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How can I protect my dog from fleas and ticks?

Fleas and ticks are hard to avoid. They live in the same environments as your dog—indoors and outdoors—and can grow rapidly in number. For example, one female tick can lay as many as 5,000 eggs over a lifetime. And fleas can hide in your carpeting or furniture.

These parasites can be more than just annoyances. Ticks can transmit numerous diseases to your dog, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Fleas can cause itching, skin allergies, and yucky tapeworm infections. Mosquitoes may spread heartworm infection, which can be serious and is becoming more and more common.

Effectively controlling fleas and ticks often requires a multipronged approach. You may want to consider a 3-step defense that covers your dog, your home, and your yard. This can help reduce the number of fleas and ticks in your dog’s environment, your dog’s exposure to them, and the risks of disease caused by them.

Below are some important products that Virbac has developed to control fleas, ticks, and more. Talk to your veterinarian about how these products may be used to best protect your dog. As with any treatment, always listen to your veterinarian’s instructions and read the product label.

Our Products
EFFITIX<sup>®</sup> Topical Solution for Dogs

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EFFITIX<sup>®</sup> Topical Solution for Dogs

EFFITIX® Topical Solution for Dogs

Kills and repels ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes; kills lice and aids in the control of sarcoptic mites; and repels and prevents blood feeding by biting flies.  FOR USE ONLY ON DOGS 8 WEEKS OLD OR OLDER. DO NOT USE ON CATS.

Your Questions Our Answers

Can EFFITIX Topical Solution for Dogs be used on my pregnant dog?

Virbac recommends consulting with a veterinarian before using this product on pregnant or nursing dogs.

What side effects can be observed with use of EFFITIX Topical Solution for Dogs?

Individual sensitivities, while rare, may occur after using ANY pesticide product. Dogs may experience some temporary irritation at the site of product application. If signs of sensitivity occur, bathe your dog with mild soap or shampoo and rinse with large amounts of water. If signs of sensitivity occur and persist, contact a veterinarian immediately. If your dog has an unusual reaction to the initial application, consult a veterinarian before repeating application. Certain medications can interact with pesticides. Consult a veterinarian before using on medicated, debilitated, aged, pregnant or nursing dogs, or animals known to be sensitive to pesticide products.

Can I use EFFITIX Topical Solution for Dogs on other animals?

This product is indicated for EXTERNAL USE ON DOGS ONLY. DO NOT USE ON CATS.  DO NOT USE ON OTHER ANIMALS. 

What is the age restriction for use of EFFITIX Topical Solution for Dogs?

This product is indicated for use in dogs and puppies 8 weeks of age or older.

Is EFFITIX Topical Solution for Dogs waterproof?

Yes. EFFITIX Topical Solution for Dogs remains effective after bathing, water immersion, or exposure to rain or sunlight.

What pests does EFFITIX® Topical Solution for Dogs kill and how often should I apply it?

EFFITIX Topical Solution for Dogs kills fleas, ticks, mosquitos, lice, and aids in the control of sarcoptic mites. It should be applied once monthly as it has persistent efficacy through 30 days. EFFITIX Topical Solution for Dogs contains the active ingredients fipronil and permethrin, which control infestations caused by fleas, ticks, and lice. It also repels fleas, ticks, biting flies and mosquitoes.  


PREVENTIC<sup>®</sup> Tick Collar for Dogs

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PREVENTIC<sup>®</sup> Tick Collar for Dogs

PREVENTIC® Tick Collar for Dogs

Recommended by veterinarians, this tick collar prevents attachment and kills ticks for 3 months. Do not use on puppies under 12 weeks of age. DO NOT USE ON CATS.

Your Questions Our Answers

Can a dog wear a PREVENTIC Tick Collar for Dogs and live with a cat?

Amitraz is highly toxic to cats.  Please contact your veterinarian regarding the appropriate preventive for your particular household. 

Will the PREVENTIC Collar still work if my dog is out in the rain?

The effectiveness of the collar is not diminished by normal wetting such as rainfall; however, it is suggested that the collar be removed before bathing. 

How long does it take for the PREVENTIC Collar to start working?

PREVENTIC Tick Collar for Dogs starts working within 24 hours and continues as long as the collar is worn (up to 90 days).

Will a PREVENTIC Tick Collar for Dogs kill fleas?

This product does not control fleas.

Can I apply a PREVENTIC® Tick Collar for Dogs to a pregnant or lactating dog?

Virbac does not have any safety studies with use on pregnant or lactating dogs. Consult a veterinarian before using on pregnant or nursing dogs. 

NOTICE:  The product contains an ingredient known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.  Wash hands thoroughly after applying this product.  Dispose of as instructed on the product label.  


ECTO-SOOTHE<sup>®</sup> 3X Emollient Oatmeal Pesticidal Shampoo

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ECTO-SOOTHE<sup>®</sup> 3X Emollient Oatmeal Pesticidal Shampoo

ECTO-SOOTHE® 3X Emollient Oatmeal Pesticidal Shampoo

This oatmeal-based pesticidal shampoo kills fleas, ticks, and lice as it soothes and moisturizes the itchy, irritated skin these parasites cause. Do not use on puppies under 12 weeks of age.


PYRETHRIN DIP

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PYRETHRIN DIP

PYRETHRIN DIP

This pleasant-smelling concentrate kills and repels fleas, ticks, lice, gnats, mosquitoes, and flies. Do not use on puppies under 12 weeks of age.

