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Considerations in Buying Flea and Tick Preventive Medication Sometimes we check out social media to get ideas of the best flea and tick preventive medication for our dogs, but what we gather here is not always what is best for your dog. Considering yours and your pet’s lifestyle is very important and has some implications on the kind of product that you should buy, so do this before choosing anything that is available on the market. Each pet owner has various behavioral manners towards their pet that can contribute to the decision of which option is best to pick. The age, breed, health status, and any current medication of your pet has to be considered and brought to your vet’s attention. However, for the sake of discussion and your initial understanding of the many different types of flea and tick preventives today, making it difficult to keep up with all of the brands, application methods, and the corresponding pros and cons of each, I believe that it is worth having a brief comprehension of these questions so that even while discussing them with your vet, you will not just simply buy what was recommended but instead to get yourself involved in a deeper and richer discussion with your vet since this concerns your beloved pet. The most popular form of flea and tick preventive known as “topical medication” is often referred to as “spot on” products. The application of these topical products are usually done between the shoulder blades or at the base of the neck. It contains ingredients that drive fleas, ticks, and even mosquitoes away. The chemical is actually deposited into the dog’s skin since it spreads all over the pet’s entire body. There is a slow release of this deposited chemical over a period of time. This type of preventive is very easy to use and is not washed away even if the dog takes a bath or goes swimming. It is important to note though that the product should be allowed to dry, and more importantly keep kids and other pets away until it is fully dried.
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Oral medication is another type of flea and tick prevention which is more popular and more convenient than the topical method since there is no waiting time to dry up. Taking this oral medication does not really repel fleas and ticks. In other words, fleas and ticks will have to attack and bite to get the poison. However, some products not only kill fleas and ticks, they also prevent heartworm disease in dogs and even some internal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. Vomiting and diarrhea are the only know side effects of oral fleas and tick prevention medications.
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There are also sprays you can use for tick and flea prevention which is very inexpensive. You can also use flea and tick powders which you simply dust over your pet’s entire body. There are also shampoos and dips made for flea and tick prevention.