Find reviews for the best dog flea collars below – newly updated for 2018! A flea collar for dogs is one of the most popular ways of treating fleas and ticks and keeping your dog healthy and fit. Most flea and tick collars are inexpensive, last several months and are a fast and easy way to solve an age-old problem. In our reviews of dog flea and tick collars, we looked at the chemicals used in the product, the effectiveness of the collar and the overall look, price and durability of the flea collar. After reviewing the dog flea collars on the market, we have chosen the top dog flea collars:
Even though we recommend all of the products above, we do have our favorites. And with any dog flea and tick products used on our beloved pets, it’s important to consult your vet should you have any questions or concerns regarding the use of a dog and flea collar. Below are more detailed reviews of the products we recommend above. And for a quick and easy glance, note the star rating of each dog flea and tick collar.
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Ranking & Reviews – Best Dog Flea & Tick Collars
The Inspector Flea, Tick & Worm Collar for Dogs comes in two sizes; a 25 inch and a 29.4 inch for large dogs. Both are a brownish color and can be cut to size. The manufacturer states the collar is good for 4 months and is water-proof. Ingredients include Fibronil, Pyriproxifen and Ivermectin. Manufacturer claims the collar is also effective against 11 types of parasites, including Uncinaria, Trichuris, Toxocara. We give the Inspector Flea, Tick & Worm Collar for Dogs Review our FOUR STAR rating.
The Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar for large Dogs is a best seller at most online stores and pet stores. It is made by the Bayer corporation, who also manufactures the chemical used in many other dog flea and tick collars. It is also one of the more expensive collars compared to others. The manufacturer claims that it is effective for 8 months. Unlike many of the other collars, we detected no smell once opening the package. We also agree with others about the quality of this dog flea collar and that it’s one of the best 8 month flea collars. So we give the Bayer Seresto Flea and Tick Collar for Dogs our highest exclusive rating of FIVE STARS.
The Adams Flea and Tick Collar for Dogs and Puppies is a one-size fits all, cut to size gray collar. This review is for the two pack product. The active ingredient is Deltamethrin, an insecticide belonging to the pyrethroid family. Pyrethroids are the man-made versions of pyrethrins, natural insecticides from chrysanthemum flower. The collar is water resistant. We give the Adams Flea and Tick Collar for Dogs and Puppies product FOUR STARS.
The Anion Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs – Flea Collar for Dogs is a one-size fits all. The collar is adjustable from small dogs to large dogs. The collar is odorless and is water-resistant. We give the Anion Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs – Flea Collar for Dogs product THREE STARS.
The Rolf Club 3D FLEA Collar for Dogs comes in three different lengths; 15.6 inches, 25.4 inches and for large dogs, 29.5 inches. The product is imported and made in Germany. It has an exclusive formula that results in a 6 month effective length of time and is waterproof. The dog flea collar is effective against fleas, their larvae, ticks and mosquitoes. Somewhat strong collar odor at first, but quickly goes away. We think this is one of the best 6 month flea collars and give the Rolf Club 3D FLEA Collar for Dogs our best FIVE STAR ranking!.
When reviewing products, remember to compare the length of effectiveness to the price of the product. Also be aware of any reported odors or problems with the length and/or clasp of the dog’s flea collar.
Do Flea Collars Have Side Effects?
While most flea collars are perfectly safe and effective for most dogs, sometimes there might be unexpected side effects. Possible side-effects your dog may experience while wearing a flea collar are:
- Irritation and scratching
- Redness on collar area
- Possible hair loss on collar area
- Vomiting & lethargy (possible allergic reaction)
Most dogs will not show any side-effects from wearing a flea collar. However, most commercial flea collars do contain insecticides or other chemicals as the active ingredient for flea and tick control.
The flea collar works by exuding the drugs or chemicals into the hair follicles and glands of your dog’s neck and upper back. This moves or kills the fleas and ticks from the dog’s upper neck, ears, and neck to lower parts of your dogs body. They will, in most cases, then either fall off or die.
However, in some cases, your dog may have an allergic reaction to the flea collar. This is usually caused by an allergy reaction to one or more of the chemicals contained within the collar. Should this happen, it’s very important to remove the collar immediately and take your pet to your vet as soon as possible.
Less severe side-effects usually involve the area around the newly placed flea collar. These potential side effects may include the dog scratching or itching around the collar. As well as possible hair loss or redness around the area of the collar. It is important to continue to watch and observe your pet to make sure these side-effects are not the beginnings of a more severe allergic reaction to the collar. Should your dog exhibit any unusual side-effects after placing a flea collar on your dog, your should take them to your vet as soon as possible.
What Are Dog Flea Collars Made Of?
Dog flea collars are made from a variety of materials. What they are made from, and how they are made, has a lot to do with whether they are chemically or naturally based. Here are what different types of dog flea and tick collars are made from;
- Plastic Resins (Chemical Flea Collars)
- Leather (Natural Flea Collars)
- Cloth Bandana (Natural Flea Collars)
- Other natural material (Natural Flea Collars)
Chemical Flea Collars
A chemical flea collar is made from plastic that’s been mixed with pesticide with the end result being a strip that can be fastened around the dog’s neck. The collar should be loose enough to fit two fingers inside of it, but no looser than that. (Owners should cut off any excess on the flea collar as they’re typically made to be one-size-fits-all.) Every flea collar is different in terms of how long they last, but they’re generally effective for several months or more. Flea collars are tried and true ways of preventing an infestation on smaller dogs, though they can leave the hindquarters of the dog exposed.
Natural Flea Collars
While manufacturers of flea collars swear up and down that their collars are perfectly safe for any pup out there, some people find the idea of exposing their dogs to chemicals unsettling. A natural flea collar will be more work, but it’s also less expensive and a more natural choice for a dog. All an owner needs is a collar or bandana, cedar or lavender oil, and water. Once the mixture has been applied and rubbed into the collar, it can be placed on the dog to repel fleas and ticks. Owners can also use this mixture on the dog’s tail to keep the dog’s body entirely protected. The mixture will typically need to be applied every week to get the best results.