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Effective Flea and Tick Medication Topical and oral medicines are the most effective of all flea and tick medication. Topical medication is applied directly on the skin of the dog and it requires monthly application. They are usually applied between the shoulder blades or at the base of the neck. It contains ingredients that repel and kill fleas and ticks on the spot and the reason why it is called “spot-on”. This prevents fleas and ticks to reside in your dog’s fur and it is very effective and very much unlike oral medicines where the fleas and ticks have to bite the dog first before they get poisoned and killed. Both oral and topical medication contain ingredients that slowly repel fleas and ticks, but topical medicine spreads to the entire body of your dog through its natural oil on its fur, and are then embedded into the skin pores of your dog. There will be a slow release of this chemical which is deposited in the skin pores through a month’s time. The deposited chemicals are hidden under the skin and is water resistant so you can still let your dog bathe and swim and it will not affect the topical medication you have applied. The most commonly used products are spot on products since they can prevent ticks and fleas from even coming near but they also cause discomfort to your pet and sometimes their skin get irritated. Unlike the Topical version, Oral medicine has a preventive measure that is not similar to spot-on products but is well founded because it covers a wider scope of preventing other parasite found inside the body of your dog. IN combination with other medication, oral medicine also helps prevent heartworm, roundworm, hookworm, and whipworms.
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Another product that is very much similar to spot on products are flea and tick collars. If used correctly, it proves to be also very effective. Flea collars are convenient to use and can prevent infestation especially when you pet is always outdoors.
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Another option is a dip or a solution where the dog immerses in and when the product is allowed to dry on the skin. However, you should not let the dog dip frequently since this takes away the natural oil found in your dog’s fur and it can dry up. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions of use and disposal for whatever method you choose to use. You should not only eliminate flea and ticks from your pet’s coat, but make sure the immediate environment of your pet is free from fleas and ticks too. Carpet powder, spray, and forgers can be used to do this. You can use forgers outdoors since they are very effective and they are also very effective in highly flea infested areas.