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Choosing the Best Topical Flea Prevention

Protecting your pet from fleas and ticks is undeniably one of the most important things you should do for your pet. Not only are fleas and ticks a pain to get rid of on your pet and in your home, but they also present a real threat to your pet's health. Giving your pet flea and tick preventatives is the best way to prevent a flea infestation and protect your pets from harmful, disease transmitting fleas and ticks.

When it comes to fleas and ticks, it's much better, easier, and safer to prevent the problem than to treat it. One effective and popular method is topical treatments. Topical flea and tick medications, also known as "spot on" medications are a monthly treatment applied between your pet's shoulder blades.

Most topical flea and tick preventatives not only kill fleas and ticks but also repel them. Some also kill and repel mosquitoes, prevent heartworm, and more. There are many different products that feature different benefits. When choosing the best topical for your pet, it's important to consider your pet’s day-to-day life in order to protect them against anything they might come in contact with.

Deciding on which topical is best for your pet will depend on where they spend most of their time. Indoor cats or dogs who don't spend much time outside might not need the same topical as a dog who spends a lot of time outside in areas that might be full of ticks. If your pet spends a lot of time in water, it's important to use a topical that's waterproof and will remain effective for the full month. Use the table below to help you decide which topical is best for your pet.

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