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Understanding the Different 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 easier and less expensive to protect your pets from infestations and disease than it is to treat them after a diagnosis. Most of us have seen just how costly and burdensome treating a flea infestation can be, while a tick-borne disease can bring pain, weight loss and many other serious side effects to animals.

But what treatment in particular will be best for them? Apparently, this depends on many factors, including the treatments themselves. To know which one is right for your pet, it’s a must to know their differences.

Topical Treatments

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 spread the medicine all over the pet’s body normally within a 30-day period. If your pets don’t normally go outside, just get a product that acts on fleas (all life stages). 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 Treatments

Oral tablets are meant for pets requiring fast flea relief. They start acting in less than 30 minutes and may continue working for up to a full day, meaning they are a short-term treatment.

Dips

Flea and tick dips are combined with water and applied right over your pet’s skin like a bath, but it must be left to air-dry before being rinsed off. This treatment can provide flea and tick protection for up to 35 days. Make sure the product doesn’t get in your pet’s eyes or mouth.

Animal Collars

Usual flea collars drive fleas and ticks away by releasing a chemical all throughout the pet’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. Luckily, manufacturers have found a way to improve flea collars. Through its slow-release technology, such products kill and drive away ticks and kill adult fleas and larva for up to 8 months, making them cost-effective. They are water-resistant and odor-free as well.

Shampoos

Flea and tick shampoos typically wipe out adult fleas and ticks with contact and this will be effective for 5-14 days.

Home Solutions

Sections of the home could be spot treated with anti-tick and flea sprays and powders, or the whole house may be fogged. You will find professional pest control services that offer home flea treatments.

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