Your Questions Our Answers

How frequently can I use PYRETHRIN DIP?

Do not reapply more often than once every 7 days.

Is there an age restriction on use of PYRETHRIN DIP?

Do not use on puppies or kittens less than 12 weeks of age.


KNOCKOUT™ Area Treatment

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KNOCKOUT™ Area Treatment

KNOCKOUT™ Area Treatment

Protect your home from fleas and ticks with this aerosol spray that kills adult fleas and ticks and sterilizes flea eggs for up to 4 months. Covers approximately 2,000 square feet.

Your Questions Our Answers

Can I use KNOCKOUT Area Treatment on a cat or dog?

The spray is intended to treat the environment.  DO NOT TREAT PETS with these products. Since adult fleas live and feed on animals, use a registered flea control product on your pet(s) in conjunction with this treatment.  Please consult with your veterinarian to decide which product is best for your pet(s). Virbac manufactures and markets registered flea and tick products such as EFFITIX® Topical Solution for Dogs and EFFIPRO® Topical Solution for Cats for this purpose.

How do I apply KNOCKOUTTM Area Treatment?

SHAKE WELL BEFORE EACH USE. Hold can 2 or 3 feet from surfaces to be treated. Be sure to apply uniformly using a sweeping motion to carpets, rugs, drapes, and all surfaces of upholstered furniture. Be sure to treat pet bedding as this is a primary hiding place for fleas. No need to remove pet bedding after treatment. DO NOT TREAT PETS. Use a registered flea control product on your pets in conjunction with this treatment.  Repeat as necessary. Avoid wetting furniture and carpeting. A fine mist or spray applied uniformly is all that is necessary to kill fleas and ticks.


KNOCKOUT™ E.S. Area Treatment

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KNOCKOUT™ E.S. Area Treatment

KNOCKOUT™ E.S. Area Treatment

Protect your home from fleas and ticks with this aerosol spray that kills adult fleas and ticks and prevents flea infestation for up to 7 months. Covers approximately 2,100 square feet.

Your Questions Our Answers

Can I use KNOCKOUT E.S. Area Treatment on a cat or dog?

The spray is intended to treat the environment.  DO NOT TREAT PETS with these products. Since adult fleas live and feed on animals, use a registered flea control product on your pet(s) in conjunction with this treatment.  Please consult with your veterinarian to decide which product is best for your pet(s). Virbac manufactures and markets registered flea and tick products such as EFFITIX® Topical Solution for Dogs and EFFIPRO® Topical Solution for Cats for this purpose.

How do I apply KNOCKOUT E.S. Area Treatment?

SHAKE WELL before use.  Cover aquariums and fish bowls and remove birds from area prior to application. Use KNOCKOUT E.S. Area Treatment at the rate of 16 oz. for up to 2100 sq. ft. (8 oz. for up to 1050 sq. ft.). Carpeted areas may be vacuumed before application and after treated carpet has dried. Treat infested areas or areas which could be infested; these include carpets, rugs, upholstered furniture, pet beds and pet resting areas. Hold can at arm's length and direct spray toward the area to be treated. Use a sweeping motion to apply product and back away from treated area while holding the can 36 inches away from the surface being treated. Area of 80-100 sq. ft. can be treated in approximately 10 seconds with KNOCKOUT E.S. Area Treatment. When treating upholstered furniture, treat under cushions and areas where flea development occurs. Only protected applicators may be in the treatment area during application.   

It is very frustrating trying to rid fleas from my home.  What other factors should I consider to successfully kill fleas?

None of the ingredients in KNOCKOUT™ E.S. Area Treatment affect the pupae life stage of the flea life cycle.  Adult fleas may be observed 2-4 weeks after the initial treatment since fleas previously in the protected pupae are hatching and emerging.  Adult fleas may be seen in treated areas when brought in on infested animals or when adults emerge from pupal cases; however, a population will not develop in the treated areas.


KNOCKOUT™ Room & Area Fogger

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KNOCKOUT™ Room & Area Fogger

KNOCKOUT™ Room & Area Fogger

This total-release fogger kills adult fleas and ticks and sterilizes fleas and their eggs for up to 7 months. Treats 6,000 cubic feet.


YARD SPRAY CONCENTRATE

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YARD SPRAY CONCENTRATE

YARD SPRAY CONCENTRATE

A ready-to-use insecticide concentrate that covers up to 6,000 square feet of outdoor space. Will not harm grass or foliage when used as directed. Comes with a convenient hose-end spray applicator.

Your Questions Our Answers

When can I re-treat my yard with YARD SPRAY CONCENTRATE?

The area can be treated every 7 to 14 days.

How many square feet does one bottle of YARD SPRAY CONCENTRATE cover? 

When used as directed, one bottle will treat 6,000 square feet.

What are the dilution instructions if I decide to use YARD SPRAY CONCENTRATE in a hand held sprayer?

Mix 2 fluid ounces of the concentrate per 1 gallon of water.

When can I allow pets outside after treating the yard with YARD SPRAY CONCENTRATE?

It is advised that no people or pets enter the treated area until it is completely dry.


If you have questions about any of these products or specific concerns about your pet’s health, print out our Checkup Checklist and contact your veterinarian.