How can I protect my dog from fleas and ticks?
Fleas and ticks are hard to avoid. They live in the same environments as your dog—indoors and outdoors—and can grow rapidly in number. For example, one female tick can lay as many as 5,000 eggs over a lifetime. And fleas can hide in your carpeting or furniture.
These parasites can be more than just annoyances. Ticks can transmit numerous diseases to your dog, such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Fleas can cause itching, skin allergies, and yucky tapeworm infections. Mosquitoes may spread heartworm infection, which can be serious and is becoming more and more common.
Effectively controlling fleas and ticks often requires a multipronged approach. You may want to consider a 3-step defense that covers your dog, your home, and your yard. This can help reduce the number of fleas and ticks in your dog’s environment, your dog’s exposure to them, and the risks of disease caused by them.
Below are some important products that Virbac has developed to control fleas, ticks, and more. Talk to your veterinarian about how these products may be used to best protect your dog. As with any treatment, always listen to your veterinarian’s instructions and read the product label.
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EFFITIX® Topical Solution for Dogs
Kills and repels ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes; kills lice and mites; and repels and prevents blood feeding by biting flies. FOR USE ONLY ON DOGS 8 WEEKS OLD OR OLDER. DO NOT USE ON CATS.
PREVENTIC® Tick Collar for Dogs
Recommended by veterinarians, this tick collar prevents attachment and kills ticks for 3 months. Do not use on puppies under 12 weeks of age.
ECTO-SOOTHE® 3X Emollient Oatmeal Pesticidal Shampoo
This oatmeal-based pesticidal shampoo kills fleas, ticks, and lice as it soothes and moisturizes the itchy, irritated skin these parasites cause. Do not use on puppies under 12 weeks of age.
PYRETHRIN DIP Anti-Parasitic
This pleasant-smelling concentrate kills and repels fleas, ticks, lice, gnats, mosquitoes, and flies. Do not use on puppies under 12 weeks of age.
KNOCKOUT™ Area Treatment
Protect your home from fleas and ticks with this aerosol spray that kills adult fleas and ticks and sterilizes flea eggs for up to 4 months. Covers approximately 2,000 square feet.
KNOCKOUT™ E.S. Area Treatment
Protect your home from fleas and ticks with this aerosol spray that kills adult fleas and ticks and prevents flea infestation for up to 7 months. Covers approximately 2,100 square feet.
KNOCKOUT™ Room & Area Fogger
This total-release fogger kills adult fleas and ticks and sterilizes fleas and their eggs for up to 7 months. Treats 6,000 cubic feet.