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Considerations in Buying Flea and Tick Preventive Medication When you simply pick out what you hear from mainstream or social media about the best flea and tick preventive medicine, you might find out that it is not really the best one for your dog. If it very important that you first consider yourself and your pet’s lifestyle before choosing anything that is available in the market. You should also consider your behavioral manners towards your pet because this can help you decide what is best for your dog. This includes age, breed, health status, and any current medication -all of which has be considered or brought to the attention of your vet. For the sake of discussion and your initial understanding of the different types of flea and tick preventives today, it is important to lay out the different brands, application methods, and the corresponding pros and cons of each so that when you discuss them with your vet you will not just buy what he recommends to you but you can get involved in a deeper and richer discussion with your vet concerning what is best for your pet. The most popular form of flea and tick preventive known as “topical medication” is often referred to as “spot on” products. Topical products are applied to a pet’s skin between the shoulder blades or at the base of the neck. It contains ingredients that drive fleas, ticks, and even mosquitoes away. The chemical is actually deposited into the dog’s skin since it spreads all over the pet’s entire body. This deposited chemical is then slowly released over several weeks’ time. This type of preventive is very easy to use and is not washed away even if the dog takes a bath or goes swimming. It is important to note though that the product should be allowed to dry, and more importantly keep kids and other pets away until it is fully dried.
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Another type of flea and tick preventive is oral medication which is becoming really popular today since the process is quick unlike the topical method where it takes time to dry it up. Taking this oral medication does not really repel fleas and ticks. The only way that the poison will have effect is when they attack and bite your pet. However, some products not only kill fleas and ticks, they also prevent heartworm disease in dogs and even some internal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. Vomiting and diarrhea are the only know side effects of oral fleas and tick prevention medications.
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One inexpensive method of preventing fleas and ticks is through the use of sprays. There are flea and tick preventive powders which you simply dust over the entire body of your pet. Then shampoo and dips are concentrated liquids that are also available.