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Guide to Flea and Tick Preventive Medication The idea of simply picking up what seems to be the best flea and tick preventive medication that has been passed around in mainstream and social media might not be what is best for your dog. What you need to do first before even soaking yourself with what is available in the market, is to consider first yourself and your pet’s lifestyle. Each pet owner has various behavioral manners towards their pet that can contribute to the decision of which option is best to pick. This includes age, breed, health status, and any current medication -all of which has be considered or brought to the attention of your vet. IT is important for us to have an understanding of what the flea and tick preventives are available in the market today since there are many brands, application methods, and each of them have their corresponding pros and cons, and the purpose of this is so that when you visit your vet, you will not just accept what he recommends to you but you can engage him in an intelligent discussion of what is the best one for your pet. Spot on products or topical medication is the most popular form of flea and tick preventive. Topical products are applied to a pet’s skin between the shoulder blades or at the base of the neck. It contains ingredients that repel and kill fleas and ticks, as well as mosquitoes. The chemical is actually deposited into the dog’s skin since it spreads all over the pet’s entire body. Over several weeks’ time, this deposited chemical is then released slowly. Even if your dog takes a bath or goes swimming, the chemical continues to work, and it is also very convenient to use. Remember to allow the product to dry, and do not let kids and any other pets stay near until it has fully dried.
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Oral medication is becoming more popular, as it takes away the worry of seeing to it that those chemicals found under topical medication have to dry up first. The problem with oral medication is that it has no ability to repel fleas and ticks just by simply taking it. The only way that the poison will have effect is when they attack and bite your pet. But there are some oral medication that does not only kill fleas and ticks, but also prevent heartworm disease in dogs and kills internal parasites like roundworms, hook worms, and whipworms. Side effects of oral fleas and tick preventive medications are generally few, but can include vomiting and diarrhea.
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Spray, a relatively inexpensive method is also available. There are flea and tick preventive powders which you simply dust over the entire body of your pet. Then shampoo and dips are concentrated liquids that are also available.