The health and well-being of your dog are as much about the prevention of illness as it is about treating them when they are ill.
Fleas or ticks love taking up residence in your dog's lovely warm fur, and if they do, these parasites can cause your dog issues ranging from skin irritation to serious, and even deadly, illnesses.
To help you find a way to stop this from happening to your beloved pet we will now review the best flea and tick prevention for dogs.
For those of you that want a flea and tick prevention measure that doesn't involve a collar, then this shampoo might be the answer. Its formula is made from natural ingredients, it is suitable for dogs with sensitive skin, plus it eliminates odors.
While a dog shampoo has many benefits, the one we need to focus on first, for the purposes of our review, is how well it can prevent flea and ticks taking up residence on your dog. The shampoo uses only natural ingredients and the one in this formula which will primarily prevent fleas and ticks is lavender oil.
Apart from its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to soothe skin, lavender oil is a potent pest repellent so any fleas and ticks which target your dog will soon be off elsewhere and looking for another victim. Lavender oil has even been shown to prevent tick eggs from hatching, so if your dog has already been visited by ticks, then this shampoo will prevent the next generation of them from becoming a problem too.
Obviously, when you use a shampoo to prevent fleas and ticks on your dog, you have the added benefit of it cleaning and conditioning your dog's skin and fur too. One of the primary ingredients in this shampoo is colloidal oatmeal which will nourish your dog's coat, tame any skin irritations, and combat any signs of your dog's fur becoming dry and lifeless. It will also leave your dog's fur feeling softer and smoother when you stroke them.
Using a dog shampoo can leave owners worried they might hurt or damage their dog's eyes when using it, however, that concern can be eliminated thanks to the shampoo's tearless recipe and ingredients. Also, we must mention the use of vanilla in the formula which will get rid of any horrible doggy odors and replace them with a fresh, clean aroma.
One of the other benefits of the natural and homeopathic ingredients are their soothing and calming scents whilst being used. Not every dog likes to be bathed or showered so anything which can help them relax is to be welcomed.
There are lots of potions and lotions available for dogs, but some are so full of chemicals they could do more harm than good. The fact that this shampoo uses natural ingredients which have proven benefits means you can use it safe in the knowledge that nothing in its formula can do harm.
One gripe about this shampoo is that it does not identify how long each use will prevent fleas and ticks, so a dog owner is unaware of how often they should wash their dog with it.
This is a flea and tick prevention dog collar which can be cut to size to fit most dog types and breeds. It has been recommended by veterinarians and is a very simple and effective answer to the problem of preventing fleas and ticks from attacking your dog.
With the old adage being 'prevention is better than the cure' this flea and tick prevention collar certainly lives up to that sentiment. It has an active ingredient which is distributed across your dog's skin and coat and goes to work immediately to kill, or even better, ward off, fleas and ticks that might be targeting your dog. The preventative ingredients are perfectly safe for your dog, and will not harm their skin, irritate it, nor damage their coat if the collar is used correctly.
Fitting the collar, could not be easier and it can be used on dogs, both big and small. It is supplied in a single length of 25 inches which you cut to suit the size of your dog's neck. A great idea is to place the excess you have cut off the collar in your dog's bed so that any fleas or ticks which may be located there are dealt with too.
A problem which arises with some flea and tick collars is that they need to be taken off if your dog gets wet. That is something you need not worry about with this collar as it is fully water resistant. This means that rather than having the inconvenience of taking your dog's collar off every time they are wet, you can leave it on, with the added advantage that it is working to prevent fleas and ticks all the time.
The collar has an active life of around four months which is the length of time its pesticide will continue to be effective. It is therefore recommended that you change the collar every 12-16 weeks for maximum protection.
Preventative measures to protect your dog don't come much simpler than this. It is a very easy flea and tick collar to cut to length and then use, and nothing goes to waste, as you can use the excess elsewhere such as their bed, or kennel.
