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5 Top Methods of Protecting your Dog from Ticks and Fleas

It can be a bit of a nuisance to deal with ticks and fleas on your dog. Not only do these parasites look unpleasant, but they can also be somewhat hard to dislodge. And they can cause some serious diseases if leave them on your dog for too long. So to keep your do flea and tick-free, what steps should you take? Luckily, there are a number of ways to do this effectively, although they work differently.Here are some of the top flea and tick prevention methods you should consider:

Oral treatments

You can find pills that you may administer orally to your dog once a month. These pill medications work to exterminate ticks as well as immature fleas. These pills are easy to give, and you won’t have to worry about your kids or other pets coming into contact with the dog afterward as you would with topical treatments.
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Spot-on medications
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Using spot-on treatments is another effectual method of getting rid of, as well as preventing, both fleas and ticks. The medication can be purchased from your local pet store, your vet, or online. Spot-on medications can provide your dog up to one month of protection from parasites. However, even though these medications can be quite effective, you’ll still want to use them care. Make sure you go through all the labels carefully, and in case of any lingering doubts, ask your vet for help.

Dog shampoos

To kill fleas and ticks on contact, bathe your dog with shampoo products that contain medicated ingredients. Although this method may be a bit labor-intensive, it is a low-cost way to prevent a parasite infestation on your dog during the peak season–spring and summer months. It is however recommended that you repeat this process at least once every two weeks because the preventive ingredients won’t last as long as spot-on treatments and oral medications.

Tick Sprays

This is yet another treatment that’s applied topically, and can kill as well as prevent flea and tick infestations. You can use tick sprays when you plan to take your dog out into the woods, where the parasites are most prevalent. It’s important that you use this product carefully, as is the case with other tick and flea control products. Avoid using the spay to close your dog’s face or on other pets, like your cat for instance.

Clean house and lawn

Keeping your house and lawn clean is one of the best preventative measures you can take.Trimming the lawn, trees, and bushes will help lower the population of ticks and fleas in your yard. You will have fewer parasites to worry about when you ensure that they have fewer places to live.