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. ** Please note that you should not need to give any of these these products year round in the Seattle area, but just over the warmer months.
There are also natural flea/tick solutions if you don’t want to use medication at all. There are natural flea/tick repellant sprays that work amazingly like this from Organic Pet Products – FLEA AND TICK REPELLANT. They also make an incredible salve for cuts and scrapes.
Diatomaceous Earth is also used and is an effective natural solution for flea and tick prevention but it can be tricky and messy. Apple Cider Vinegar can be added to your dog’s food daily to make their saliva and blood undesirable to fleas and ticks.
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.