While 4 months is a decent length of time for the collar to actively prevent fleas and ticks, there are others that have up to double this life, albeit with a higher price.
This is a dog collar which provides safe and effective flea and tick prevention for up to 8 months. It can be fitted easily and is suitable for both large dogs and small dogs thanks to the ability to shorten its length if required.
This is as simple a solution to the issues of fleas and ticks, as can be, with the minimum of work required to fit it on your dog. Depending on the size of your dog, you simply cut the collar to length and then fit it around their neck. One point to note is that it is recommended that you leave one or two extra inches in length so that it is as comfortable as can be for your dog.
Once it is fitted the collar works on the principle that its active ingredients emanate an invisible insecticide and a secretion. The insecticide works to keep fleas and ticks away from the dog, and the secretion works its way through your dog's coat. It combines with the natural oils your dog emits from its skin and this combination ensures that parasites are killed across the entire length of the dog's body.
The active life of this flea and tick prevention dog collar is an impressive 8 months. This helps to keep the cost down of parasite prevention down compared to other collars which may only work for 4 months before they need to be replaced.
Another benefit of this dog collar is its resistance to water. As most dog owners know, dogs getting wet due to rain or running around on the wet grass after a rain shower, is part and parcel of what a dog does. Having a flea collar which does not need to be taken off, is much more convenient for the dog owner and more effective in terms of preventing parasites.
While the collar is effective for the prevention of both fleas and ticks, it will also act to prevent other parasites too. Mosquitoes, lice and other larvae are known to be the cause of skin irritation, heartworms, and tapeworms, so anything which can stop them doing any of that damage to your dog is welcome.
Having a life of 8 month means that not only will this flea and tick prevention collar keep working to keep your dog parasite free for a long time, it will no doubt save you money compared to other prevention remedies.
The collar does have quite a distinctive odor, which may not be liked by all dog owners. Bear in mind an odor means it is emanating its pesticide and thus doing its work.
This flea and tick prevention collar combines a quick acting agent to kill parasites within 24 hours, with a longer acting pesticide which lasts for 6 months and seeks to prevent any further infestation.
A concern which is often raised by dog owners when discussing the use of flea and tick collars is whether they can cause any harm to their dogs, such as skin irritation. This should not be an issue when using this collar as the materials used within it are both environmentally and biologically friendly. This should give you the reassurance that this product is safe for your both your dog and any of your family who comes into contact with the collar.
As you'd expect from a quality flea prevention collar it is water resistant; therefore, it can be worn whenever your dog is swimming or playing in the water and will still be effective. This feature makes the collar so much more convenient to use in comparison to those which are not water resistant and need to be taken off whenever the dog goes outdoors.
The protection which the Deciph flea and tick prevention collar provides should last up to 6 months before it needs replacing. This protection starts from the second you put the collar on your dog and it should kill up to 95% of the parasites that may already be present within the first 24 hours of use. Thereafter, the collar uses an extended release technology which acts over the longer term so that any potential infestation of fleas, ticks, and other parasites such as mosquitoes and lice are prevented.
This flea and tick prevention collar is one-size-fits-all so regardless of your dog's size it will be suitable for them. Fitting the collar to your dog is a simple matter of trying it around your dog's neck, and then snipping off any excess length of collar that there is. The collar can then be secured using the simple buckle. The excess length of collar should not be thrown away as it can be placed in your dog's bed or basket as an extra preventative measure against unwelcome parasites where your dog sleeps.
Discovering that your dog has fleas, ticks or any other type of parasite can be very worrying so naturally, you will want a quick solution. The fact that this flea and tick collar acts immediately and can wipe out up to 95% of these parasites is most welcome.
Whilst no product of any type is indestructible, especially when it is for dogs, this collar could have been made a little bit stronger so that it would not be in danger of being accidentally ripped off by the dog when it scratches itself, for example.
This non-toxic flea and tick prevention collar, is suitable for both dogs and puppies, and provides a very effective solution to the issue of ensuring that your pet is not infected by parasites and can be helped to get rid of them should some already be present.
