Flea & Tick Prevention: What are my options?
As pet parents, we have to make a lot of choices when it comes to our pet’s health. And with so many options it gets harder and harder to know what the best choice is for your pet. With flea and tick season reaching its peak, a lot of you may be wondering what is the best method of prevention. All cats and dogs are different, what works well for one may not work for the other. Unfortunately, trial and error are the only way to know which option is best. But where do you start? Here is a breakdown of all the flea and tick prevention options:
Collars: Collars are great if you are looking for a long-term solution. Most collars are good for up to 8 months. This is also a great option if you aren’t into dealing with the greasy mess left from spot-on treatments. If your pet has sensitive skin, this may not be the best option as the collar can irritate the site of the collar.
Topical: Most topical treatments need to be applied every month during flea and tick season between the pet’s shoulder blades. Some topical medications kill fleas and ticks as well as repelling them. If your pet has sensitive skin this may not be the best choice.
The pet also needs to wait at least 48 hours before getting a bath. Meaning you’ll just want to make sure they don’t get into anything after applying the treatment. Be warned that if your pet sleeps in bed with you the treatment will leave greasy stains on your bedding.
Oral: Depending on the medication this can be given to your pet every 1-3 months. Where this treatment can be a great option for pets with sensitive skin, pets with a sensitive stomach may want to stay clear of it. Pro Tip: Put the chewable or pill in your pet’s food or peanut butter so the medications aren’t so hard on their stomachs.
Natural: For those of you looking for a non-chemical way to prevent fleas and ticks there are plenty of choices such as Wondercide or Earth Animal. Natural options can range from topical to collars to sprays. Most of these products produce a scent that fleas and ticks can’t stand, but is undetectable to humans. These products are safe to use on your pet year-round.
Shampoos: If your pet currently has fleas, a flea shampoo is a great option to kill and prevent larvae from developing. However, adding in one of the prevention options above will help keep fleas and ticks away.
Before switching or starting flea and tick prevention it is important to consult with your pet’s veterinarian for the best results.