Monthly treatment is a must as far as protecting your pets from ticks and fleas is concerned. After all, protecting your pets from infestations and disease is much easier and cheaper compared to treating them following a diagnosis. We’ve all seen that flea infestation treatments can be very expensive and a huge burden to pet owners, while tick-borne diseases can cause weight loss, pain and other possibly serious side effects to affected animals.
But what specific treatment will benefit them best? Apparently, this depends on many factors, including the treatments themselves. To know which one is right for your pet, it’s a must to know their differences.
Topical treatments are products that are applied directly on your pet’s skin, where they are absorbed and eventually become part of the animal’s body oil-producing gland system. These oils then spread the medicine all over the pet’s body normally within a 30-day period. If you don’t have pets that spend time outside, you can get something that will only exterminate fleas. If your pets spend much time outside, a product that exterminates both fleas and ticks is best. Topicals are commonly waterproof, which is good if you want to bathe your pet within the course of 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.
Regular flea collars repel fleas and ticks by releasing a flea and tick-toxic substance all over the animal’s body. They will be able to provide some protection and are often cheap, but your pet may not like them especially because of their strong 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. To boot, they are odorless and water-resistant.
Flea and tick shampoos usually eliminate adult fleas and ticks at contact and the effect will remain for 5 days to two weeks.
Driving ticks and fleas away can also be done by spot-treating certain parts of the home or by fogging the entire home. Professional pest control services may provide home flea treatments.