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Common Types of Tick and Flea Treatments for Pets

Monthly treatment is important to protect your pets from ticks and fleas. After all, protecting your pets from infestations and disease is much easier and cheaper compared to treating them following a diagnosis. 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 specific treatment will benefit 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 Approach

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. Through these oils, the medicine will be distributed all over the pet’s body typically within a month’s time. If you have no pets that go outside, you may pick something that only kills fleas. If your pets do go outside a lot, consider a product that acts on both fleas and ticks. Topicals are normally waterproof, which is a plus if you plan on bathing your pet within treatment.

Oral Tablets

Oral tablets are specifically for pets that require quick 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 diluted with water and directly applied to your pet like a bath, allowed to air dry, and then rinsed off. This treatment can provide flea and tick protection for up to 35 days. Be sure to keep the product out of 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. They will be able to provide some protection and are often cheap, but your pet may not like them especially because of their strong odor. Fortunately, flea collars have been improved over time. 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

Parts of the home may be spot-treated with different products or fogged all throughout to keep ticks and fleas away. You will find professional pest control services that offer home flea treatments.

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