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Understanding the Different Types of Tick and Flea Treatments for Pets

When it comes to tick and flea protection for your pets, monthly treatment is crucial. Besides, it is easier and less expensive to protect your pets from infestations and disease than it is to treat them after a diagnosis. We’ve all seen that flea infestation treatments can be very expensive and a huge burden to pet owners, while tick-borne diseases can cause weight loss, pain and other possibly serious side effects to affected animals.

But what treatment in particular will be best for them? Obviously, this depends on various factors, including the nature of the various treatments available. To determine which one is pet for your pet, it’s of course necessary to understand their differences.

Topical Approach

Topical treatments are pet medicines directly applied to the pet’s skin, where it is absorbed into the animal’s gland system that makes body oils. These oils then distribute the medicine throughout the pet’s body usually over a month. If you have no pets that go outside, you may pick something that only kills fleas. If your pets spend much time outside, a product that exterminates both fleas and ticks is best. Topicals are commonly waterproof, which is good if you want to bathe your pet within the course of treatment.

Oral Tablets

Oral tablets are made for pets in need of speedy flea relief. They start acting in less than 30 minutes and may continue working for up to a full day, meaning they are a short-term treatment.


Flea and tick dips are diluted with water and directly applied to your pet like a bath, allowed to air dry, and then rinsed off. This treatment can provide flea and tick protection for up to 35 days. Be sure to keep the product out of your pet’s mouth or eyes.

Animal Collars

Usual flea collars drive fleas and ticks away by releasing a chemical all throughout the pet’s body. Although they provide some degree of protection and are generally low-cost, your pet may find them uncomfortable, especially as they often have a strong odor. Luckily, manufacturers have found a way to improve flea collars. These products kill adult fleas and larva and kills and repel ticks via a slow release technology that enables them to work for a maximum of 8 months, making them quite economical. To boot, they are odorless and water-resistant.


Flea and tick shampoos normally exterminate adult fleas and ticks upon contact and sustain the effect for a week or two.

Home Treatments

Driving ticks and fleas away can also be done by spot-treating certain parts of the home or by fogging the entire home. Professional pest control services may provide home flea treatments.

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