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Beat the Bugs

We're in the dead heat of summer and for those of you in a not-so-cool climate, you know that with the heat comes plenty of bugs. If your pup is outside a lot (and they should be because exercise is awesome!) then you'll need to get them something that will beat the bugs. Here are some different kinds of flea and tick medication you can get your pup. 


Topical treatments are applied directly to the skin, typically into the fur of the top of the neck where Fido can't reach it. This tends to be the most common form of flea/tick medication for dogs. You have to give it to your dog monthly. Here are the best topicals:

  • K9 Advantix II
  • Frontline Plus


A flea/tick collar is worn exactly like a regular collar. It's worn anywhere from every 3 months to every 8 months depending on the brand of collar. It works by emitting a gas that repels bugs. These can also be used to treat existent fleas/ticks and get rid of them.

  • Seresto Flea & Tick Collars
  • Scalibor Protector Band
  • Spectra SHIELD Flea & Tick Collar


Use shampoos and sprays to wash your dog and prevent fleas! These vary greatly and some you'll have to apply weekly while others are every 2 months. Sprays tend to last longer than shampoos. 

  • Adams Plus Flea & Tick Spray and Shampoo
  • Bio Spot ACTIVE CARE Flea and Tick Spray for Dogs
  • Vet's Best Natural Flea & Tick Spray and Shampoo


These come in pill form if you're one to sneak medication into peanut butter. These come in single treatments and don't work as preventative medication, but instead are only taken to get rid of existent fleas. It's one-time only.

  • Capstar Tablets
  • Sentry Capguard (Nitenpyram) for Dogs


There are lots of choices, so you just have to decide what's right for you and your pup! However, we'd reccomend the topicals as these tend to be most effective and offers coverage and prevention on nearly all fronts! 


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Jenna Gomes

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