What are the safest flea and tick treatments for your dog? This is a question that many pet owners have asked themselves, but few have been able to answer. There are several types of treatment for fleas and ticks available today. The best way to avoid getting bitten or having your dog develops an illness from ticks and fleas is by being aware of their presence. Ticks and fleas are commonly found on dogs more so during the spring months, from March to early May. Although there are several flea and tick prevention products available on the market today, they can only do so much to protect your dog from harm.
Fleas are parasites that feed off the blood of warm-blooded animals. Dogs, cats and other warm-blooded animals are the main hosts of these parasites. As a result, dogs are more susceptible to flea bites, which in turn will cause itching, irritation and even infection of the skin. Because fleas lay their eggs under the fur, they will also be very prevalent during the summer months when the weather is very hot and dry.
As it is easy for dogs to become infected with fleas and ticks, they also have the tendency to spread this infection to other dogs and even to people. Because of this, most veterinarians advise their clients to avoid letting their dogs get close to ticks and fleas as well as the common places where these parasites live, like parks, gardens, fields and other public areas. To reduce your dog’s risk of developing an illness from fleas, there are several methods you can use to do this. Below is a look at some of these treatments.
Frontline flea medication is one of the most effective ways to control fleas and ticks. It contains active ingredients that prevent ticks and fleas from infecting your dog. The product is applied directly onto the tick’s skin and can last up to eight weeks before the medication needs to be renewed. If you are concerned about any side effects, consult with your veterinarian first, as some products can interact with your current medicines.
Talc is another common treatment for fleas and ticks. This mineral powder is often used in shampoos and conditioners, and is safe for both dogs and humans. Talc absorbs the ticks’ juices and prevents them from continuing to feed on your dog, which means that your dog is more likely to shed its hair and lose the tick’s eggs.
Although tick and flea treatments can be purchased over the counter at your local pet store, they might not contain the active ingredients that work best against fleas and ticks. Look for a product that includes Frontline plus Capstar, an oral flea preventive medicine that contains an FDA-approved antivenin called Finasteride. This ingredient is the most effective for treating fleas and ticks.
Another effective product for killing fleas and ticks is Frontline Plus for Dogs. The product contains Frontline, an oral flea control that contains an FDA-approved antivenin called Flucytosporin. This ingredient is effective for treating adult fleas, preventing their future infestation, and preventing other bugs (such as ticks and mites) from attaching to your dog.
A lot of research has been conducted on how to best make use of what are the safest flea and tick treatments for your pet. However, as with any treatment, nothing is one hundred percent guaranteed. No treatment is perfect, and no animal or insect is totally safe from becoming infected with fleas and/or ticks. It would be wise to consult your vet or other experts in the field if you are not comfortable deciding which flea control product to use. While the methods mentioned here are proven to be safe for dogs, they may not be effective on hostile insects such as cockroaches and ants.