There are various products that can help in the struggle. Others provide protection against both. Some, along with fleas and ticks, add security against other parasites, such as mosquitoes or lice. There are those that concentrate on immediately killing parasites on your pet, but provide no long-term protection. Deciding which one works best for your pet comes down to your pet’s requirements and your particular environment.
Your vet will make a recommendation based on a variety of factors: where you live, your dog’s health, and other pets and children in the household. This might seem complex, but comes down to two activities: killing fleas and ticks in your pet at this time and preventing ticks and fleas from attacking in the future.
If your pet has fleas at this time, you can treat with medicated shampoos and sprays, or a fast kill pill is effective within a couple of hours.
If your pet has ticks, eliminate those that are attached. Check your pet’s head and neck region very carefully, as this appears to be a frequent spot for ticks to snack.
The next part of the struggle against fleas and ticks is keeping them from coming back. These medications are known as preventatives. 1 popular preventative strategy is a topical medication that you put directly in your pet’s skin once per month. Not all topical medicines are created the same. 1 product sold in shops for example works for puppies but is detrimental for cats. You must be aware of the difference to know which products you want for your pet and how to use the product. One spreads protection by placing oils onto the pet’s fur. To use, pull the fur back and then apply the product directly to your skin, beginning with a spot on the neck and then one or two other spots down the back. Use the liquid in areas where your pet is unlikely to lick it off. In a few days the medication will disperse and your pet will be protected throughout his/her body.
The ideal time to apply the topical medicine is at night, right before your pet goes to sleep and the kids are in bed. There are a couple hours at the time for the liquid to begin working until your pet rolls around or the children start playing together. Additionally, it’s an excellent idea not to clean your pet for a few days before or after applying the medication so the oils remain in the fur.
Additional topicals are applied on the skin but are absorbed directly into your pet’s blood. If you opt for this method you need only use the liquid in 1 spot, at the peak of the shoulders or the back of the neck. After applying any topicals, wash your hands and do not touch the wet area.
Protective Collars are just another way to keep ticks and fleas off your pet. You need to change protective collars about every 3 months.
Sprays may be another alternative. Read the instructions on the bottle or can.
Speak with Your Veterinarian
Your vet will customize a flea and tick prevention program that works best for your pet and your family where you live. Enjoy the season with parasite free, healthy pets!