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Flea And Tick Prevention For Dogs

Putting in place a plan of prevention against fleas, ticks and worms is not only an attempt at reducing yet another annoying thing in your dog’s life, but it has the great potential for keeping your dog in the best of health. Neglecting this very important plan of prevention has very negative ramifications in terms of your dog’s overall health. In fact, neglecting to protect your dog against fleas, ticks, and worms could potentially cost him his life.

Collars Used for Pest Prevention

Collars, such as the Seresto and Hartz collars are easy to put on and are also easy on the pocketbook.  Each collar is about five dollars. This collar, in particular, serves as a poison to the nerves of fleas and ticks.  This economical option kills fleas and ticks and also serves as a repellent.

Oral Methods of Pest Prevention

There are a few options on the market in terms of oral prevention methods.  Most doses are either once per month or once every three months. In most cases, it can cost between $15 and $30 dollars each month.  Oral options are usually easy to administer to dogs and there is no worry that other pets in your household or any family members will come into contact with chemicals.  One deterrent for many people with an oral product is that it does not serve as a repellent. They have however been deemed more effective.

Topical Methods of Pest Prevention

Topical methods, while not considered as effective as oral methods, are very convenient.  These products work by entering your dog’s bloodstream through the skin. There are many choices to choose from; one of the most popular choices,  Revolution, because it prevents fleas, worms, mites, flea eggs, and ticks.

Natural Methods of Pest Prevention

If you’re on a quest for a more natural method of prevention, there are products on the market that have that same philosophy.  Earth Animal is one such company.  They have developed natural products for year-round prevention.  These products are a combination of herbs, minerals, and vitamins.  They actually change the odor of your dog’s blood so that fleas and ticks are turned off making the dog’s own blood a deterrent. Their topical products combine Virginia Cedar, Peppermint and Almond oil which safely prevent pests.

6 Tips to Help Prevent Pest Infestations
  1. Do your research before using any products on your dog.  You will need to weigh the risks and benefits of all products you consider.
  2. Stay diligent in maintaining a schedule no matter which method you opt for.  Doing so will increase the effectiveness of the method you choose.
  3. Brush and bathe your dog regularly, especially if he spends a lot of time outdoors. This will help to keep pest infestations to a minimum and will also alert you sooner rather than later of any presence of pests.
  4. Similarly, vacuum your furniture, carpets, and floors and clean out the vacuum bag each time you vacuum.
  5. Wash dog beds and bed linens once a week in hot water to kill pests on contact.
  6. Examine your pet for any presence of pests when he comes in from the outdoors.
  7. Research any “natural” product, such as essential oils before using them on or near your dogs.  Oils that are perfectly safe for humans are often highly toxic to pets.

There are many products on the market for flea, tick and worm prevention.  So many that it may seem a very daunting process to pick which route to take, especially nowadays where we, as a culture, are very aware of the potential dangers associated with exposure to chemicals.  Your choice in a product will depend upon many factors including cost, convenience, the number of pets in the home, history of infestations,  and the locale in which you live.

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