When it comes to flea & tick preventives for dogs you have many options. How do you know which is the right option for your dog? At Bemidji Veterinary Hospital, we believe in medicine that is tailored to your pet’s specific needs. Our trained staff can answer your questions and help you choose the right product. Here is an overview of the products we carry.
|Route Administered||Oral chewable||Oral chewable||Collar||Topical||Topical|
|Duration||3 months||1 month||8 months||1 month||1 month|
|Covers||Kills ticks & adult fleas. Off-label use on mites.||Kills ticks & adult fleas. Off-label use on mites.||Repels and kills & fleas. Kills flea larvae & lice.||Repels and kills fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, lice, some mites, and biting & sand flies||Kills ticks & fleas, including flea eggs and larvae.|
|Minimum Age||6 months||8 weeks||7 weeks||8 weeks||8 weeks|
When should flea & tick preventives be given?
In short, spring through fall; though in our area the seasons can vary greatly from year to year. Ticks tend to appear as soon as the outside temperature reaches about 45 degrees. They will emerge even if there is still snow on the ground. Most products can be started at that time, though some recommend starting a month early to build up efficacy. During the hot summer months, the ticks seem to taper off, but this is when the fleas become very active. When the temperature dips again in the fall, the ticks tend to reappear with a vengeance.
*None of these dog products should be used on cats.
*Certain medications should not be used on pets with a history of seizures.
*Oral chewable tablets should be given with food.
*Prescription meds can only be sold for pets who have had an exam within the last 12 months.
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Meet with a doctor for an initial exam.
Put a plan together for your pet.