Protecting your dog against harmful ticks, fleas and other parasites is an important part of pet ownership. Although most owners might give their canines monthly preventative pet drugs to ward off these parasites, many might not know how popular brands work or which method is best for their pups.
Frontline Top Spot Plus is a popular option for dogs as it is an easy-to-use, one-spot application. Frontline has also continued to be one of the most vet-recommended flea and tick preventative pet drugs over the years. This topical application begins to kill all existing fleas within 24 hours of applying it, while it also wards off biting ticks and chewing lice. Frontline can be applied to any dog or cat over the age of 8 weeks and has been found to be safe even with young children around, as long as they don’t touch the dog until the product has fully dried. If you have youngsters in the home, you may want to keep them away from the dog after you apply the preventative medication by keeping the dog gated off from them using a Mission Aztec Freestanding Pet Gate. Make sure to supply the dog with its pet products including itsHeated Bolster Dog Bed and fresh water while it’s separated.
Comfortis is another form of flea and tick preventative medication, but this option provides protection through a monthly chewable tablet. This version may be better for people with kids or for dogs who are prone to licking a lot. Comfortis also differs from Frontline as it starts to kill fleas within 30 minutes of giving the dog the tablet. Some vets have found that the product is very effective at keeping fleas at bay, but may not be as efficient at warding off harmful ticks. Plus this medication requires a prescription from the vet, so it may be a bit more difficult for owners to remember to refill over other options. If you still prefer this option, you may benefit from spraying your yard with tick and flea preventative products to make sure you, your dog and your family stay fully protected. A product like the Virbac Yard Spray can cover up to 6,000 square feet of yard and works to kill anyfleas or ticks in the space. The spray does not harm grass or foliage and can be spread easily by connecting the bottle to your garden hose.