The Top 3 Best Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs
What's The Point?
Some of you may be asking yourself why flea and tick products are necessary. Well, while fleas do not tend to feed off of humans for long periods of time, they can and WILL make you a snack. Although we are left with small itchy bites, they are much more dangerous to your pets. Fleas can transmit certain tapeworms, leaving you with an intestinal parasite situation, or cause your pet to become anemic. Both experiences aren't fun, and lead to a whole slew of potential health complications. Ticks are an equal risk, carrying many diseases of the blood such as Lyme Disease and Anaplasmosis. Ticks are vectors for many different diseases that can cause a huge impact to both you and your pet's lives. The use of prevention may seem costly, but trust me - the cost is outweighed by the benefits.
1. Seresto Collar
The Seresto brand collar is hands - down the best option to keep your dogs free of pests. Not only does it cover fleas and ticks, protection is also guaranteed against flea larvae, sarcoptic mange mites, and chewing lice! My family personally prefers this option. This collar has an 8 month life span, unless your pet is a frequent swimmer. If so, discuss with your veterinarian how often it should be replaced during the warmer months. Another awesome feature is they come in adjustable sizes, and also come in a feline version!
2. Scalibor Collar
Another go - to option is the scalibor collar. It's as easy to use as the Seresto, but is water resistant. This is my family's automatic choice in the summer, while we use Seresto in the colder months. A one size fits all mechanism makes this collar versatile and creates an ease of use. Scalibor kills all life stages of ticks, but sadly does not guard against fleas. Consult your veterinarian about a precautionary alternative for fleas.
As far as an oral preventative goes, Trifexis wins the vote. This once a month chewable pill that tastes like beef can be administered to your dog if they are 8+ weeks, and weigh at least 5 pounds. Not only does Trifexis eliminate all stages of flea life, it guards against hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and heartworms. The ability to protect against heartworms and fleas in one chewable is perfect for a dog who will eat just about anything. We use this in addition to the Scalibor brand collar.
Spot - Ons and Dips
Spot on treatment is fairly ineffective. It can be difficult to reach the skin of some dogs and can be groomed off by other animals. The dry time plus adverse skin reactions push most consumers away from these products. Dips are tedious and toxic to your skin. Avoidance is the best action with these.
When In Doubt...
ALWAYS consult your veterinarian! They know best for your pets, and can change recommendations depending on lifestyle. Best wishes protecting your pets!