Different Types of Flea and Tick Medication
If you are looking for the best flea and tick medication, the best ones are the topical and oral medicines. When you use topical mediation, it is not something that your pet takes in but is usually applied directly on your pet’s skin which you are required to do monthly. They are usually applied between the shoulder blades or at the base of the neck. Since fleas and ticks are killed on the spot with this mediation, it is aptly called ‘spot-on’ medication. This is a very effective preventive since it kills fleas and ticks on the spot thereby preventing them to reside in the dog’s fur unlike oral medication where the flea and tick has to bite the dog before it gets to the poison that kills them.
Both contains ingredients that slowly repel but topical medicine ,upon naturally spreading on the entire body of your dog through the pet’s natural oil on its hair, are then embedded into the skin pores of your dog. This deposited chemical is then slowly release over 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.
Unlike the Topical version, Oral medicine has a preventive measure that is not similar to spot-on products but is well founded because it covers a wider scope of preventing other parasite found inside the body of your dog. This medicine is usually combined with other medication to 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. This is very effective if used correctly. Flea collars are convenient to use and can prevent infestation especially when you pet is always outdoors.
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Another preventive is to let a dog immerse in a dip which is then allowed to dry on the skin afterwards. 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.
Always follow manufacturer’s instructions for use and disposal of the product that you choose. Is it not only the elimination of flea and ticks on your dog that is important, but you also need to make sure that the surrounding environment is free from flea and ticks. Carpet powder, spray, and forgers can be used to do this. Forgers are especially effective for outdoors and very useful in highly flea infested areas.