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Spot On Flea Control

Which Treatment is Right for Your Pet?

By Roderick McClain. January 01, 2011 | See Comments

Spot On Flea Control

Spot on flea and tick treatments like K9 Advantix II and Frontline Plus provide month long protection from pests. But which one is best for your pet?

What is spot on flea treatment for pets?

With just one dose, spot on flea and tick treatments for pets provide month long protection against potentially harmful parasites. Treatment is applied by pouring a small amount of oily fluid directly on to the skin of your pet. Within twelve hours of application, nearly one hundred percent of all present fleas and ticks will be killed, as will any new parasites.

Pet owners choose spot on treatments because they're easy to use and because they immediately repel harmful fleas and ticks. A parasite-infested cat may show signs of fatigue, a loss of appetite, and chewing at their skin. A cat that eats a flea could even contract intestinal tapeworms, a dangerous parasite.

Spot on flea and tick protection kills fleas at all life stages, which eliminates the risk of both internal and external parasites. Since many parasites can transmit disease with just one bite, veterinarians agree that the only good fleas and ticks are dead fleas and ticks.

How do I apply spot on treatment?

Spot on application is easy: just apply the liquid in each dose directly to the skin between your pet's shoulders, applying at several spots for larger dogs. With just twelve applications over the course of a year, you, your pet, and your home are protected from ravenous infestation. After twelve hours the application is waterproof, so your dog can fetch a ball thrown into a pond, have a bath, or just cool off with the hose.

It's important to note that spot on treatments are tailored specifically for the size and type of your pet. A spot on treatment designed for a large dog will not work for a smaller dog in any dosage, nor will dog specific medicines work for a cat--in fact they are dangerous. If your household is home to both dogs and cats, be sure to keep your cats and dogs separate for at least 12 hours.

What are the differences between spot on flea and tick treatments?

Before choosing the best option for you and your pet, there are some differences to consider among popular spot on treatments.

K9 Advantix II’s active ingredients attack a tick's nervous system on contact, waging war on a cellular level. The treatment is applied every month and kills fleas and ticks, as well as mosquitoes. K9 Advantix II also controls flea development, giving your pet protection against all sorts of pests.

Frontline Plus does many of the same things as K9 Advantix II: It too is applied every month and kills fleas and ticks, including those that could lead to intestinal parasites. However, Frontline Plus does not repel and kill mosquitoes.

PetArmor is a favorite of some pet owners, because it applies in seconds and generally has no side effects. It also protects your pet from the mange mites that can cause severe skin allergies like scabies, as well as chewing lice. However, it does not control flea development or repel and kill mosquitoes.

Farnam Biospot is a cheap solution to your dog’s flea and tick problem, providing protection for less than twenty-five cents per day. The treatment repels black flies and prevents heartworm, as well as Lyme Disease. Again, however, this medicine does not combat mosquitoes.

As for cats, some veterinarians recommend Advantage II or Advantage Multi for Cats for our feline friends, because it prevents the growth of flea larvae and kills blood striking flies. This product does not protect your pet against ticks and mosquitoes, though.

What else do I need to know about spot on treatment?

Remember: follow directions closely, as doses are specific from cats to dogs, and from smaller dogs to larger dogs. Be sure your pet's weight and the strength of the medication are in agreement. As with all medicines, consult a veterinarian before applying spot on flea and tick treatments to young and old pets, pets in poor health, or pets who have shown sensitivity to pesticides.

Spot on treatments are designed for healthy pets that are neither too young or too old. In severe cases, both fleas and ticks are visible to the naked eye, though it's possible that harmful activity could happen before detection occurs. Ask your veterinarian which spot on treatment is best for your pet.

Spot on treatments protect your cats and dogs inside and out. They also protect you as a pet parent, and your home. These relatively inexpensive treatments ward off Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, tapeworms, and expensive and risky veterinary care. Spot on treatments ensure the health, comfort and safety of your pets while providing invaluable peace of mind to a pet's best friend.

Products mentioned

K9 Advantix II
Frontline Plus for Dogs
Farnam Biospot
PetArmor
Advantage II for Cats

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This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard or delay seeking professional advice due to what you may have read on our website. 

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