When it comes to tick and flea protection for your pets, monthly treatment is crucial. Besides, it is simpler and less costly to avoid infestations and disease than to treat them. We’ve all seen that flea infestation treatments can be very expensive and a huge burden to pet owners, while tick-borne diseases can cause weight loss, pain and other possibly serious side effects to affected animals.
But what particular treatment is going to work for them best? Clearly, this depends on a variety of factors, including the treatments themselves and their unique features. To know the best choice for your pet, you first have to understand their differences.
Topical treatments are pet medicines directly applied to the pet’s skin, where it is absorbed into the animal’s gland system that makes body oils. These oils then distribute the medicine throughout the pet’s body usually over a month. If your pets don’t normally go outside, just get a product that acts on fleas (all life stages). If your pets do spend a lot of time outdoors, get a product that works on fleas as well as ticks. Topicals are generally waterproof, which is favorable if you intend on bathing your pet while providing treatment.
Oral tablets are specifically for pets that require quick flea relief. They start acting in less than 30 minutes and may continue working for up to a full day, meaning they are a short-term treatment.
Flea and tick dips are diluted with water and directly applied to your pet like a bath, allowed to air dry, and then rinsed off. This kind of treatment can keep fleas and ticks away for up to around a month. Be sure to keep the product out of your pet’s mouth or eyes.
Common flea collars push fleas and ticks away through a substance that is dispersed all over the pet’s body. While they offer some amount of protection and are generally inexpensive, your pet may just find them irritating, especially with their powerful odor. Luckily, manufacturers have found a way to improve flea collars. These products work on fleas, larvae and ticks using a slow release technology that allows it to work for up to 8 months maximum, which makes them a very economical choice. They are water-resistant and odor-free as well.
Flea and tick shampoos typically wipe out adult fleas and ticks with contact and this will be effective for 5-14 days.
Sections of the home could be spot treated with anti-tick and flea sprays and powders, or the whole house may be fogged. There are professional pest control companies that actually offer pet flea treatments.