If your furry friend constantly scratches himself, has black spots on his body, and has thinning or falling fur, he may have contracted fleas.
Our animals often have to fight these insects, especially in summer, but in general all year round.
Fleas, ticks and parasites can also cause dangerous illnesses in both dogs and cats, so proper measures need to be taken to protect their health.
The flea collar is one of the most suitable solutions because it is easy to use and effective in the medium and long term.
How does a flea and tick collar work?
The flea collar has a preventive function. It is usually made of flexible, adjustable plastic that wraps around the dog or cat’s neck.
When in contact with the animal’s body heat, it releases chemical substances that penetrate its fur, creating protective barriers against fleas and other insects.
The chemicals are also spread in the environment where the dog usually lives, such as beds or sofas, ensuring 360 ° protection.
The released liquid resists water, temperature variations and other atmospheric agents, so the necklace must not be removed even at night.
What types of flea collars are there?
There are different types of flea collars on the market, your choice should be according to your needs.
Basically, there are 3 models: insecticide, biological and ultrasonic. The flea insecticide collar is the most common and releases chemical substances that eliminate fleas, ticks and parasites.
However, as it is a highly toxic product, the dog should be prevented from chewing it and children should keep a distance and care to maintain safety.
Organic Pesticide Collar is made exclusively from natural herbs and oils and contains no chemicals.
Therefore, its use should be after flea treatment.
Finally, there is the ultrasound collar , which emits ultrasounds that annoy the insects and keep them away.
This model is also chemical-free, but can only be used outdoors, so other products such as sprays, pipettes or lotions must be used at home.
Insecticidal and organic collars should be used on large dogs.
Small and medium-sized dogs can use any type of collar.
However, it is generally not recommended to apply flea collars to dogs and cats younger than 6 months of age , as they may chew and ingest dangerous chemicals.
The best time to apply these products is during seasonal changes when fleas and ticks are most active.
Is the flea collar for dogs also suitable for cats?
Dog and cat ticks are different, so a dog collar should not be used on cats.
In addition to being ineffective for the feline, a specific collar for dogs would risk making the cat sick, with very serious consequences.
You can usually use a flea collar for dogs even if you have a cat at home, but it is advisable to always consult the package instructions.
How to choose a good collar against fleas and ticks?
Choosing the right product must evaluate a number of considerations and requirements.
First of all, it is advisable to buy a good quality item.
Read the warnings and side effects carefully, especially if your dog has any particular illnesses or allergies.
However, I recommend that you consult your veterinarian before purchasing a flea collar.
It’s important to pay attention to the size of the collar, so as not to cause discomfort or discomfort in the dog or cat.
Flea and tick collars are very useful tools to keep these parasites away from our pets and to prevent diseases.
Its use is extremely easy: once placed on the dog’s or cat’s neck, it operates with complete autonomy, without any further intervention by the owner.
On the other hand, they have a limited duration (about 4-5 months) and can have side effects in some animals.
Inhalation or contact with chemicals can be dangerous for people, so it is advisable not to sleep with your dog or cat and to wash your hands frequently .
In addition, you should avoid using the collar against fleas and ticks in elderly, allergic, pregnant, lactating or convalescing dogs.