Monthly treatment is a must as far as protecting your pets from ticks and fleas is concerned. Besides, it is simpler and less costly to avoid infestations and disease than to treat them. Most of us have seen just how costly and burdensome treating a flea infestation can be, while a tick-borne disease can bring pain, weight loss and many other serious side effects to animals.
But what particular treatment is going to work for them best? Apparently, this depends on many factors, including the treatments themselves. 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 spend much time outside, a product that exterminates both fleas and ticks is best. Topicals are normally waterproof, which is a plus if you plan on bathing your pet within treatment.
Oral tablets are made for pets in need of speedy flea relief. Their effect begins within half an hour and may remain for up to 24 hours, which means they are not meant for long-term treatment.
Flea and tick dips are combined with water and applied right over your pet’s skin like a bath, but it must be left to air-dry before being rinsed off. This kind of treatment can keep fleas and ticks away for up to around a month. Make it a point to protect 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 kill adult fleas and larva and kills and repel ticks via a slow release technology that enables them to work for a maximum of 8 months, making them quite economical. 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.
Parts of the home may be spot-treated with different products or fogged all throughout to keep ticks and fleas away. You will find professional pest control services that offer home flea treatments.