Not all flea and tick medications are created equal – in fact, it has been proven over and over that there are some chemicals in some flea and tick medications that can have devastating results for your beloved pet.
Heartworm is spread through mosquitos. If you live in a hot, humid climate, then you need to give your dog heartworm year round. If you are going to start treating them for heartworm, make sure you test your dog first – if you give them medication and they have heartworm, they can get very sick and even die. The safest heart worm medication is Interceptor. If you want to add the flea/tick then it is a product called Sentinel
If you wanted to just do Flea/Tick medications, I recommend the plain Revolution.
There are also natural flea/tick solutions if you don’t want to use medication at all. Diatomaceous Earth is the most widely used and effective natural solution for flea and tick prevention. Apple Cider Vinegar can be added to your dog’s food daily to make their saliva and blood undesirable to fleas and ticks.
You can create your own natural flea/tick repellant by using this essential oil blend:
- 1 ½ oz base oil such as hazelnut or sweet almond
- 4 drops clary sage essential oil
- 1 drop citronella essential oil
- 7 drops peppermint essential oil
- 3 drops lemon essential oil
Blend all oils and store in a dark glass dropper bottle. Apply 2 to 4 drops topically to the neck, chest, legs and base of tail. You can also add the drops to a bandana or cotton collar.
** Please note that you should not need to give any of these these products (chemical or natural) year round in the Seattle area, but perhaps just over the warmer months.
Please, please, please, do not EVER give your dogs products with afoxolaner in it – Nexguard, Bravecto, Simparica, Comfortis, Vectra 3D, Credelio – these have all had deaths and seizures reported after administration.