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What You Should Know About Tick Medicines for Dogs

There are many types of flea and tick preventive medicines for dogs in the market. Given the many brands available in the market, you may find it challenging to know which medication will be best for your pet. Each of the medications you will opt for has its pros and cons. Below is an overview of what you should know about the different types of flea and tick medicine for dogs.

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Consider your dog’s lifestyle before choosing a tick preventative medication. You should consider various factors before buying tick medication. The health, age, species, and breed you have are some of the factors to be considered. A veterinarian can advise you on the right flea and tick medication to use on your dog.

One of the most common types of tick preventatives medication is known as topical medication. Some people refer to topical medications as “spot on” medicines. Topical medication are usually applied between the shoulder blades or the base of the neck of the dog. The medications contain ingredients that kill ticks and fleas. Some topical medications can also repel pests. If you apply such a medication on your dog
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When applied, the ingredients in the topical medications spread all over the dog’s body through the sweat glands or using a bioadhesive. The medication is convenient to use and only takes a few minutes to dry. When the medication has dried, you can bathe or take your dog swimming. You should confirm that the medication has dried before you bathe your dog. You should also ensure the dog you are treating stays away from kids and other pets until the medication has dried. Finally, make sure you bathe the dog you have treated using a gentle shampoo that will not strip off the skin. If you bathe the dog using a shampoo that strips off the skin, the medication could also be removed.
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The other type of tick preventative medication you can choose is oral medication. The benefit of oral medications is that you do not have to manually apply them on the dog and let them to dry. Unlike topical medications, oral do not have tick or flea repellent properties. The pests first have to attach themselves to or bite the dog for them to be killed.

Like is the case with any oral medicines, your pet may have an upset stomach. In some case, it is difficult to make the dog take the oral medication. Your dog may also experience a number of side effects, including skin reactions like itching, hives and redness when you give him oral medications.

The above is an overview of the main types of tick preventatives in the market.