Fleas and ticks can be harmful to not only your dog but also your family. Fleas and ticks can cause skin infections and discomfort in your pets. They also carry diseases like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever that can be dangerous for dogs and humans. It’s important to make sure that you dog and your family are protected.
Tick numbers have been on the rise over the past couple of years, especially in the midwest. With above average temperatures in 2021, Pests.org says conditions are optimal for large tick populations. If your dog spends a lot of time outdoors it becomes even more critical to make sure they are safe from fleas and ticks.
Between pills, chews, ointment and shampoos , there are may options to choose from to keep your dog protected. The delivery method and application frequency will vary. You should choose the option that works best for both you and your dog. Let’s look at some of option for flea and tick prevention.
The NextGard Soft Chew for Dogs is a beef-flavored chewable that provides one month of protection. This product is FDA-approved to kill adult fleas before they are able to lay eggs. These chewables are also FDA-approved to help prevent Lyme infections as a result of killing black-legged ticks.
NexGard Chewables require a prescription from your veterinarian. Can be administered with or without food. Item is available in 4 different versions based on the weight of your pet.
Frontline Plus is a topical monthly treatment that kills adult fleas, flea eggs, flea larvae, chewing lice and ticks. This treatment is designed to be waterproof 24 hours after application.
Dose is applied to the skin between the shoulder blades and provides protection for up to a month.
Adams Plus Shampoo
Adams Plus Flea & Tick Shampoo is a sensitive skin shampoo that kills fleas, ticks and lice on contact. The cream formula cleans and conditions your dog’s coat.
Adams Plus also contains natural soothing aloe vera, lanolin, and oatmeal and leaves your dog smelling fresh while eliminating flea re-infestation for up to 28 days.
Wondercide Flea & Tick Spray
Wondercide Flea & Tick Spray uses natural essential oils to kill, repel and prevent 98-100% of fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. This is a safe and effective natural solution to protect your pet.
To apply, rub your pet’s coat in the opposite direction of growth, spray and rub in. Spray the body, legs, tail, belly, and armpits.
Whichever treatment you choose, be sure to be vigilant about protecting your pets. Talk to your veterinarian, ask questions and find the right solution to keep your pet and your family safe and healthy.