Choosing the Best Flea and Tick Preventative

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Fleas and ticks are not only irritating but they also transmit dangerous diseases. Fortunately there are a number of safe and effective medications available to protect our pets. This brief overview will help you decide which option is best for your pet.

Which pests pose a risk to your pet?
In general, all dogs and cats are at risk from fleas, even those that spend most of their time indoors. Pets that spend time in wooded or grassy areas should also protected against ticks.

Topical, oral, or collar?
Topical medications are liquids that are applied to your pet’s skin. If your pet spends a lot of time swimming, is bathed frequently, or objects to the application of topical medication, chewable tablets may be a better option. The only brand of flea and tick collar that most vets currently recommend are Seresto collars as they are much more effective and safer than the old-fashioned variety.

How frequently?
Topical medications such as Advantage and Frontline are applied once a month. There is a new topical for cats which is effective for 3 months. Oral medications last from 1-3 months, depending upon the brand. Seresto collars are effective for 8 months.

Finally, as is true with many things, with flea and tick medications, you often get what you pay for. Newer generation medications are more expensive than older products but they are significantly more effective and safer.

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