Treating adult fleas is never an easy task. You barely notice that they have already infested your pooch and, when you do, nothing seems to last longer than a week. This can be rather frustrating and, on top of being a total nuisance, fleas can be downright dangerous. So, you want to get rid of any flea infestations as quickly as possible. However, as you have probably come to realize discovering that your dog has an infestation is the easy part. Finding the right medicine for the infestation, however, can be quite the journey.
Every pet owner, on the realization that their pooch has been infested, has to decide which is the best flea treatment to administer to their pooch. Obviously, most of us tend to settle for the first treatment we come across. And that might not always be the best treatment for your dog. Like humans, dogs can also develop allergic reactions to certain medications. So, you might want to be careful and consider consulting with a vet before you administer any drugs. However, if you already know what works for your dog but are confused which treatment fairs better between Sentinel and Trifexis, you’re in luck! In today’s piece, we will be doing an in-depth comparison of these two major all-in-one preventative flea treatments. We are confident that, with this information, you will be in a better position to make a more informed decision.
Similarities Between Sentinel and Trifexis
- Both Sentinel and Trifexis contain an active ingredient called Milbemycin Oxime which treats and controls whipworms, roundworms, and hookworms.
- They come in tablet form and have a nice beefy flavor which makes it a whole lot easier to administer the dose.
- They are both to be given once a month.
Sentinel vs.Trifexis: The Differences
Sentinel vs.Trifexis: Price
Sentinel and Trifexis might be similar in many ways but when it comes to price—that’s where the real disparity is. Costing $99.99, Trifexis is certainly pricier than Sentinel which costs a far more attractive $42.24 for the same 6-pack dose. If you’re on a budget, then the Sentinel tablets would definitely make more economical sense but if you don’t mind splurging a few more bucks, then Trifexis is definitely one you’d want to give a try.
Sentinel vs.Trifexis: Effectiveness
The effectiveness of just about any medication you can think of depends on whether you’re taking it right and if you’re following the prescriptions to the letter. However, there are other slight but significant determinants that include the weight of the pooch and how old the dog is. For instance, whereas Sentinel can be administered to puppies at that are about four weeks old, Trifexis can only be given to dogs and puppies that are eight weeks old. As for the weight requirements, while Sentinel can be given to puppies as small as two pounds in weight, Trifexis can only be given to puppies that weigh five pounds and above.
Sentinel vs.Trifexis: Side Effects
With both Sentinel and Trifexis, chances of allergic reactions are pretty slim. Almost non-existent I would say. However, while side effects are rare, they are not entirely non-existent.One of the most notable side effects of both treatments is vomiting. Well, Trifexis has a few less likely side effects but possible side effects all the same.
Sentinel vs.Trifexis: Reviews
If ratings and reviews are anything to go by, Sentinel tramps Trifexis with a 4.4-star rating. However, Trifexis isn’t doing so badly itself considering it follows closely behind with a 3.7-star rating average.
Sentinel vs.Trifexis: Chemical Properties
Regarding the chemical properties, Sentinel contains Lufenuron which not only prevents the flea eggs from developing but also prohibits the flea’s life cycle continuation. However, if you’re looking for something that will totally wipe out the fleas from the vicinity, Trifexis should do just fine. It contains Spinosad which is known to kill all biting fleas within four hours of application.
How to Administer Sentinel and Trifexis
Luckily, both Sentinel and Trifexis come in tablet form which makes it easy to administer them orally once a month. However, the dosing is largely dependant with the weight and age of the dog you’re treating.
Also, it is important to remember that, just as with humans,you have to ensure that your dog has a proper diet to ensure proper absorption of the medication into the bloodstream.
However, generally speaking, you shouldn’t have too much trouble administering the medication because dogs generally like the beef flavored taste of Sentinel and Trifexis. However, you have to ensure that your dog actually chews the medication which is the hard part.
|Sentinel||§ It is reasonably priced.
§ It is beef flavored which makes your dog will be happy eating it without any hassle.
§ It prevents heartworms along with preventing and controlling fleas.
§ It doesn’t leave behind any residue like most spot-on treatments do.
|It is not waterproof and so you might have to reapply after bathing your pooch.
While it begins working almost immediately, pre-existing flea populations might continue to develop.
|Trifexis||§ It kills 100% of the fleas in sight within 4 hours of application.
§ It is a combination of flea medication, heartworm prevention, and intestinal parasite control.
|It can have some adverse reactions including vomiting, lethargy, itching, decreased appetite, and diarrhea.
It only kills fleas. So, if your dog is infected with ticks you won’t have much luck treating those with this treatment.
The Bottom Line
Both Sentinel and Trifexis are no doubt great treatments for a flea-infested pooch. And, although they are similar in many ways, they also have a bunch of glaring differences that make them individually unique from each other. However, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly option, it doesn’t get any cheaper than Sentinel. It is reasonably priced, has a nice beef flavored taste that’s enticing and can be administered to puppies as young as four weeks old which is a plus.