Do you notice your dog itching and scratching beyond distraction? This is something we don’t like to see our pups go through, and it calls for a visit to the vet to rule out fleas or ticks. Typically, you can see these fast-moving critters crawling about on your pup. But if it’s a tick that is bothering your cute canine, they are much harder to locate in a coat of thick fur.
Either one of these described scenarios is something you want to avoid. Not just because these parasites are definitely gross, but because they can cause harm to your pooch. Why? Well, fleas carry parasites like tapeworms, which cause symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
Fleas can also cause you a lot of work when it comes to eradicating them from the house. If you don’t take the proper steps to rid your home of fleas, the eggs will keep hatching – and reinfecting your dog. They may bite you, too!
Ticks carry Lyme disease, a serious health condition that is being seen more and more every day across North America. Anaplasmosis and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever are two other tick-borne diseases that can wreak serious havoc on your pup’s health.
Consult your vet first
The research we did covers both vet-recommended and over the counter products. But remember, always consult your veterinarian before trying a new product on your dog. It’s the safest bet in the event of a reaction or allergy to the product. As well – and this is very important – many products cannot be used on puppies. So, it’s crucial to get the vet’s okay first!
Prescription-only chew or topical solution
Bravecto Chews and Topical Solution is a winner because it provides 3 months of protection, making it cost-effective and easy to remember. There is no need to worry about monthly dosing. Simply give your dog the vet-prescribed chew or apply the topical solution a directed. Your precious pooch is now protected for 12 weeks.
Over the counter topical solution
This product can be ordered online and has great reviews. Still, before using Frontline Plus for Dogs, have a chat with your vet to make sure it’s the right product for your four-legged buddy. This topically applied product kills fleas and ticks in all life stages. That’s a boon in our books.
Some pet parents prefer the ease and efficacy of a flea collar over anything else. If that’s you, then you may want to try the highly recommended Seresto Flea and Tick Collar. It offers 8 months of protection, has a two-way release safety feature, and is water-resistant (so Fido can still enjoy a monthly bath or the occasional swim).
These days, natural products are all-abuzz, and it’s easy to understand why. Zuba Flea and Tick Spray for Dogs comes with great reviews. It is chemical-free, safe, organic, and eco-friendly. Spray it on Fido’s coat, massage it in, and know that your pooch is protected while on that terrific trek at the park.
Looking for a shampoo that kills fleas in all life stages and helps to repel fleas and ticks, too? TropiClean Natural Flea and Tick Dog Shampoo is safe for dogs over the age of 12 weeks and repels crawly critters for 7 days. If you’ve used a topical spot-on product, this shampoo will not wash it away.
The best flea and tick products wrap-up
We’ve given you a varied list of protection products for your furry bestie. Keep them safe and comfortable from the hassles and hazards of fleas and ticks, no matter the season. But we’ll stress again, it’s ultra-important to discuss the use of any product with your vet first. Not all products suit all dogs, and factors like age and current health status must be taken into account.