So there's this new line of 8month flea/tick collar & i'm just wondering if anyone has experienced it or heard things about it. Amazon seems to have pretty good reviews of it...but it still seems kind of new...any input?
On a side note, does Frontline Plus or Advantage work better for reg. monthly flea applications?
We use Frontline Plus and it's always worked well for us. I'm not a fan of flea collars personally.
The collar is not toxic to cats - they are available for both cats and dogs
I would never use a flea/tick collar on my own animals, because they would be constantly breathing the fumes emanating from the collar.
I'm with Anna. Had a cat get sick from one...thankfully noticed and removed it before a trip to the vet was in order.
The Seresto collars are not the same as the gross old-fashioned flea collars. They do not emanate fumes or have powdery/greasy feeling
I discovered this spring that Frontline is WORTHLESS! We ended up with a huge flea infestation in our house. One cat treated with Frontline had a dozen fleas, Frosty treated with Frontline had a dozen fleas, another cat treated with Frontline had over 30 fleas!!! The one cat treated with Advantage had zero fleas. I contacted Frontline and they said their product does not prevent fleas from getting on your animals, getting brought in your house, or causing infestations - What's the point then!! Frosty was also constantly covered in ticks while on Frontline. I had used Frontline for over 3 years, but never again.
I switched Frosty and 2 of our cats to the Seresto collar a couple months ago. I have one cat with allergies who can not tolerate a collar, so she gets Advantage. I just flea bathed everyone last week. All 3 that have collars had zero fleas. The cat on Advantage had 2 fleas. Frosty has not had any ticks since I put the collar on. I am definitely pleased with my Seresto collars. We'll see if they actually last for 8 months as advertised. There is also a $20 rebate available from Seresto depending on where you get your collar.
This is the release from Bayer Healtcare:
Seresto represents a major advance in the development of ectoparasiticides. The unique polymer matrix of Seresto provides dose adjusted release of two proven active ingredients: imidacloprid, a very potent insecticide, and flumethrin, a highly effective acaricide. Research into the efficacy of this combination has demonstrated that these two active ingredients work synergistically to significantly increase their efficacyagainst fleas. Laboratory trials confirm that the combination of imidacloprid and flumethrin is 100 times more effective against fleas than imidacloprid alone. Thanks to its innovative polymer matrix composition, the migration of active ingredients from the Seresto collar matrix to the surface adjusts depending on the concentrations of active ingredients within the lipid layer on the pet´s skin. This ensures a steady, low-dose release profile, providing optimal protection for up to eight months."
The fact that you cannot smell fumes emanating from the collar, does not mean they are not being emitted and, since the collar encircles the neck, much of what is emitted is around the head where breathing occurs. These are powerful ingredients even in tiny amounts. I'm not saying it's not safe, I don't have the expertise necessary to properly assess it, what I'm saying is that I would prefer other options to something that can be breathed in over such a long period of time. I may be biased by the fact that I am personally sensitive to many pesticides, inhaled substances, cleaning spray products, etc. considered "safe".
Personally, I use Frontline Plus and get great results with it. It very much depends on your particular area, though. Some areas of the country seem to have flea/tick populations that have built up a resistance to one brand of flea/tick medication or another. I don't have any experience with flea collars, unfortunately, so I cannot provide any feedback about how effective one would be. I definitely couldn't use one, though. I'd end up washing my hands every time I touch the dogs' collars because of what chemicals may come off onto my hands.
Like someone said, it depends on where you live what works. We go to GA for the winter from Iowa. I always call the vet where we go to see what is working. We have used Frontline Plus here in Iowa with excellent results but have had to use Advantix when we go to GA. The only flea collars I ever used were the old ones many years ago.