The Best Approach to Flea and Tick Prevention

Any dog owner knows that fleas and ticks pose serious health issues not just your pet but also for other pets in their care.  According to dog kennel Albertville professionals, fleas are known to transmit tapeworm eggs and can cause a hypersensitivity reaction in a lot of dogs resulting to intense itching and hair loss.  Fleas also can cause anemia due to the blood loss they cause. Fleas transmit deadly diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease.

The Topical Approach

You can use a topical medication like Frontline Plus and Advantage Multi applied to the skin of your dog once a month.  The main ingredient in the medication also kills chewing lice on top of the fleas and ticks present in your pet.  The medication is also effective against roundworms, whipworms, hookworms and heartworms.

The Oral Approach

If you prefer oral medications for your pet there is a medication called Comfortis as well as Sentinel that can help kill these parasites.  The medication is given once every month.  The active ingredient in Sentinel does not kill fleas outright but instead targets the eggs and prevents them from hatching. The drug can also be used against tapeworms, heartworm, whipworms and roundworms.

The Shampoo and Collar Approach

According to dog kennel Rogers experts, flea collars are effective against fleas for three to eight months. There are collars that may be used on smaller pups like the Spectra Shield Flea and Tick collar for pets that are six months of age. 

Shampoos on the other hand are also effective but will require constant use to have a significant effect against the parasites.  They need to be used weekly and may not offer protection to other parasites the same way as the oral and topical medications do.

The Natural Approach

If you prefer the natural method, avoid using brewer’s yeast and garlic as these have been proven to have not much use against fleas. Diatomaceous earth however can kill flea larvae but the microscopic silicone it has can be harmful to your pet.  What you can do is to control the flea and tick population through cutting tall grass and disposing leaves and other litter in your yard. Do consider spraying flea and tick sensitive insecticide along your fence line as well as beneath the shrubs. Give enough time for the insecticide to be absorbed before letting your pet out in the yard.