What Every Pet Owner Should Know About Preventing Fleas and Ticks

Keeping Fleas off Pets: Your Options for Preventives

Today’s highly effective parasite preventives each work a little differently to keep fleas off your pets; your veterinarian can recommend a product that best suits your pet’s health needs and your lifestyle. Here’s a look at the differences between oral products (which your pet eats) and topical products (which you apply to your pet’s skin). There are also some effective collars that you may want to ask your vet about.


Oral Flea Control

  • Available as palatable, flavored tablets (or liquid), therefore, generally easy to administer to most pets.


  • No mess.

  • No worry about accidental contact with skin (children’s or other pets’) or potential discoloration of household surfaces (furniture or flooring) from topicals immediately after application.


  • No need to worry about swimming or bathing. (Frequent swimming or bathing may reduce the effectiveness of some topicals.)


Topical Flea Control


  • No risk of your pet vomiting up the medication.

  • No worries about whether your pet ate the whole tablet/dose.


  • An alternative for pets who won't take oral products or are difficult to medicate.


Stop Fleas and Ticks Before They Start

Remember this mantra: When it comes to fleas and ticks, it’s best — and safest — to prevent an infestation than it is to deal with the consequences. Your veterinarian, as an expert in parasite control and prevention, can recommend the best products to help prevent infestation. (Keep in mind that not all insecticides are safe for both cats and dogs of all sizes, so carefully follow your veterinarian’s recommendations.)


With a little effort and a year-round prevention plan, you can keep your pets virtually parasite free — and help ensure that your home sports a “no vacancy” sign when it comes to fleas and ticks.

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