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Common pests like ticks and fleas are easy to prevent, but the damage they can do once they latch on to your dog's skin and hair are not so easy to fix. That makes it vitally important to keep your dog on an effective preventative, if you want to keep bug problems like flea infestations, Lyme disease and other skin infections at bay. Up until now, topical preventatives were the standard option for preventing ticks and fleas, but the advances in pharmacology have flooded the market with oral preventatives that are slowly gaining popularity.Are oral medications more effective?
Oral medication can effectively kill up to 99.9 % of the adult fleas in your dog's body. Topical treatments on the other hand have a success rate of 88.5% The difference is huge, especially if your goal is to keep you dog healthy and flea-free. The convenience of oral medication is another big factor that tips the scales in its favor. Unlike topical preventatives, they are much more easy to administer and don't leave behind a sticky mess. Most of the oral medication come as soft chews or beef flavored pills. Your dog will just eat the medicine like a treat, and stay protected from ticks and fleas for up to 3 months.If you are a dog owner, we are sure you been in a situation where you have had to get separate preventatives for ticks, fleas, heartworms, and intestinal parasites. We all know that this can be quite expensive and inconvenient, especially if you have more than one dog in your household. Fortunately, most of the oral flea medications are also effective in preventing other pests. You have tablets that need to be administered just once a month
to prevent hookworms, heartworms, whipworms and roundworms.How to choose the right oral preventative for your dog?
You need to consider your dog's lifestyle into account when choosing an oral preventative. If your pet does not stand the risk of getting exposed to ticks and you want to stick to an easy regimen, you can go for chewable tablet that has o be administered just once every month. If you are concerned about a possible tick infestation, then there are targeted medications
in the market that guard against both ticks and fleas. You will still have to give your dog heartworm medicine separately, but you get to avoid the sticky mess of topical treatments. Bear in mind that most of these medications are given on a prescription-only basis. So, you need to check with your dog's vet to figure out your options. He/she will help you choose a product that is tailored to your dog's needs and lifestyle. If your dog still has fleas after the treatment, then you need to clean your home to get rid of the pesky little eggs and larvae.