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The onset of warm days for pet owners brings not only the joy of walking together, but also the problem with fleas and ticks.
Small parasites pose a danger to the health and life of a shaggy household, as they are carriers of infectious diseases.
An excellent remedy against dangerous bloodsuckers is a special flea collar.
Bloodsucker is a flexible plastic tape that has a buckle. The color and size can be selected individually. Some models have reflective stripes. Depending on the principle of action, they are divided into types:
- Ultrasonic - battery powered, repels insects with ultrasound.
- Chemical - on substances destructive to bloodsuckers.
- Biological - on essential oils, herbs.
Biological models have a pungent smell, so not every pet can take it. Symptoms of intolerance are manifested in the form of skin redness.
REFERENCE! Antiparasitic collars for cats and dogs are identical in design and appearance.
Flea and tick chemical accessory contains substances highly toxic to insects... The smell of the product is unpleasant and may cause rejection. The scent will be present as long as it acts on the insects. With its disappearance, the product will turn into an ordinary accessory.
The effectiveness depends on the chemical composition, its manufacturers print on the packaging - diazinone (dimpilate), S-methoprene, fipronil... The proportion of the active substance should not exceed 15%, otherwise not only parasites will suffer. It is impossible to sleep with a pet, on whose neck a fragrant accessory flaunts.
ATTENTION! Ultrasonic models are considered the safest, they do not emit toxins and do not smell. But at the same time, the effectiveness of such a collar is lower than other types, and the cost is higher.
The principle of operation is simple - as soon as it is on the neck of the animal, the deterrent agents (depending on the type) spread throughout the coat. Parasites, sensing danger, flee in large numbers... If there are many bloodsuckers, then this process will be noticeable. The whole antiparasitic operation will take from several hours to several days, depending on the number of pests that have settled.
Pros and cons of protective collars
Protective collars have long occupied their niche in the veterinary market. They have not lost their popularity for several decades. The indisputable advantages of their use are:
- ease of use;
The remedy also has opponents who put forward the following arguments in their favor:
- the real effect is observed only for 2-3 months, although the manufacturers promise half a year;
- not all tapes are moisture resistanttherefore they are not suitable for hunting dogs;
- Strong smellwith which the whole house is impregnated;
- chemical components are strong allergens.
REFERENCE! A pet in a collar will definitely not harm the furniture upholstery, lying on it, unlike antiparasitic aerosols, a drop.
The instructions for the protective agent are simple:
- Unpacking the accessory.
- Unbuckling the buckle.
- Wrap the tape around the pet's neck.
- Fasten the tape so that it fits snugly, but does not choke.
For the tool to work, the accessory must be on the animal at all times. When bathing, the collar can be removed, but it will need to be wrapped in a bag so that the active ingredients do not "fizzle out". It is recommended to remove the tape only in rare and exceptional cases.
IMPORTANT! The average life of the protective tape is 2 months. American and German tapes are effective for 7 months.
The use of a collar involves the following precautions:
- If the tape is ineffective and your pet shows unpleasant symptoms, change brand... Perhaps the model is not right for your pet.
- Buy only those products that have been tested by your friends... When choosing, you should not focus on low cost.
- Do not combine the tape with other antiparasitic agents, it is fraught with hair loss, dermatitis, pet allergies.
- Make sure your pet does not gnaw the tip of the tape, for him it is fraught with poisoning. In this case, conscientious manufacturers indicate the antidote substance in the instructions.
A collar for parasites is considered a cheap means, but this is not entirely true. A high-quality imported model costs a lot. But when you consider the cost of sprays and drops, the benefits are clear.
Prices vary from 50 rubles to 3 thousand rubles... The cost depends on the type of product and its manufacturer. The cheapest option is an accessory from BioFloR (55 rubles). And the branded BAYER will cost 2 thousand 600 rubles.
ATTENTION! You should not buy cheap Chinese models that have overcrowded the market. The effect of their substances is not fully understood, take care of the health of your pet.
Dutch company Beaphar produces a number of products for the healthy life of shaggy pets, including a line of antiparasitic agents.
Dog products contain diazinon (3.6 g / item). Dlina of waterproof tape 65 cm, weight 24 g... The product has an original clasp. Each copy is sealed in a bag, there is a branded box.
The most popular model for dogs - Beaphar ungezieferband... Fights fleas and ticks for 5 months. The tape is suitable for puppies (from six months), but is contraindicated for nursing and sick pets. The maximum effectiveness is shown after 5 days of wearing.
For cats, owners are increasingly choosing Beaphar. The tape contains a natural insecticide - margose extract... Therefore, the tape absolutely safe even for kittens... Ekolent is not inferior in its efficiency to more expensive analogs.
The products have proven themselves in 80 countries around the world. You can buy the product online at an affordable price. average cost for dogs - 185 rubles, for cats - 160 rubles.
If you decide to protect your pet from bloodsuckers using a collar, choose it very carefully, after reading the composition and instructions. Give preference to trusted manufacturers. Saving in this matter is dangerous for the life of the pet.