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Common Types of Tick and Flea Treatments for Pets

When it comes to tick and flea protection for your pets, monthly treatment is crucial. Besides, it is simpler and less costly to avoid infestations and disease than to treat them. We’ve all seen that flea infestation treatments can be very expensive and a huge burden to pet owners, while tick-borne diseases can cause weight loss, pain and other possibly serious side effects to affected animals.

But what particular treatment is going to work for them best? Clearly, this depends on a variety of factors, including the treatments themselves and their unique features. To know which one is right for your pet, it’s a must to know their differences.

Topical Medicines

Topical treatments are applied directly to the skin of your pet so that it is absorbed and becomes part of the gland system that manufactures natural body oils. These oils then distribute the medicine throughout the pet’s body usually over a month. If you have no pets that go outside, you may pick something that only kills fleas. If your pets do spend a lot of time outdoors, get a product that works on fleas as well as ticks. Topicals are normally waterproof, which is a plus if you plan on bathing your pet within treatment.

Oral Tablets

Oral tablets are made for pets in need of speedy flea relief. They begin killing fleas within the first 30 minutes and keep acting up to a day, which means the treatment is meant to be short-term.

Dips

Flea and tick dips are treatments are mixed with water before applied to your dog’s body like a bath, air-dried and finally rinsed off. This kind of treatment can keep fleas and ticks away for up to around a month. Make it a point to protect your pet’s mouth or eyes.

Animal Collars

Regular flea collars repel fleas and ticks by releasing a flea and tick-toxic substance all over the animal’s body. While they offer some amount of protection and are generally inexpensive, your pet may just find them irritating, especially with their powerful odor. Fortunately, new and improved flea collars have been introduced recently. These products kill adult fleas and larva and kills and repel ticks via a slow release technology that enables them to work for a maximum of 8 months, making them quite economical. As well, they are water-resistant and totally odorless.

Shampoos

Flea and tick shampoos usually eliminate adult fleas and ticks at contact and the effect will remain for 5 days to two weeks.

Home Solutions

Driving ticks and fleas away can also be done by spot-treating certain parts of the home or by fogging the entire home. You will find professional pest control services that offer home flea treatments.

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