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    Flea and Tick Prevention

    Keep your pets and free from fleas and ticks.

    Spring, summer, and fall are peak times for fleas and ticks. These insects love to breed and lay eggs in the coats of animals, including dogs and cats. Your pet then brings the colony into your home, which allows the fleas to spread to furniture and bedding. Aside from the itching and skin irritation fleas and ticks cause you, your family, and your pets, these insects can also carry disease and cause illness in animals and humans.

    How to Prevent Fleas and Ticks

    Don't let fleas and ticks take over your pet or your home. With routine maintenance, you can eliminate fleas and ticks from your pets using flea control products from Tractor Supply Co.

    Flea and Tick Control Product Guide

    Compare the following flea and tick control methods and determine which one would best meet your needs:

    Flea and Tick Medication

    Flea and tick medication for pets is among the most effective and easy-to-use treatment for eliminating or preventing fleas and ticks from infesting your cat, dog, kitten, or puppy. Many topical treatments such as Frontline and Spot On are available over-the-counter and work immediately. Depending on the level of infestation, you can actually witness the fleas reacting to the medication and sometimes feel the fleas jumping off of your pet during the first few minutes after application. The topical medication absorbs into the animal's bloodstream through the skin and works quickly to paralyze fleas and ticks, preventing any further egg laying and killing them on the spot.

    When purchasing a topical flea and tick medication, make sure you are getting the right formula for your particular animal. Using too strong of a dose can harm or kill animals. Dosage is determined by the animal's weight, so read the label carefully before applying.

    Another type of flea and tick medication for cats and dogs includes oral drops. The oral medication can be fed to your dog or cat using a medicine dropper. This method is also effective, but may be more inconvenient for some pet owners whose animals may not like taking medicine orally.

    Flea and Tick Shampoo
    Since flea and tick treatment is already mixed in with many pet shampoos, many dog owners use flea and tick shampoo in addition to a medication by default. While anti-flea and tick shampoo is great for eliminating fleas and ticks already living on your pet's scalp, it is probably the least effective method for preventing fleas and ticks if your dog or cat spends lots of time outdoors. The repellant smell tends to decrease over time rather quickly, so new fleas and ticks will colonize unless a supplemental treatment is also used, such as a flea collar or topical medication.

    Flea Collars
    Flea collars are a good option for pet owners who bathe pets regularly using flea and tick shampoo. They are also good for preventing fleas and ticks from migrating to your pet's face, head, and ears from other parts of the body. However, the most effective treatment for fleas and ticks is a multi-faceted approach.

    When purchasing a topical flea and tick medication, make sure you are getting the right formula for your particular animal. Using too strong of a dose can harm or kill animals. Dosage is determined by the animal's weight, so read the label carefully before applying.

    Another type of flea and tick medication for cats and dogs includes oral drops. The oral medication can be fed to your dog or cat using a medicine dropper. This method is also effective, but may be more inconvenient for some pet owners whose animals may not like taking medicine orally.

    Flea and Tick Shampoo
    Since flea and tick treatment is already mixed in with many pet shampoos, many dog owners use flea and tick shampoo in addition to a medication by default. While anti-flea and tick shampoo is great for eliminating fleas and ticks already living on your pet's scalp, it is probably the least effective method for preventing fleas and ticks if your dog or cat spends lots of time outdoors. The repellant smell tends to decrease over time rather quickly, so new fleas and ticks will colonize unless a supplemental treatment is also used, such as a flea collar or topical medication.

    Flea Collars
    Flea collars are a good option for pet owners who bathe pets regularly using flea and tick shampoo. They are also good for preventing fleas and ticks from migrating to your pet's face, head, and ears from other parts of the body. However, the most effective treatment for fleas and ticks is a multi-faceted approach.

    Flea Powder and Flea Spray for Homes
    If your pet has carried fleas and ticks inside your home, you may need to apply flea and tick spray or powder to your carpets, rugs, drapes, and furniture, as well as any inside pet bedding or crates. Even though you have eliminated fleas and ticks from your pet, they will quickly re-colonize your animal's scalp while inside your home.

    It is a good idea to treat your home after you treat your pet to ensure fleas and ticks remain under control.

    Flea and Tick Prevention Schedule for Dogs and Cats

    Follow these steps for complete prevention of fleas and ticks in dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens:

    • Bathe your dog at least once per month using flea and tick shampoo. If your dog has a dry, itchy scalp, look for pet shampoo containing moisturizer or aloe.
    • After bathing and brushing, allow your pet's fur to dry completely. Then apply the appropriate dose of topical flea and tick medication. Most topical flea and tick medication call for once-per-month application. It is usually recommended to apply the medication between the animal's shoulder blades, just behind the base of the neck, where the animal cannot reach with their mouth to lick. Also, apply the topical medication while outside and allow the animal to hang out for a while before letting it back inside. Some fleas will jump off immediately once the medication has been applied and you don't want them continuing to live inside your house.
    • See how it goes. If, after several days, you continue seeing fleas, consider using a flea collar in addition to the topical medication. Consult with your veterinarian about flea control specifics for your pet.

    If your pet has carried fleas and ticks inside your home, you may need to apply flea and tick spray or powder to your carpets, rugs, drapes, and furniture, as well as any inside pet bedding or crates. Even though you have eliminated fleas and ticks from your pet, they will quickly re-colonize your animal's scalp while inside your home.

    It is a good idea to treat your home after you treat your pet to ensure fleas and ticks remain under control.