Dealing with Flea and Tick Problems of Your Pet
Two of the most effective flea and tick medication are both Topical and Oral Medicines. The topical, which are external, requires monthly application except that instead of orally taking in the medicine, it is applied directly on the skin of the dog. They are usually applied between the shoulder blades or at the base of the neck. The ingredients of topical medication helps to kill fleas and ticks on the spot and that is why they are also called spot-on medication. 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. In over a month’s time, this chemical deposited in the skin will slowly be released. 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 side effects of topical mediation is discomfort to your dog and sometimes skin irritation, but they are the most common and effective flea and tick preventive medication.
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. Heartworm, roundworm, hookworm, and whipworms are also prevent by oral medicine in combination with other medication.
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Flea and tick collars are another product that closely resembles the spot-on product. The correct use of this collar can be very effective. 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. Your dog’s fur can dry up and natural oil in your dog’s fur is removed due to frequent use of this dip.
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. Eliminating flea and ticks in the environment can be done using carpet powder, spray, and forgers. Forgers are especially effective for outdoors and very useful in highly flea infested areas.