Effective Flea and Tick Medication
Two of the most effective flea and tick medication are both Topical and Oral Medicines. Topical medication is applied directly on the skin of the dog and it requires monthly application. The location where you apply topical medication is between the shoulder blades or at the base of the neck. It contains ingredients that repel and kill fleas and ticks on the spot and the reason why it is called “spot-on”. This prevents fleas and ticks to reside in your dog’s fur and it is very effective and very much unlike oral medicines where the fleas and ticks have to bite the dog first before they get poisoned and killed.
Both oral and topical medication contain ingredients that slowly repel fleas and ticks, but topical medicine spreads to the entire body of your dog through its natural oil on its fur, and are then embedded into the skin pores of your dog. There will be a slow release of this chemical which is deposited in the skin pores through a month’s time. Because they are hidden underneath the skin and is water-resistant, moisture does not affect these chemical and therefore allows your pet to continue to swim and bathe even after the application of this medicine. The most commonly used products are spot on products since they can prevent ticks and fleas from even coming near but they also cause discomfort to your pet and sometimes their skin get irritated.
Oral medicine is also a preventive measure but is very much different from spot-on products since it prevents other parasites found inside the dog’s body. IN combination with other medication, oral medicine also helps prevent heartworm, roundworm, hookworm, and whipworms.
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Closely resembling spot on products are flea and tick collars that can also help prevent flea and ticks from residing on the dog’s body. The correct use of this collar can be very effective. Flea collars are convenient to use and prove highly effective during infestation, especially if your pet spends a lot of time outdoors.
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Another option is a dip or a solution where the dog immerses in and when the product is allowed to dry on the skin. However, you should not let the dog dip frequently since this takes away the natural oil found in your dog’s fur and it can dry up.
Whichever method you chose to use, you must ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions of use and disposal. Also keep in mind that along with keeping your pet free from flea and ticks, it is also important to eliminate flea and ticks from the pet’s immediate environment. You can use products like carpet powders, sprays and forgers. If your area is highly infested with fleas, using forgers is very effective.