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Effective Flea and Tick Medication

Topical and oral medicines are the most effective of all flea and tick medication. When you use topical mediation, it is not something that your pet takes in but is usually applied directly on your pet’s skin which you are required to do monthly. This topical medication is usually applied between the shoulder blades or at the base of the neck. The ingredients of topical medication helps to kill fleas and ticks on the spot and that is why they are also called spot-on medication. This is a very effective preventive since it kills fleas and ticks on the spot thereby preventing them to reside in the dog’s fur unlike oral medication where the flea and tick has to bite the dog before it gets to the poison that kills them.

Both oral and topical medication contain ingredients that slowly repel fleas and ticks, but topical medicine spreads to the entire body of your dog through its natural oil on its fur, and are then embedded into the skin pores of your dog. This deposited chemical is then slowly release over a month’s time. The deposited chemicals are hidden under the skin and is water resistant so you can still let your dog bathe and swim and it will not affect the topical medication you have applied. The side effects of topical mediation is discomfort to your dog and sometimes skin irritation, but they are the most common and effective flea and tick preventive medication.

Unlike the Topical version, Oral medicine has a preventive measure that is not similar to spot-on products but is well founded because it covers a wider scope of preventing other parasite found inside the body of your dog. This medicine is usually combined with other medication to prevent heartworm, roundworm, hookworm and whipworms.
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Closely resembling spot on products are flea and tick collars that can also help prevent flea and ticks from residing on the dog’s body. The correct use of this collar can be very effective. Flea collars are convenient to use and prove highly effective during infestation, especially if your pet spends a lot of time outdoors.
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Another preventive is to let a dog immerse in a dip which is then allowed to dry on the skin afterwards. However, you should not let the dog dip frequently since this takes away the natural oil found in your dog’s fur and it can dry up.

Always follow manufacturer’s instructions for use and disposal of the product that you choose. You should not only eliminate flea and ticks from your pet’s coat, but make sure the immediate environment of your pet is free from fleas and ticks too. Carpet powder, spray, and forgers can be used to do this. If your area is highly infested with fleas, using forgers is very effective.