It’s Flea & Tick Season Get Your Pet Treated Now!

What to Look For in Best Flea and Tick Treatment for Your Cat & Dog

We had the weirdest and longest winter here in Alberta. Flea & Tick season started early. There were reports of ticks on dogs and cats as early as March, but then the weather turned cold again and these critters slowed down for a bit. Now into May with the weather warmer, we are seeing more of these nasty insects.

Usage

When looking for to cure your dog of fleas and ticks, the usage of the treatment is something to take into consideration. Oral medication (flea pills) usually have to be taken daily until the infestation is gone. Topical treatments, however, can be administered once a month and can last up to 30 days. Oral pills are an options as well. Each dose will last three months and you do not have to worry about the liquid mess of topical treatments.

Are there Cats at Home?

Is your dog best friends with a cat?

Dogs aren’t the only animals that can be infected by fleas and ticks. Cats can as well, and they can pass on cat fleas to your dog. It’s important that when you treat your dog for fleas and ticks, you also treat your cat to prevent them from passing on fleas and ticks after the treatment is done.

Immediate Relief?

Looking for immediate relief for your dog? Then you might benefit from topical  treatment like a spot-on treatment that is usually effective within 12 hours.

Effectiveness

While the topical treatments provide almost immediate relief, they are not as effective as oral medication.

As flea pills are prescribed by a vet, they are a stronger and more powerful form of treatment that ensures the fleas and ticks will be killed.

Preference

There is no preference when it comes to curing your pet of fleas and ticks, rather what you believe will be the best form of medication for your dog.

Remember, check all the factors we stated above and make sure that the best flea and tick treatment for dogs you choose is suitable for your pet.

For Both Dogs and Cats?

If you are looking for a treatment that cures both dogs and cats then a topical treatment might be the best option for you.

Oral medication prescribed by a vet has a different dosage for cats and dogs and will vary depending on their age and weight. A topical treatment, however, is applied to the skin so it is safe for both dogs and cats.

Age & Weight of Your Dog?

The age of your dog will play an important role in determining whether topical treatment of oral medication is the best form of treatment for your pet. Topical treatments, depending on the brand and ingredients, can usually be given to pets from 7 weeks onwards. Oral medication, however, is given when your pet is usually 14 weeks or older. When selecting flea & tick treatment for your pets, it is necessary to also consider their weight as well.

Price!

Whether we like to admit it or not, the price is an important factor when it comes to treatment.

For oral medication, the price is usually around $50 – $75. For topical medication, the price ranges from $30 – $70 depending on the brand and other contributing factors.

If you would like to look at getting your pet a flea and tick collar, then you would be looking at a price of $20-$50.

Other Considerations

Does your pet love to play in water or do you live in a climate that rains a lot and are not considering a liquid or oral treatment, please make sure the collar is waterproof. Some collars lose effectiveness after being wet. When choosing your flea & tick treatment, it is also good to look into how long each treatment is good for. The liquid treaments are often only a month. Oral treatments are three months in length and flea collars can be effective as low as one month up to eight months.

In our house we have two cats and two dogs. We use an oral treatment for all four pets in the high flea & tick season but switch to a good collar at the beginning and end of the seasons. Please do not double treat your pet with both a collar and either oral or liquid treatments at the same time. I can not stand fleas in the house. fingers crossed we have not had any for about four years. I had started using an ultra sonic device to keep mice away from our trailer when we were not using it. this device has worked great for years. Now there are these devices that work for fleas and other pets as well. The big consider is placement of devices. We place ours by the doors to prevent pest coming in.

I hope you have a great spring and summer with little or no flea/tick problems.

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