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For dog owners, there's nothing worse than finding a tick or flea on your dog. When your furry friend goes outside to play or potty, it's easy for them to pick up these little critters. But if left untreated, ticks can cause some serious health issues, including stiff joints, lethargy, fever, diarrhea, and vomiting.
While there are many ways to get rid of these pests, one of the most effective methods is a flea and tick dog collar. Made with a combination of pyrethrin-based insecticide and an insect growth regulator (IGR), these collars prevent pests from getting a foothold on your pup without causing any harmful side effects.
If you’re shopping for a dog collar that can ward off fleas and ticks, there are some factors that you should consider before making a purchase.
Since these collars start working with skin contact, it’s important to pick one that fits comfortably around your dog’s neck without causing any discomfort or irritation. For optimal fit, measure the circumference of your dog’s neck and then add 1 inch. This will allow for a comfortable fit while still being snug enough for maximum protection.
While some collars use amitraz to repel pests, others contain permethrin which kills ticks and fleas on contact but may irritate your pet's skin or cause allergic reactions such as sneezing and scratching. To prevent any allergic reaction, check the active ingredients of the collar — especially if you have a dog with sensitive skin like a poodle, pug, or Shih Tzu.
We all know that bacteria and parasites thrive in moist environments. For all-around protection, it’s important to look for a flea and tick collar that can withstand water. This way, you don't have to worry about removing it every time your dog takes a bath, goes swimming, or rolls around in the mud.
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Looking for a flea and tick collar that’s both effective and easy to use? You can’t go wrong with the Seresto Flea and Tick Dog Collar. Ideal for dogs over 18 pounds, this product uses a polymer matrix to store the active ingredients and gradually release them throughout your furry friend’s coats. This feature provides continuous protection against all kinds of pests as well as diseases like sarcoptic mange.
Unlike other treatments, this flea and tick collar starts working within 24 hours of application, so you know your dog is protected from day one. Another plus? This option is completely water-resistant, odorless, and non-greasy. Designed without any upper limit, this dog collar is ideal for dogs of all ages — even puppies as young as seven weeks old!
Jarett and his vapor wake dog, Toxi, help keep the students and public safe on the University of Notre Dame’s campus. Jarett knows what equipment, food and toys to keep Toxi safe, productive and still able to have fun.