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Effective Flea and Tick Medication Topical and oral medicines are the most effective of all flea and tick medication. 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. It contains ingredients that repel and kill fleas and ticks on the spot and the reason why it is called “spot-on”. It is effective in a sense that it is a preventive measure to keep fleas and tick from even residing in your dog’s fur -unlike oral medicines where fleas and ticks has to bite first before they are poisoned. 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. 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. Heartworm, roundworm, hookworm, and whipworms are also prevent by oral medicine in combination with other medication.
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Flea and tick collars are another product that closely resembles the spot-on product. The correct use of this collar can be very effective. Flea collars are convenient to use and prove highly effective during infestation, especially if your pet spends a lot of time outdoors.
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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. 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. Whichever method you chose to use, you must ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions of use and disposal. 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. Eliminating flea and ticks in the environment can be done using carpet powder, spray, and forgers. If your area is highly infested with fleas, using forgers is very effective.