Flea collars are handy inventions, which have the potential of making your life so much easier, especially if you have pets that roam free outdoors where they get in contact will all sort of strays which can get them infested with fleas. Additionally, some products also protect pets against ticks, which is great if you take into account the Lyme disease epidemic that seems to have swept the nation.
Do they actually work? The answer depends on many factors, especially on the brand you are buying. Their mechanism of action is pretty simple – collars emit a gas toxin, which kills parasites but doesn’t affect your dog in any way, which is vital because if you buy these products from shady sources, they can do more harm than good.
However, the older toxin-emitting collars only act locally, which doesn’t make them super useful if you have a larger pet. There are newer models on the ever-changing market that have flea repellent chemicals that are released on a regular basis, and that mix with the natural oils your pet’s skin releases. This allows for much better coverage and long-term protection against many types of disease-carrying bugs.
Collars usually work by emitting the toxin as a gas, so they will only kill fleas near the area where they are attached. The newer models contain flea and tick repellent chemicals that are continuously released from the flea collar and spread across the pet’s body, in the natural oils of the hair, coat, and skin. These flea killing chemicals then adhere to those surfaces and provide continuous protection.
Double check if the product you want is safe for extended use. This is a pro trick, since some products could contain organophosphates, which are basically poisons used to kill weeds and insects, and that can become toxic if you or your pet get in contact with the product for extended periods, even if the collar contains tiny traces of those chemicals. The bright side is that they are sold based on a prescription from the vet.
Another tip when using a collar for your pet, cat or dog, is to make sure, if you have more than one furry friend, that they don’t lick each other’s collar. This requires a bit of attention, but if you train them from the beginning, you shouldn’t have a problem with that as house pets are pretty smart. You can even use food to teach them to stay away from each other’s flea collar.
So, the answer is yes. These products work, and they are ideal preventative tools which can help you fight fleas and ticks efficiently. However, if you have naughty pets that can’t stand these items around their necks, maybe try to go for an alternative. The fabulous part is that they can even contain all natural ingredients, so you won’t ever have to worry about toxicity and harmful effects on your pet.