Dog Flea & Tick Buyer's Guide - Topical & Oral

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Being informed and taking proper preventative measures is the best way to keep your dog and your family safe from fleas and ticks. Not only can they make your pet itchy and miserable, they are also responsible for illnesses like flea allergy dermatitis, Lyme disease, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Protecting your pet from parasites is part of being a responsible pet owner, and luckily, there are many flea and tick control products available that are safe and effective. the table below will give you an overview of some of the best oral and topical flea control products and help you determine which one is right for your dog. Remember to not use dog products on cats. It might cause fatal side-effects!

Spot On Flea Control

Spot On products are the most common flea control products available. They contain a small amount of liquid parasiticide that you apply to your dog's skin. One application usually repels and kills fleas, ticks, and other parasites for up to 4 weeks. Some major brands include Frontline Plus, K9 Advantix II, and Bio Spot.

Oral Flea Control

If your pet is sensitive to the topical products, then maybe an oral flea control medication is the way to go. Products like Comfortis and Sentinel come as flavored, chewable tablets so it's easy to give them to your dog. These products protect your pet from the inside out from pests like fleas, ticks, and certain intestinal worms.

Spot On & Oral Flea Control

  Advantage II Advantage Multi Bio Spot Comfortis Frontline Plus Frontline Top Spot K9 Advantix II Sentinel
  Advantage II Advantage Multi Bio Spot Comfortis Frontline Plus Frontline Top Spot K9 Advantix II Sentinel
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