Common Ways to Treat and Prevent Fleas and Ticks on your Dogs
During the end of spring and all throughout the summer season, you expect to be burdened by the flea and tick for dogs. No matter how hard you try keeping them clean and your surroundings free of any stuff that could become a breeding ground and hiding place for those blood-sucking pests, they seem to find a way to get to your animal buddies. But there's really no blaming them because they need the blood of animals like your dogs to survive. So the moment you figure out your dogs have fleas and/or ticks, the good news is you can get rid of as well as prevent them from spreading and breeding with very simple and convenient ways.
1 - Oral Medication
If you visit the vet, you will be provided with several cat flea treatment and prevention options designed against fleas and ticks. One of those options is pills that are typically orally administered to the dog once every month. They usually work by disrupting the life cycle of young fleas and ticks, thereby killing them right before they grow mature enough to begin wreaking havoc.
2 - Spot on Treatment
The next option is probably the most popular among dog owners for the reason that they're convenient to use and does not require giving the animal oral medication. However, this over-the-counter treatment for fleas and ticks will only last for a limited time, mostly for about a month or so. The most notable issue with spot-on treatment is that it could pose some type of danger through exposure if you have kids who play with your dogs at home.
3 - Dog Shampoo
Meanwhile, there also is a bunch of regular and cheap flea treatment for dogs such as using a specialized shampoo containing medicated ingredients. This type works by way of killing fleas and ticks once it comes into contact with the unique ingredient added to the solution. It is effective but once it dries up, fleas and ticks will once again find their way to your dog.
4 - Tick Dip
Finally, tick dip works pretty similar to that of a dog shampoo with medicated ingredients. The difference though is that it is strong enough that it needs to be diluted in water first before applying to the fur of the animal. It also isn't supposed to be rinsed off once applied and instead will have to be left to dry on the dog. This treatment isn't meant to be used for puppies as well as nursing pets.