Dealing with Flea and Tick Problems of Your Pet
Two of the most effective flea and tick medication are both Topical and Oral Medicines. The topical, which are external, requires monthly application except that instead of orally taking in the medicine, it is applied directly on the skin of the dog. This topical medication is usually applied between the shoulder blades or at the base of the neck. Since fleas and ticks are killed on the spot with this mediation, it is aptly called 'spot-on' medication. 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.
Although both topical and oral medication repel fleas and ticks what is good about topical medication is that it naturally spreads throughout the entire body of your pet through the natural oil on its fur, and are then embedded in the skin pores of your dog. In over a month's time, this chemical deposited in the skin will slowly be released. Because they are hidden underneath the skin and is water-resistant, moisture does not affect these chemical and therefore allows your pet to continue to swim and bathe even after the application of this medicine. Spot on products are the most commonly used products to control that it even prevents fleas and ticks from even coming close to your dog that causes discomfort and to a large extent -skin irritation.
Oral medicine is also a preventive measure but is very much different from spot-on products since it prevents other parasites found inside the dog's body. Heartworm, roundworm, hookworm, and whipworms are also prevent by oral medicine in combination with other medication.
Doing Pets The Right Way
Closely resembling spot on products are flea and tick collars that can also help prevent flea and ticks from residing on the dog's body. If used correctly, it proves to be also very effective. Flea collars are convenient to use and prove highly effective during infestation, especially if your pet spends a lot of time outdoors.
Tips - Getting Started & Next Steps
Dips can be another option where your dog is literally immersed in the dip and then the product is allowed to dry on the skin. It should be noted though not to use them too frequently as this also repels the natural oil found in the fur of your dog to dry up.
Whichever method you chose to use, you must ensure that you follow the manufacturer's instructions of use and disposal. Also keep in mind that along with keeping your pet free from flea and ticks, it is also important to eliminate flea and ticks from the pet's immediate environment. You can use products like carpet powders, sprays and forgers. If your area is highly infested with fleas, using forgers is very effective.