Fleas and ticks are a nuisance. Not only are they annoying and irritating for a pup, but they also pose several health risks.
(We’ve discussed those in a previous article that you should check out if you haven’t already!) As a pup Mommy or Daddy, you’ll need to manage and prevent these pests from infesting your pup. Here are some ways to do that.
Oral Control Methods
There are flavored products available to be ingested by a pup to get rid of these pests. For fleas, there’s Comfortis, which is a tablet that wards off fleas for a month. You could also opt for Panoramis, which not only takes care of fleas, but also heartworms and intestinal worms. On the other hand, for ticks, there’s a flavored chew known as Bravecto that is given every 3 months, or Nexgard, which is given monthly. The best part is that these anti-tick chews also ward off fleas!
If your pup can’t stand taking tablets, you can opt for a topspot, which is basically a product to be applied onto your pup’s coat. Frontline and Advantix are both forms of this product. If you’re using them for fleas, apply them on the back of the next monthly. If you’re using them for ticks, do the same, but every 2 weeks. Bear in mind, though, that Advantix is not safe for cats, so opt out of this if you have one!
Frontline is also sold as a spray that needs to be applied to the entire body. It can be tedious and a lot of pups may dislike it, but it’s a cheaper option and can be used on different species of pets.
Environmental Flea Control
Fleas breed a lot, so if you want to be rid of them once and for all, you might have to do this on a larger scale than just preventative sprays and medication. That’s what insect growth regulators are for – they stop young fleas from becoming adults. Flea sprays or foggers such as Fido’s Flea bomb work well for this.
Some collars are designed to keep ticks away. The Scalibor collar is one of them, and it only needs replacing every three months. Make sure you don’t get it wet, though!
These are some ways to prevent flea and tick infestations. Of course you can also use essential oils. Which ones work for you? Give this a like and share to spread the word!
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