There are many products that can help in the fight. Others provide protection against both. Some, along with fleas and ticks, add protection against other parasites, such as mosquitoes or lice. There are those that focus on immediately killing parasites on your pet, but provide no long-term protection. Deciding which one works best for your pet comes down to your pet’s needs and your particular environment.
Your veterinarian will make a recommendation based on a number of factors: where you live, your dog’s health, and other pets and children in the household. This might seem complicated, but comes down to two activities: killing fleas and ticks on your pet at this time and keeping fleas and ticks from attacking in the future.
If your pet has fleas at this time, you can treat with medicated shampoos and sprays, or a quick kill pill that works within a couple of hours.
If your pet has ticks, remove those that are attached. Check your pet’s head and neck region very carefully, as this appears to be a frequent spot for ticks to snack.
Keep Them From Coming Back – possum control
The second part of the fight against fleas and ticks is keeping them from coming back. These medications are known as preventatives. 1 popular preventative approach is a topical medication that you put directly on your pet’s skin once a month. Not all topical medicines are created the same. 1 product sold in shops for example works for dogs but is harmful for cats. You must be aware of the difference to know which products you want for your pet and how to use the product. One spreads protection by putting oils on the pet’s fur. To apply, pull the fur back and then apply the product directly to the skin, beginning with a spot on the neck and then one or two other spots down the back. Use the liquid in spots where your pet is not likely to lick it off. In a few days the medication will spread and your pet will be protected all over his/her body.
The ideal time to apply the topical medication is at night, right before your pet goes to sleep and the kids are in bed. There are a couple hours at that time for the liquid to start working until your pet rolls around or the children start playing with them. Additionally, it is an excellent idea not to clean your pet for a couple of days before or after applying the medicine so the oils remain in the fur.
Additional topicals are applied on the skin but are absorbed directly into your pet’s bloodstream. If you opt for this method you need only apply the liquid in one spot, at the top of the shoulders or the back of the neck. After applying any topicals, wash your hands and don’t touch the wet area.
Protective Collars are just another way to keep ticks and fleas off your pet. You need to change protective collars about every 3 months.
Sprays may be another alternative. Read the instructions on the bottle or can.
Speak with Your Veterinarian
Your vet will customize a flea and tick prevention program that works best for your pet and your family where you live. Enjoy the season with parasite free, healthy pets!