Flea and Tick Control FAQs

All pets have unique medical needs, but the one that all of them share is the need for effective flea and tick control. To properly protect your pet, practice flea, and tick control all-year-round with help from the veterinarians at De Anza Veterinary Clinic. Here, pet parents in San Jose will find high-quality oral and topical products, medicated collars, and expert advice.

Should I give my pet oral or topical products?

Many pet parents feel that topical products are easier to apply compared to convincing a dog or cat to swallow a pill. However, if you bathe your dog frequently or your dog enjoys swimming, the effectiveness of topical products is questionable. Frequent swimmers and bathers should receive oral flea and tick products.

Which flea and tick products should I choose?

Our veterinarians will help you choose the flea and tick products that are best suited to your pet’s needs. We recommend the following oral products:

Trifexis: For dogs. Trifexis is a beef-flavored tablet that protects canines from fleas, heartworm disease, hookworms, roundworms, and whipworms. It is only indicated for canines five pounds and heavier, and eight weeks and older.

NexGard: For dogs. NexGard is a beef-flavored soft chew that kills fleas and ticks.

Comfortis: For cats and dogs at least 14 weeks of age. Comfortis is a chewable, beef-flavored tablet that starts killing fleas soon after administration.

Our veterinarians recommend the following topical products:

Frontline: Frontline Gold and Frontline Tritak are available in both canine and feline formulations. Both products kill fleas and ticks.

Advantage II: Available in canine and feline formulations. It prevents flea infestations and kills existing fleas. Advantage II also kills and prevents lice on dogs, but it does not control ticks.

Revolution: For cats. Revolution protects cats from fleas, heartworms, hookworms, roundworms, and ear mites.

How often should I apply topical products?

In most cases, topical flea and tick control products are applied once per month, but it can vary depending on the product. Choose a day that is easy to remember, such as the first of each month. Or, make a note on your calendar to apply the product on the right day.

Are medicated collars effective?

Yes, our vets recommend the Seresto collar, which repels fleas and ticks for eight months of protection. In dogs, Seresto also guards against chewing lice and sarcoptic mange. Please consult one of our vets before combining a medicated collar with a topical or oral product.

I have been applying the product as directed, but my pet is still scratching. Why?

We can find out why your pet is still scratching during an exam. This can be caused by behavioral or medical problems aside from flea and tick infestations. Most often, excessive scratching is due to food allergies, inhaled allergens, or flea allergies.

Has your pet been scratching lately? Call De Anza Veterinary Clinic in Cupertino at (720) 329-2613 to discuss your pet’s flea and tick control options.