. It is easy to use and only has to be ‘applied’ once.
The sustained release technology allows a continuous and steady release of ingredients over the course of 8 months that ensures that fleas and tick infestations will be kept under complete control.
This collar is effecgive to kill existing fleas as well as prevent future outbreaks. It is also effective to kill and repel ticks. The water resistant aspect means that it can be used with monthly bathing and even during swimming if not swimming does not occur more than once per month.
If you do allow your dog to swim more than once per month, expect the life of the collar to last closer to 5 months. The water resistance technology will remain intact even with exposure to rain.
The Bayer Seresto collar features a release mechanism that ensures built in protection for your dog. This means that your dog’s strength will be sufficient to break loose from the collar should they ever become trapped.
Consumers report being highly satisfied with the effectiveness of this collar.
Scalibor Protector Band for Dogs
Scalibor Protector Band flea and tick collar is long lasting. The advanced technology used in this collar provides an odorless and water resistant solution to flea and tick infestations.
This collar works just as well when it’s wet as when it’s dry making it convenient to keep on our dog at all times. It is safe to use and effectively kills off fleas and ticks to prevent them from biting and reinfesting on your dog.
The Scalibor collar technology works by releasing deltramethrin onto your dog’s skin which then spreads over the entirety of the body through the natural oil found on your dog’s skin.
Deltamethrine is known to be highly effective for killing off ticks of all life and biting stages, even in the unfortunate incidence of severe infestation.
This collar is only to be used on dogs that are 12 weeks of age or older. It effectively provides up to 6 months of continued protection against both fleas and ticks, offering the convenience of twice a year application vs monthly application that is required with topical treatments.
The unique friction release technology means that the use of this collar is not restricted to households with no other pets such as cats. It is not, however, safe to use directly on cats for pest control. It is intended and designed for use on dogs only.
Consumers report that is is easy to use and very effective at keeping pests at bay. Reviews also show that consumers find this collar to be reasonably priced.
Preventic by Virbac is a collar designed for the elimination and prevention of ticks. It provides up to 6 months of convenient protection in the form of two collars that last up to 3 months each.
This collar is designed to be used as an effective compliment to flea control treatments like PROGRAM or Advantage when extra tick control and protection is also required.
It is recommended that this collar only be used on dogs and puppies that are 3 months of age or older.
Convenient and easy to use, the Preventic collar begins working withing 24 hours after application.
It is the only vet recommended collar to detach and kill ticks.
This collar comes in one size that can be adjusted to fit most sizes of dogs. Consumers report being very satisfied with both the effectiveness and price of this collar.