The Beginner’s Guide to Dogs

Choosing the Right Tick and Flea Treatment

There exists so many flea and tick control types of applications that it may leave you confused on which ones to use. The manufacturer or brand doesn’t matter as the delivery system to get rid of the problem. Whether you are dealing with fleas or ticks, coming up with a flea nd tick control or treating program is essential. Read on to find out the widely used flea and tick treatment methods.

Normally, the topical treatments are used on the outer skin of the pet. This medicine is applied to the head between the shoulders. This prevents the dog from licking off the medicine after application. They work well and are effective in any good Flea and Tick control program. These applications are designed to kill adult fleas within 24 hours. They also kill the flea eggs and larvae to prevent all the stages of fleas from developing. The topical liquids also kill all stages of major ticks including the ones that spread the Lyme disease. They can be used on puppies eight weeks and older.

Sprays and Mists
These products are applied from a spray bottle. They can be used on cats, puppies, dogs and kittens too control ticks, fleas, and flea larvae. They contain Insect Growth Regulator and offer quick relief by killing adult fleas and ticks on contact. It also continually kills flea eggs, breaking the flea life cycle. The the residual effect of the medicines prevent re-infestation. Sprays continue to be effective for up to a month and are ideal for controlling pests in a large area of infestation.

The dips are used for the quick execution of fleas and ticks. For active treatment, you dip the pest in a solution up to their neck or clean their whole body. Shampoos are another option but don’t have residual prevention against the pests.

Oral Medications: Oral medications are chewable tablets for your pet. Normally, they have a short span of effectiveness of 24 hours. They can be administered to the pet on a daily basis.

Collars
The flea and tick collars are available for both dogs and cats. The collars are of different sizes to fit the different neck sizes of the pets. They are plastics and over time release insecticides to kill ticks or fleas.

Fleas and ticks are a cause for many problems including diseases. A pet that is infested with fleas will continuously scratch. Flea saliva causes dermatitis which leads to biting and scratching of the animal. Additionally, since fleas and ticks feed on blood, a pet that is severely infested may become anemic or even succumb to blood loss. Thus the idea to have the ticks and fleas controlled using the most appropriate treatment methods.

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