What Products to Use for Flea and Tick Free Dogs
Ideally, we want our dogs free from parasites including worms, fleas, and ticks. Who would not want a healthy pet? Pet owners have this constant battle against parasites especially during summer when you and your dog are spending more time outdoors that increases your pup’s chances of getting fleas, and ticks. However, the winter season is not the season to sit back. This is the best time to take precautionary measures to address these “dog problems”.
During colder seasons, there is the best chance that these parasites will become less active and fewer in number. Regularly vacuuming the areas where your pet spends time and continuing regular flea treatments throughout the winter season are the best ways to combat them before the next flea season is in full swing.
Ticks are also capable of surviving winter temperatures when they are able to find a host to feed on or a warm location to hide in during the coldest weather months. Generally, adult ticks will still be a threat when temperatures hover around 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
For this reason, if your pet spends time outdoors in the winter, tick prevention is still a good idea. And since most medications are designed to thwart both fleas and ticks, it’s a good idea to use preventive medications through the year.
To start preventing and treating dog fleas and ticks, knowledge on the differences between the two is a requisite. Know the enemy to know the best weapon that can defeat them.
Differences Between Fleas and Ticks
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Help prevent diseases that fleas and ticks carry such as Lyme Disease, Ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tick paralysis. Don’t let your pet get bitten by these parasites when modern medicine has provided wonderfully effective and safe products.
This product offers comprehensive protection against ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, biting flies, and chewing lice with the reputation as top veterinarian-recommended brand because it repels and kills all life stages of fleas (eggs, pupae, larvae, and adult fleas) and ticks (Deer ticks, American dog ticks, Brown dog ticks, and Lone Star ticks).
K9 Advantix II is a monthly preventative for dogs that kills 98-100 percent of fleas within 12 hours and continues working for one month to prevent infestations. Fleas and ticks are killed on contact with a treated dog, which means that fleas don’t have to bite and ticks don’t have to attach to die. This helps prevent transmission of flea-borne and tick-borne diseases such as tapeworms, Lyme disease, tick paralysis, Ehrlichia, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Killing fleas before they bite may also help prevent skin allergies caused by flea saliva. Aside from that, K9 Advantix II repels mosquitoes before they bite, which may help prevent transmission of heartworms. K9 Advantix II protects your pet before parasites have a chance to bite, not after.
This product prevents your dog from being bitten by both flea and ticks. It repels and kills fleas and ticks, as well as chewing lice and mites. This isn’t for use on puppies younger than 8 weeks of age. It is a topical, once-a-month treatment, so no need to fight with your dog to swallow a pill. It starts working within 24 hours of application. As with most treatments, the dosage is based on the weight of your dog. It has a safe well-blended formula that does not irritate dogs or invoke immune response when used.
The Herbal Repellent Collar is a safe, convenient insect repellent option for your pet. Formulated using only top-quality, effective herbal ingredients, this product is free of harsh chemicals, using a special blend of oils that allow it to work for up to 4 months. Unlike other pest repellent collars, the active ingredients are included as a physical part of the collar, allowing them to be diffused over a long period of time – making it much more effective.
The innovative collar is recommended by veterinarians for large and small dogs, puppies over 4 months old, cats, and kittens. It is completely toxin-free, using a special blend of highly-effective oils. Superior in advanced flea, tick, and mosquito protection for up to 4 months. It is an advanced option for long-lasting pest protection. The Herbal Repellent Collar can be used by itself or in combination with other Mercola Healthy Pets pest repellent products for maximum protection.
Spot-on like Adams Plus Flea and Tick Control, spread over the animal’s entire body, depositing into the sweat glands of the skin, where the active ingredient can be released over several weeks’ time. They are very convenient to use and will continue to work even if your cat or dog is bathed or goes swimming.
However, there are precautions to take, since these products can be toxic if ingested.This easy to apply topical formula ensures safe and effective application for long-term protection.
Adams Flea & Tick Spot On for Dogs provides flea and tick protection for dogs for up to 30 days – and protection from flea reinfestation beyond. That’s because it doesn’t just kill adult fleas and ticks, it also prevents reinfestation by knocking out flea eggs and larvae that could hatch later on. Plus, it kills and repels mosquitoes. This comes with the award-winning Smart Shield Applicator that helps get the treatment down to the skin, where the bugs live and helps keep the treatment off you. It puts the liquid on your dog – not your hands. Available in 1 month, 3 month, and 6 month supply.
