Flea and Tick Treatments

 Prevention Choices For Dogs

It's the season for the flea and tick again and your beloved pet is suffering from these pesky biting bugs.

There are several products for your dog on the market, but which one should you choose? 

A few things you should consider when choosing a product are:

  • How quickly and reliably does it work
  • Is it easy to use
  • What are the side effects and how will it affect my dog

Flea and Tick for Shih Tzu dogs

Flea and Tick Products

  • Only Natural Easy Defense Repellent
    I believe the best method is to stop the pests before they even jump on my dogs.  This natural repellent has worked well for my Shih Tzu dogs.  Non-toxic and works for a very long time.  Less expensive overall than some other treatments too.
  • Frontline Plus Flea and Tick
    I've used Frontline for years before switching to a more natural approach.   Frontline
    contains fipronil and (S)-methoprene. Once its applied, it stores itself in the oil glands in your pet's skin. It then self-distributes continuously for 1 month to your pet's hair and skin through the hair follicles.

    Although it doesn't actually stop the them from biting your dog, once they do bite, this usually kills them.
  • Advantage
    Advantage is a monthly flea treatment for dogs which kills adult fleas, larvae, and eggs. Plus, it kills fleas through contact, which means fleas don't have to bite your pet to die.

    However, it doesn't do anything against ticks.  If ticks aren't an issue for your dog, than you may do well with this product.  If ticks are a problem you'd probably do better with Frontline.
  • Herbal Defense Shampoo
    Although I use an HerbalDefense shampoo as a preventive, it is by no means something that will keep you pet safe from biting insects by itself.  It's best to use this shampoo with other forms of treatments.
  • NexGard
    A soft chewable for dogs only, that is given monthly.  It uses an ingredient called Afoxolaner.  It kills and prevents adult fleas infestations.  NexGard is also for tick kills and prevents the infestation of 3 common dog ticks, American, Deer and Lone Star. 

    Just like any medicines it may cause some adverse reactions which include  vomiting, dry/flaky skin, diarrhea, lethargy, and lack of appetite.  Its recommended not to use it in pregnant, breeding or lactating dogs, and it cautions against dogs with a history of seizures.
  • Seresto Flea and Tick Collars
    The Seresto collar is made by Bayer and is said to kill and repel ticks within 48 hours and kills fleas within 24 hours of application.
  • Capstar
    This is an oral tablet that kills adults fleas.  Ticks are not effected by it.  Its said to have very few side effects and is effective.

    However, it does not kill flea eggs and larvae so it might have to be administered several times to completely get rid of an infestation. Some say it's most effective when used combined with a monthly treatment for both immediate and long term relief.
  • Essential Oils
    Essential oils like Lavender and Lemongrass are said to be a great natural way to repel them pests.  However, you will have to reapply more often.



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