This is quite a unique flea and tick prevention collar in that you not only have a choice of sizes to choose from, you also can select a color too. Albeit the sizes are either medium or small, and the color is limited to either green or orange, but it is good to see the choices being available anyway.
With regards to the sizes, the medium is suitable for larger adult dogs and has a maximum circumference when worn of just under 24 inches. The smaller size is obviously for smaller dogs and puppies and has a maximum length of around 16 inches. In both instances, once you have the collar and have established the exact length you need for your dog, you can cut the excess off, and fasten the buckle.
The collar starts to work immediately and continues to work based on a slow release system which will kill and repel fleas, lice, ticks and other parasites for a period of up to four months. The collar's active ingredients are such that they are said to be able to kill over 500 different species of insect, and while you may not be able to even name that many, at least you know your dog's collar is working away to eliminate them, whatever their names might be.
If your dog is one which loves to splash about in water, whether that is your pool, the local pond the river or if they are lucky enough, the sea, they can continue to do so wearing their collar. It will resist water so there is no need to remove whenever it or your dog gets wet.
We are great believers that the more choices a product manufacturer gives to a customer the better it is, so it is great to see a flea and tick prevention collar being offered with different options for both the size and the color.
At just four months the lifetime of this flea and tick prevention collar is at the lower of the scale when compared to other products. Obviously, a long-lasting collar is no guarantee of effectiveness, and if your dog's fleas and ticks disappear for the whole four months then it should not be a problem.
You will undoubtedly have the advice from doctors and health experts that preventing an illness is much more desirable than trying to cure it, and this certainly applies to dogs every bit as much as it does to humans. Therefore, having your dog wear a flea and tick prevention collar or washing them with a shampoo which resists fleas and ticks is the advice many veterinarians will give to dog owners.
When you are looking to buy a flea and tick collar for your dog, always ensure that it either comes in a size that will be compatible with the size of your dog or is one which can but cut to the correct length. A collar which is too loose is dangerous as it can get caught on something whilst they are running and seriously injure their neck. A tight collar will not only be uncomfortable but can irritate them as well.
The period of time over which any flea and tick prevention will be effective is very important. For collars this can range from four months up to around eight although this does not necessarily mean than the one with the longer life is more effective at preventing parasites, so always check reviews and feedback first.
You should always check carefully what ingredients and chemicals have been used to make any flea and tick prevention. Given that the function of these products is to act as a pesticide, it is rare to find one that is 100% natural. Nevertheless, the more natural ingredients there are in any flea and tick prevention product there are, the better it will be for your dog, your family, and the environment.
There is quite a wide variation in how long a flea and tick prevention collar will last, with the variation being between three and eight months. This means for every two of the eight-month products you buy, you'll need to buy five of the ones which last for three months, which can lead to a sizable difference in the amount you need to spend on either product.
For a preventative shampoo, the amount you spend will be determined by how often you wash your dog with it. When considering the cost, you also need to take account of the benefits a shampoo will bring in terms of their coat, cleanliness, and aroma.
Even if you live in one of the sunnier parts of the country, there are bound to be times when your dog gets wet. Whether that is from an unexpected rain shower, or from them playing in or near water, it is going to happen. For this reason, you must check that any flea and tick prevention collar states that it is waterproof or water resistant.
If so, it means you don't need to bother with the hassle of taking the collar off every time you take your dog out. The other important benefit is that any water coming into contact with the collar will not adversely affect its ability to repel fleas, ticks, and other parasites.
Most dogs will wear collars without even noticing they are there, whether that is their normal collar or one designed to prevent fleas and ticks. But this can only happen if the aforementioned collars fit them correctly and are comfortable. Anything which is too tight, irritates them or moves about too much will distract your dog, and can even prove to be dangerous in certain circumstances.
Before purchasing a flea and tick collar, check that you can either select a size which is suitable or can adjust the length of the collar so that it fits your dog properly.
