Fleas and ticks pose serious threats to your dog, causing irritation and itching that can result in hair loss. Both parasites also spread tapeworms which consume valuable nutrition from their host animal.
Flea and tick treatments come in the form of sprays, tablets, chewables, shampoos and collars – your veterinarian can assist in selecting the most effective one for your pet.
Frontline Plus is a spot-on treatment designed to eliminate fleas, ticks (including those that transmit Lyme disease), chewing lice and sarcoptic mange in pets of 8 weeks of age or greater who weigh more than 5 pounds. It should be applied between the shoulder blades of cats or puppies over 8 weeks old and 5 pounds or greater. This product should not be applied directly on cats’ fur or skin as this could harm their wellbeing.
Frontline contains fipronil, a phenylpyrazole that works by interfering with an insect’s central nervous system. By blocking GABA receptors that mimic those found in humans and other mammals, fipronil prevents insects from controlling their excitability; leading to overexcitation that eventually causes death of their animal host.
(S)-Methoprene is another active ingredient that works to break the flea lifecycle by killing adult fleas while also preventing new infestations by eliminating existing eggs and larvae, and blocking immature fleas from maturing further. It is easily absorbed through skin pores into oil glands of dogs where it stays effective for at least 30 days.
K9 Advantix II
K9 Advantix II is a veterinarian-recommended monthly topical application to protect dogs against fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and biting flies. This treatment begins working within 12 hours and kills fleas by contact killing so they won’t have to bite your pet to die; additionally it breaks the flea lifecycle to help avoid future infestations.
This product contains two active ingredients, Imidacloprid and Pyriproxyfen, for effective insect control. Imidacloprid acts as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor to disrupt nerve signals in insects’ nervous systems and cause paralysis and death; while Pyriproxyfen acts as an insect growth regulator by interfering with hormone signals of immature insects and stopping them from maturing into adults.
Apply the entire contents of an applicator tube evenly to two to three spots on your dog’s back between its shoulder blades until all hair becomes visible. Keep other pets away for 24 hours after treating pets as this product contains Permethrin which may be fatal to cats if consumed accidentally.
PetArmor by Perrigo is an effective product designed to kill fleas and ticks quickly while also helping prevent infestations by disrupting their lifecycle. Unlike Frontline Plus, which only targets adult fleas, PetArmor uses 9.8% fipronil and 8.8% (S)-methoprene together to interfere with flea nervous systems and disrupt movement and feeding patterns – providing protection without need for repeated treatments.
Effective against fleas, ticks and chewing lice infestation, as well as helping treat sarcoptic mange in certain dogs, this fast-acting topical solution comes pre-dosed pipettes which you simply open and apply between the shoulder blades on your dog’s back.
Water-proof and effective against fleas and ticks for up to 30 days, its application instructions are straightforward – simply open the pipette, part your dog’s hair and squeeze out the liquid contents onto their skin using the pipette pipette tip – this will absorb into their oils and settle in their fur and hair follicles, killing fleas and ticks within 24 hours and making washing safe thereafter.
Tropiclean Natural Flea & Tick Shampoo
Tropiclean Natural Flea & Tick Shampoo is an all-natural shampoo containing lemongrass and sesame oils to repel fleas and ticks while simultaneously moisturizing skin and coat. Made in the United States and known for being safe for pet use.
This maximum strength shampoo kills fleas, ticks and mosquitoes on contact and repels them for up to seven days. Plus it contains conditioning agents for nourishment of hair and skin care as well as gentle surfactants to deep clean coats – safe for routine bathing of dogs or puppies 12 weeks and older.
Fleas and ticks pose serious threats, carrying diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Lyme Disease and Colorado Tick Fever that could infect both your dog and family members. Regular flea and tick prevention measures are recommended throughout the spring and summer seasons when fleas and ticks become most active.