Types of Flea Prevention

Is your dog or cat on regular flea prevention medicine? Fleas can cause big problems for pets. There are many different options for flea prevention available – some are only effective against fleas, some will repel ticks, and still others can prevent heartworms and other internal parasites. It can be difficult to decide which is the right choice for your pets and your family without the help of your veterinarian!

There are many different types of flea prevention available. Your veterinarian can help you decide which is the best option for your dog or cat.

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Topical Flea Prevention

topical flea preventions are applied to your pet's skin once a month

Almost everyone is familiar with topical flea preventions. These medicines come in a little tube, and you squeeze it out onto your pets skin once a month. Some of these medicines will also also protect your pet from ticks, some are a heartworm prevention, and one will even help keep the flies from bugging your pets!

Oral Flea Prevention

oral flea preventions are a pill that you give your pet once a month

Oral flea prevention medicines often aren’t as popular as the topical medicines, but they are a great alternative. Not every pet is a good candidate for topical medicines, especially dogs that like to spend a lot of time in the water! Some of the oral flea prevention medicines will also protect your pets against ticks or heartworms.

Flea Prevention Collars

these flea prevention collars give your pet flea and tick protection for 8 months

Some people prefer the more “traditional” flea collar. Flea collars have certainly come a long way! The Seresto collar provides flea and tick protection for your pet for 8 months. It’s set-it-and-forget-it flea and tick control!

Flea and Tick Prevention

some medicines will protect your pet against fleas and ticks

Many owners are concerned about ticks. Ticks don’t tend to be a very big problem in cats (because they are such good groomers, they tend to remove the ticks soon after attachment). Dogs can have big problems with ticks, especially dogs who spend any time in or near a wooded area. Some of the topical and oral flea prevention medicines also provide protection against ticks. The Seresto collar also works for tick prevention.

Flea and Heartworm Prevention

some medicines will protect your pet from fleas and heartworms

Every dog should be on heartworm prevention. Why not make your dog’s medicines work harder for him, and try a flea prevention medicine that is also a heartworm prevention?

There are so many options for flea prevention, it can be hard to keep them straight and to make the best choice for your pet. It can be tempting to grab one of the “over the counter” flea prevention options you can find at your local grocery store or pet store. Be very careful with these options – they often don’t work as well as the flea prevention medicines you can get from your veterinarian.

With any flea prevention medicine you purchase, be sure to carefully read the label before you give it to your pet. Some flea prevention medicines that are for dogs can be very dangerous (even fatal) to cats.

Call us or come in to talk to our veterinary technicians or our veterinarians about which flea prevention is the best choice for your dog or cat.

Check out our Fleas Resource Page for even more information about fleas!


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