Guidelines for Topical Flea and Tick Treatment

A topical flea & tick treatment for dogs is a spot-on product that is applied on your pet, usually once a month, to eliminate and control fleas and ticks. Topical products are easy to administer and the most effective medicines available in the market for flea and tick control. Topical spot-on products efficiently kill adult fleas and inhibit the growth and development of new fleas. Some of the popular products in this category are Frontline Combo, Advantix for dogs, Advantage for dogs and Advocate for dogs. This article will help you understand the methods, benefits and precautions related to Topical Treatment for Dogs.

Frontline Combo for dogs is widely considered to be one of the most effective spot-on treatments for the prevention of flea infestation and control of brown dog ticks, paralysis ticks and biting lice on dogs and puppies. It’s easy to use, offers quick and effective treatment for fleas and ticks, and delivers continuous protection for up to a month. As it is waterproof, moisture does not affect the medicine. This allows the pet to continue to swim and bathe, even after the application of medicine.

Application of topical medicine on your dog is fairly easy, part your dog’s fur at the back of its neck between the shoulder blades to reveal its skin, place the applicator tip on the skin, and squeeze the tube several times to ensure that the contents are fully expelled. The liquid will spread across the skin and hair of your dog through its hair follicles. While using spot-on products keep in mind that all these products are based on the pet’s weight. To avoid overdosing, it is important to weigh your pet before buying or administering any medication.

Advantix for dogs is another topical treatment that offers full protection against ticks, fleas, lice, mosquitoes and biting insects. The product kills external parasites with its proven ingredients, Imidacloprid and Permethrin, rapidly debilitating, paralyzing and killing pesky insects on your dog. Bear in mind that K9 Advantix is extremely poisonous to felines, so do not use it on cats as it could be fatal. As with any other topical treatment, always ensure that you read the instructions fully before administering K9 Advantix to your pet.

Another extremely popular topical product is Advocate for dogs as it controls fleas and ticks and is also a wormer. This is a monthly topical spot-on treatment that eliminates fleas and heartworms and gastrointestinal worms such as hookworms, roundworms and whipworms. The product also treats sarcoptic mange, demodicosis and ear mite infestation.

Topical Medicines like Advantage for dogs is another product that offers year-round protection from fleas and lice. Advantage acts quickly on the flea’s nervous system to paralyze and kill them and keep your pet flea free.

All topical spot-on products are mainly pesticides and harmful for children and other pets. It is recommended that they be administered with caution and all care be taken to ensure that children and other pets do not come in contact with it till the product has dried off naturally. For optimal results, follow the manufacturer’s instruction of use, administer recommended dosage and follow the recommended guidelines to ensure proper and safe disposal.

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