Oral medications that contain lufenuron, for example, work by preventing adult fleas from producing eggs, stopping the life cycle so the population of fleas cannot continue to grow. Novartis is among the products that work this way. Other common ingredients seen in oral medications include spinosad, nitenpyram, and milbemycin oxime. Nitenpyram is an ingredient that can be given daily if necessary, as it kills fleas within an hour and does not stay in the pet’s bloodstream for an entire month. For this reason, it is safe to use in pregnant and nursing cats or dogs.
Side effects of oral flea and tick preventive medications may include vomiting and diarrhea. Some animals may develop a skin reaction that causes redness, itching, and/or hives to develop. Depression and lack of appetite have also been reported.
Treatment and Medication
True enough, prevention is better than cure. But in cases of diagnosed infestation, address the serious “dog problem” with serious treatment and medication.
Treat the House and Lawn
Martin’s Permethrin, Wondercide EcoTreat, and Sentry Flea and Tick Carpet Powder are some of the numerous products available on Amazon that can help you treat the place until it becomes free from fleas and ticks. Keeping your lawn, bushes, and trees trimmed back will help reduce the population of fleas and ticks in your backyard.
If there are fewer areas for these parasites to live and breed, there will be fewer of them to be concerned with. If you still have a problem, consider using one of the various household and yard sprays or granular treatments that are available from your veterinarian, pet store, or local garden center.
These products can be harmful to animals, fish, and humans. Be extra careful applying these chemicals, though there are herbal solutions available online. If you have a severe problem or you are concerned about the proper handling of these chemicals, you might want to consider hiring an exterminator to apply yard and area sprays to control the ticks and fleas.
VETiONX Defendex, Wahl, and Sentry Flea and Tick Shampoo With Oatmeal are examples of shampoos that kill fleas and ticks. Flea and tick shampoos will help wash away adult fleas and their eggs for a short period of time, but will not usually stop an infestation or keep the fleas from returning. The common ingredients in these products are usually pyrethrins, which kill adult fleas quickly on contact. When using a shampoo, make sure you allow it to stay in contact with the skin and coat for at least 10-15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Avoid getting this product in your pet’s eyes or mouth. You may need to treat your pet more frequently if you decide to use only shampoos, but your pet will feel more comfortable for a short period of time.
Dips are highly concentrated solutions that need to be diluted. Among these are Happy Jack 1045 Kennel Dip, Zodiac Flea And Tick Dip and Farman Pet.
A flea and tick dip is a concentrated liquid (usually containing a pyrethrin) that is diluted with water and applied to the animal with a sponge or poured over the body. The pet is not rinsed off after the dip is applied, and is allowed to air dry. These products should never be used on very young animals or on nursing or pregnant animals. Use caution when applying because it’s quite a risky yet effective way to deal infestation. Protect your own skin and eyes while you are applying the dip to your pet, and take care not to allow the product to get in your pet’s eyes or mouth.
Flea and tick powders work to kill these parasites from your dog and on infested areas. These powders should be used with care during application. This is relatively the inexpensive method for controlling fleas and ticks on your cat and dog. These products typically contain pyrethrins and other ingredients to enhance their ability to kill fleas, ticks, and even mosquitoes, flies, and gnats. Some products contain insect growth regulators that kill the immature stages of the flea, preventing them from developing and reproducing.
Products like Adams Flea & Tick Carpet Powder and Fleabusters Rx are used on carpets, area rugs and baseboards (cracks/crevices). Natural products are also available but even “natural” products can be harmful to animals that are sensitive to them.
Check the label to make sure that the product is designed to kill ticks as well as fleas. This very fine powder can be an irritant to the mouth or lungs if inhaled, so use small amounts and slowly rub it into the skin. Keep powders away from the face and eyes when applying. You will need to reapply the product more often, about once a week during peak season. Some powders can also be used in areas where your dog sleeps, and in other parts of the household your dog frequents.
Fleas and ticks may seem to be merely nuisance pests yet they are actually capable of causing severe health problems, from infection to skin disorders, to anemia. These parasites can transmit deadly diseases to you and your dog. If left unchecked, you can have a serious problem within your household.