Those several feet of challenging snow this winter provided a cozy blanket under which ticks stayed warm and happy. It’s summer, they’re back, and potentially in much greater numbers thanks to Mother Nature.
Ticks are nuisances, but they also carry many diseases that threaten us and our furry friends. Luckily, there are several ways to help prevent ticks (and fleas) and to protect your dogs and cats from their dangers.
There are three routes of administering protection, Oral, Topical Liquid and Collar. They all work pretty well, and the one to choose is the one that best fits your lifestyle needs. Read on to find out the differences.
Perhaps the most popular form of tick and flea protection, at least up until this point. The leader of the pack is known as Frontline Plus. It’s a monthly topical, applied to your pet’s skin in between the shoulder blades. Their movement helps to distribute the product into the sebaceous glands where it is continually released over a month’s time. The active ingredient wrecks havoc on the central nervous system of fleas and ticks and an insect growth regulator kills flea eggs and larvae. Safe for use in puppies and kittens 8 weeks and older.
Easy to use, sometimes leaves an oily residue for a few days in the area of direct application.
Typically no side effects, although rare cases of skin irritation have been reported.
Your pet can swim without reducing the potency of the product, just refrain from shampooing 48 hours before and after application.
Kills fleas within 12 hours, and ticks within 48 hours of application.
No prescription required
Introduced about 2 years ago, this new version of the oldest form of flea and tick prevention, has become very popular. It doesn’t smell or have a dusty film and lasts for 8 months , it repels ticks and is waterproof, although frequent swimmers may want to replace the collar after 5 or 6 months to be safe.
The collar releases two active ingredients in low doses over several months. The ingredients are absorbed into the fatty layer of your pet’s skin and distributed over the body to protect against fleas and ticks for 8 months.
The collar has a safety mechanism to release if your pet gets stuck, and the ingredients are not harmful to your pet if the collar is ingested(although the collar could cause an obstruction if eaten!)
No prescription required.
Safe for use in puppies at 7 weeks of age and kittens at 10 weeks of age.
Kills fleas in 24 hours and re-infesting ticks are repelled and/or killed in 6 hours.
A brand new, oral flea and tick preventative from the makers of Frontline Plus. Nexgard is a beef flavored chew(but is safe for those allergic to beef), that is given monthly right alongside your pet’s heartworm preventive. It kills fleas before they can lay eggs and is effective against 4 kinds of ticks within 48 hours. The active ingredient is Afoxolaner, which specifically targets invertebrates and causes uncontrolled activity in the nervous system of fleas and ticks, causing them to die. Safe for puppies 8 weeks and older, and over 4 pounds in body weight.
Not for use in cats.
There is more than one effective way to protect your pet. Decide what works best for you, or talk to one of us if you need any guidance. The best way to treat any tick borne disease is to prevent it from starting. The right protection, used as directed, will help you do just that!