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Effective Flea and Tick Medication Two of the most effective flea and tick medication are both Topical and Oral Medicines. 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. They are usually applied between the shoulder blades or at the base of the neck. The ingredients of topical medication helps to kill fleas and ticks on the spot and that is why they are also called spot-on medication. This is a very effective preventive since it kills fleas and ticks on the spot thereby preventing them to reside in the dog’s fur unlike oral medication where the flea and tick has to bite the dog before it gets to the poison that kills them. Both oral and topical medication contain ingredients that slowly repel fleas and ticks, but topical medicine spreads to the entire body of your dog through its natural oil on its fur, and are then embedded into the skin pores of your dog. There will be a slow release of this chemical which is deposited in the skin pores through a month’s time. 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. Spot on products are the most commonly used products to control that it even prevents fleas and ticks from even coming close to your dog that causes discomfort and to a large extent -skin irritation. 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. IN combination with other medication, oral medicine also helps prevent heartworm, roundworm, hookworm, and whipworms.
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Another product that is very much similar to spot on products are flea and tick collars. If used correctly, it proves to be also very effective. It is very convenient to use flea collars and they are highly effective when there is infestation especially if your pet spends 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. Always follow manufacturer’s instructions for use and disposal of the product that you choose. Is it not only the elimination of flea and ticks on your dog that is important, but you also need to make sure that the surrounding environment is free from flea and ticks. Eliminating flea and ticks in the environment can be done using carpet powder, spray, and forgers. You can use forgers outdoors since they are very effective and they are also very effective in highly flea infested areas.