When selecting a flea and tick prevention product you obviously want to ensure that anything within it will be safe for your dog, especially as it will be coming into contact with their skin. Whether that is making sure there are no parabens in the shampoo, or anything that may be toxic in a flea collar, due diligence is always recommended.
On this point, it is not just your dog's health to consider, but also yours and family’s. No doubt you and others in your household will come into regular contact with your dog whilst they are wearing their collar or when they are being shampooed, so make sure that nothing in the product could be harmful to humans.
Flea sprays can be effective for getting rid of fleas which are already present, but there are a number of disadvantages to be considered too. First, the sprays will only treat fleas, therefore ticks, mosquitoes, and lice will remain undisturbed and free to continue the damage they may be doing to your dog's health.
Second, sprays can take several days to be absorbed by your dog's skin, so there is a delay in the fleas being impacted by the spray. Another concern is the possibility of your dog licking where the spray is present and ingesting it, which can be very dangerous to their health. One the subject of health, sprays can also cause humans problems too, and in particular, severe irritation of the eyes.
Fleas are insects who like to make themselves at home on a host such as a dog. The flea will live on its host for its lifetime which is normally up to 100 days. This will obviously be reduced if preventative measures are taken by the dog's owner. Fleas will lay eggs on the host, and the longer they can remain the more eggs they will lay. The problem here is that as the host dog walks around it is spreading the flea eggs and thus the potential for fleas to infect other dogs.
Ticks are arachnids which is the same family as the spider and can live for as long as three years. They do not always stay on the same host and will happily move from one to another throughout their lives. Ticks are hardier than fleas and much more difficult to kill. Of the two, ticks carry a potentially greater risk of serious illness or deadly disease to a dog than fleas do.
We'll start with the more serious of the two and that is ticks. Ticks can carry some very harmful viruses and toxins, some of which can prove to be fatal if your dog becomes infected with them. Tick paralysis is one such disease which results from the tick's saliva getting into the dog's blood. This can lead to serious malfunction of your dog's nervous system and loss of muscle movement. Treatment can help if it is caught soon enough but unfortunately not every dog can be saved.
Other diseases that ticks can pass on to dogs include Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis and Lyme disease. It is also important to note that these three diseases can also be contracted by humans via ticks, so their prevention is warranted.
The sorts of unwanted health issues a flea can create are unlikely to kill a dog unless it is a very young puppy or already very ill. They are most likely to cause skin irritations especially if your dog is allergic to their saliva. Fleas can also pass on tapeworm if your dog swallows it from licking or chewing its skin.
Tapeworms will live in your dog's intestinal tract and deprive him or her of the nutrients that food would normally provide. Another ailment that fleas are responsible for is anemia, which can arise if there are a lot of fleas sucking blood from the dog.
Despite the number of different features that all our flea and tick prevention for dog products have, choosing which was our #1 came down to one deciding factor. That factor was, whether it provided an effective solution to the issue of fleas and ticks which was safe for both the dog and its family.
It was close, but in the end, our #1 flea and tick prevention for dogs is the Deciph Flea and Tick Prevention Dog Collar. This product starts working immediately to rid your dog of parasites to the extent that almost all of them will have been eliminated by the end of the first day of your dog wearing it. Thereafter it will steadily work via a slow-release system to prevent any further fleas or ticks taking up residence in your dog's skin or fur.
The Deciph collar is very easy to fit and is suitable for all sizes of dog. It will also keep working if it gets wet, so you don't have the issue of removing it when it's raining, or you plan to take your dog swimming.
With regard to the matter of safety, we were impressed that the materials used to make this collar are both environmentally and biologically friendly. This means that the collar is safe for your dog and will not irritate their skin. It also means any human who touches the collar can do so safely.
The final plus that the Deciph flea and tick prevention dog collar gives you, is 6 months protection for your dog. This is impressive, and with this long-lasting use, you only need to buy a replacement two times a year, also making it great value for your money.