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How to Choose Tick Medicine for Dogs

To get rid of any fleas or ticks on your dog, there are various medications you can use. With the many brands available in the market, it can be difficult to decide which one to go for. The tick medicines are applied in different ways and have their pros and cons. Continue reading for an overview of the major types of flea and tick medications you can buy for your dog.

Consider Your Dog’s Lifestyle
To find the right tick preventing medication, it’s important to consider your pet’s lifestyle. There are a number of factors that will determine which medicine will be right for you. Examples of the factors include the age, breed, species and health of your dog. Before you start applying any tick presentation medication on your dog, consult your veterinarian.

Topical medications are among the common types of tick medicines for dogs. This medication is also referred to as “spot on” medicines. Generally, topical medications have to be applied on the base of the neck of the dog or between the shoulder blades. The ingredients used to make the medications are not poisonous to the dog but kill pests. Some topical medications can also repel pests. If you apply such a medication on your dog
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When you apply topical medication on your dog, the ingredients spread all over the pet’s body using a bioadhesive or through the sweat glands. Topical applications take a few minutes to dry and are easy to apply. Your dog will be free to bath or go for a swim when the medication has dried. You should confirm that the medication has dried before you bathe your dog. You should also ensure the dog you are treating stays away from kids and other pets until the medication has dried. Finally, it is important to use a gentle shampoo that does not strip off the skin when bathing the dog. If you bathe the dog using a shampoo that strips off the skin, the medication could also be removed.
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Oral medications are the other type of tick and flea preventatives you can use. With oral medications, you simply need to give the dog the medication through the mouth. Unlike topical medications, oral do not have tick or flea repellent properties. The pests first have to attach themselves to or bite the dog for them to be killed.

Like is the case with any oral medicines, your pet may have an upset stomach. In some case, it is difficult to make the dog take the oral medication. When you give your dog oral medications, he may suffer from various side effects, for example skin reactions like redness, itching and hives.

The above are the major types of flea and tick medicines for dogs.