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Different Types of Flea and Tick Medication Two of the most effective flea and tick medication are both Topical and Oral Medicines. Topical medication is applied directly on the skin of the dog and it requires monthly application. The location where you apply topical medication is between the shoulder blades or at the base of the neck. Since fleas and ticks are killed on the spot with this mediation, it is aptly called ‘spot-on’ medication. 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. 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. 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. Oral medicine is also effective in preventing fleas and ticks to thrive in a dog’s coat but it gives the dog much more benefit since it can also prevent parasites living inside your dog’s body. 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. 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. You can use products like carpet powders, sprays and forgers. You can use forgers outdoors since they are very effective and they are also very effective in highly flea infested areas.