March 9, 2023 by Misty Fleming
Spring has arrived, and so have the pests! Although your dog can get fleas and ticks at any time of the year, there is a marked uptick in the possibility of flea and tick bites in the springtime. Fortunately, many flea and tick prevention treatments are available for your dog. Now is the time to get your dog defended against flea and tick infestations.
There are several types of flea and tick protection products available for dogs. Some of the most common options include:
Topical treatments are applied directly to the skin of your dog’s back and are designed to kill fleas and ticks on contact. They typically protect your dog for several weeks before needing to be reapplied.
These medications are taken orally and work by circulating through your dog’s bloodstream, killing fleas and ticks when they bite. They typically provide protection for several weeks before needing to be taken again.
Flea and tick collars are designed to be worn around your dog’s neck and contain chemicals that repel and kill fleas and ticks. They can provide several months of protection.
Some dog shampoos are designed to kill fleas and ticks on contact and can be used as part of your regular grooming routine.
When choosing a flea and tick protection product for your dog, it’s important to talk to your veterinarian to determine which option is best for your pet based on age, health status, and lifestyle. They can also recommend specific brands and dosages to ensure the most effective protection for your dog.
We DO NOT recommend DIY treatments. Generally, these are ineffective. But they can also harm your dog depending on the substances and application methods used.
Does your dog have a tick that needs removing? Read our blog on how to remove ticks safely.