When it comes to dog flea protection, dog flea collars are an old standby. They’re easy to find because they’re available almost everywhere – in pet stores, drug stores and even some grocery stores.
Dog flea collars are easy to use. You simply fasten it around your dog’s neck and then cut off any excess material. In general, they will provide flea protection for as long as five months.
Here are seven of the more popular dog flea collars available, along with one all-natural alternative.
Zodiac 5-Month Flea & Tick Collars For Dogs
This easy-to-use collar will kill fleas and lyme disease-carrying ticks for as long as five months. It is also said to work even when wet. The Zodiac collar is designed to kill adult fleas and should start killing fleas as soon as it is placed around your dog’s neck. The Zodiac collar will also provide protection against fleas within a few days and should continue to provide continuous protection for up to five months.
To use this collar, you simply buckle it around your dog’s neck so that you can fit 2-3 fingers between it and the dog’s neck. The Zodiac 5-Month Flea & Tick Collars For Dogs’ active ingredient is propoxur.
The Zodiac Flea and Tick Collar usually costs around $6 – $7.
Adams Flea & Tick Collar For Dogs
This collar comes in two sizes – regular and for large dogs. It kills fleas while, at the same time, killing flea eggs and larvae, to prevent re-infestation. The Adams Flea and Tick Collar is fast acting as it begins to work immediately when placed around your dog’s neck. It will provide continued protection for up to five months and is waterproof.
The collar’s main ingredients are Propoxur and S-Methoprene
You can usually purchase the Adams Flea & Tick Collar for about $7.
PREVENTEF-D Flea and Tick Collar For Dogs
This collar, which contains deltamethrin insecticide, uses what the manufacturer describes as patented, insecticide-release technology. As a result, the product will kill adult fleas on the dog and provide flea protection for up to six months. It is adjustable and the one size will fit most dogs.
The PREVENTEF-D Flea and Tick Collar for Dogs sells for $7.49.
Double Duty Flea and Tick Collar
This collar is manufactured by Sergeant’s and is said to provide a simple solution to flea and tick problems on your dog. All you need to do is put the collar on your dog and fleas, flea eggs and ticks will immediately begin to die and fall off the dog.
The Double Duty Flea and Tick Collar usually retails for about $7.
Bio Spot Flea & Tick Collar For Dogs
This flea collar also provides five-month flea and tick protection and kills both fleas and ticks, including those that carry Lyme disease. It is fast acting for fleas and provides continuous protection even when wet.
The Bio Spot Flea & Tick Collar for Dogs generally retails for about $10.
Hartz Ultra Guard Plus Flea Collar For Dogs
The Hartz UltraGuard Plus Flea Collar contains both an insecticide, Rabon, to kill adult fleas and ticks, and an insect growth regulator, Vigren, to kill the flea eggs before they can hatch. It is said to be effective for as long as seven months and it will begin killing fleas immediately.
If you have a debilitated, aged or medicated dog, be sure to consult a veterinarian before using this product. Also, any collar irritates some dogs if it is applied too tightly.
This collar repels fleas and ticks, has a clean, fresh scent, and is water resistant. It can usually be purchased for around $4.
Hartz® UltraGuard Plus™ Flea & Tick Collar For Dogs And Puppies With Reflect-X
The manufacture of this collar says it represents effective, complete protection against fleas and ticks. It is a white collar with silver reflecting band that reflects light for up to 450 feet for nighttime safety.
The unique Hartz UltraGuard Plus Flea Collar will also break the flea’s lifecycle to keep the dog protected. It also focuses the pesticide towards the dog and away from you.
The Hartz UltraGuard Plus Flea Collar can generally be purchased for around $4.
An All-Natural Dog Flea Collar
If you would prefer to keep harsh chemicals away from your dog, there is an all-natural alternative dog collar. It is called the Play Dead Herbal Collar is made with all natural oils, repels fleas, and is said to smell great.
The Play Dead Herbal Collar infuses essential oils into beads of plastic before the plastic is molded onto the collar. So the oils are spread throughout the collar for an even and safe application.
The ingredients in this collar include oil of pennyroyal, oil of eucalyptus, oil of cedar wood, oil of citronella, and oil of rue.
The Play Dead Herbal Collar usually retails for around $5.
The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Dog Flea Collars
There are three advantages to dog flea collars. First, they are easy to obtain, as they are available in many different retail outlets, as well as online pet stores. Second they are inexpensive, as even a “costly” dog flea collar will rarely be more than seven dollars. And, third, they are easy to apply – you simply fasten it around your dog’s neck and presto! The collar will immediately go to work killing fleas and should provide from 5-7 months of protection from fleas.
However, dog flea collars are no longer considered to be a very effective solution. The reason for this is while they will kill flea eggs, most of these collars are not strong enough to actually kill adult fleas. A much better solution for killing adult fleas is a dog flea medicine. However, if your dog does not yet have fleas, then a dog flea collar can be a good preventative measure against a flea infestation.
Overall Effectiveness Of Dog Flea Treatements
In terms of overall effectiveness, the flea medicines – both those that are applied topically and those that are oral – are considered to be number one flea fighters. These are followed by flea sprays, then flea powders and with dog flea collars last.
Your dog doesn’t have to suffer from fleas. Flea medicines and sprays are easy to find and apply and relatively inexpensive. So if you find your dog scratching like crazy, take heart. He can lose those fleas in no time and stay protected for as long as a month or more.