Choosing the best flea and tick treatment for your pet can be difficult considering the wide selection of products available in the market today. Do not buy a product simply because of its brand, but make sure that it is also effective in controlling tick and flea infestation in your pet. There has been many treatments developed over the years and we just don’t want something that disrupts the life cycle of a flea or tick but products that are best for every scenario that we may be faced with.
There are many companies that have come up with many products to help the pet owner with flea and tick problems. Topical treatments, sprays and mists, flea collars, shampoos, dipping products, flea combs, and oral tablets are some of the common products that you can purchase for your pet’s flea and tick problem.
You apply topical treatments to the skin of your pet. In order to prevent your pet from licking the medication, you place it behind the head between the shoulders. Application of this treatment is not difficult. They are effective in killing adult fleas within 24 hours. They also kill flea eggs and larvae.
A spray bottle is used to administer flea and tick sprays and mists. Cats, dogs, puppies, and kittens can be sprayed with this treatment. It can instantly kill fleas and ticks on contact. It also breaks the flea’s life cycle because the flea eggs are also killed. Re-infestation is prevented because of residual effects.
Dogs and cats can also use flea and tick collars. There are different sizes depending on the size of your pet’s neck. These are plastic collars that release insecticide to kill fleas and ticks. Somehow only the head area is where you find its effectiveness.
If you need to immediately kill all the fleas and ticks on your dog at a single moment, then using flea and tick dips are effective. If your outdoor dog is infested, then this is the best treatment to use. You simply immerse your dog in the dip up to its neck or sponge the solution all over their bodies, and then leave it on them to dry.
You can also relieve your pets of fleas and ticks by using shampoos. They don’t have any residual prevention against these pests, though. But they can get your pet really clean and help with skin conditions.
If you don’t want to use pesticides, then using a flea comb is a good way of removing fleas from your pets. With a pet comb, fleas can get caught in between its narrow teeth, and those that are not caught end up jumping off your pet. You simply need to run the comb through your pet’s coat. After each run, dip the comb in water and leave any fur caught in it in the water. The fleas will be killed in the soapy water.