How To Safely Apply Flea And Tick Medications To Your Pet

There are three types of flea and tick medication for your pets: collarschewable pills, and spot-on treatments. Collars and chewables are simple to use, but if you're considering a spot-on treatment, it's essential to take extra care.

Deciding On A Spot-On Or Topical Treatment

There are four popular options for spot-on or topical flea and tick treatment: Bravecto TopicalRevolutionFrontline Plus, and Advantage Multi. Your choice will depend on your specific needs, such as the level of protection you want, how often you're comfortable reapplying it, and the price of the treatment.

Administer The Medication:

  • For Topical Treatments:
    • Part your pet's fur to expose the skin, usually between at the base of the neck or the shoulder blades .
    • Apply the medication directly to the skin, following the instructions on the package. Avoid applying it to fur.
    • After applying, please wash your hands thoroughly and avoid touching the treated area until it dries completely.
  • For Oral Medications:
    • Administer the prescribed dosage directly into your pet's mouth or mix it with their food, as instructed by your veterinarian.
    • Ensure your pet swallows the medication completely.
  • For Collar Treatments:
    • Adjust the collar to fit your pet snugly, leaving enough room for two fingers to fit between the collar and your pet's neck.
    • Trim any excess length to prevent your pet from chewing on it.

Getting Ready

Before putting flea and tick medication on your furry friend, ensure their skin is clean and in good shape. This can be tough because fleas can cause skin issues, but there are steps you can take to help. Here's what you can do a few weeks ahead of application:

  • Consider switching to a canned diet.
  • Give them supplements like Omega 3 fatty acids and flaxseed oils.
  • Use medicated shampoo during their baths.
  • Get advice and medication from your vet if needed.


Regular flea and tick medication is crucial throughout the year to keep your pet safe. You should apply it monthly (or every 12 weeks for Bravecto). If you skip doses, your pet remains at risk of infestation, even in winter.

If you're using flea and tick medication to eliminate fleas from your pet, you must also tackle your house and yard for complete success.

Chewable Tablets

Chewable flea treatments are becoming increasingly popular because they're simple to give and work well in eliminating fleas and ticks from pets. You have to give your pet a pill or chewable. If you're considering chewables, options like Bravecto ChewsNexgard, and Simparica are worth considering.


Applying flea and tick medications to your pet is essential for their health and comfort. You can effectively protect your furry companion from these pesky parasites by choosing the right product, carefully following instructions, and monitoring for any adverse reactions. Always consult your vet if you have any questions or concerns about tick and flea prevention and treatment for your pet. You can keep your pet healthy, happy, and free from fleas and ticks with the right approach.



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