During flea and tick season, your dog’s life could depend on you keeping them protected. Flea bites can be itchy, and if they get out of control they can lead to hair loss. Ticks carry numerous diseases, including Lyme disease, which can be contracted by dogs. These parasites live in the very places dogs love to roam, including the woods and tall grasses. Since you can’t control your dog’s every movement, you need to keep them safe by using a preventative product. We strongly recommend discussing your dog’s needs with your veterinarian, who can offer the best advice for which product to use. Once you’ve done that, however, buying online can save you money.
For those trying to decide between Frontline and Advantix, see our comparison here.
If you want to ensure that your dog gets great protection from fleas and ticks this summer, here are five great choices to keep them flea and tick free.
1. PetArmorPro Advanced Flea and Tick Prevention
This product prevents your dog from being bitten by both flea and ticks. It repels and kills fleas and ticks, as well as chewing lice and mites. This isn’t for use on puppies younger then 8 weeks of age. It is a topical, once-a-month treatment, so no need to fight with your dog to swallow a pill. It starts working within 24 hours of application. As with most treatments, the dosage is based on the weight of your dog.
Price: $14.35 to $35
- Easy application
- Works on fleas, ticks, lice and mites
- Once per month is enough to keep them protected
- Topical treatments risk chance of being washed off on day of application
- May not be the best option for your dog
2. Sentry Fiproguard Plus Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs
This flea and tick prevention for dogs contains fipronil, which is recommended by vets. It also contains (s)-methoprene, which is the same active ingredients used in Frontline Plus. This product requires no prescription, so it’s easy to simply order online and you can make sure your pet is protected from fleas and ticks with a great product. Kills fleas and their larvae, as well as ticks and chewing lice. Price varies depending on supply count and the weight of your dog.
Price: $12.06 to $27.99
- Contains vet recommended ingredients
- Available for all dog sizes
- May not always be as effective as Frontline
3. Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs
This treatment is fast-acting control for flea and ticks. It kills all life stages of 4 major tick species, making it a great choice no matter where you live. Like most flea and tick prevention for dogs, Frontline lasts for 30 days and is available in multi-packs. This, along with Advantix, is one of the more popular topical treatments on the market. It’s the one I use on my dog and I’ve never had any complaints.
Price: $31.85 to $146.47
- More expensive
- Some find it isn’t as effective as some other products
4. K9 Advantix II Flea and Tick Control Treatment for Dogs
This treatment kills adult fleas, their eggs and larvae. Advantix works quickly and can stop fleas from biting within five minutes. Within 12 hours it will kill 98 to 100 percent of the fleas on dogs, and will continue working for 30 days. This is a great product to use if you started too late and are already finding fleas a problem. As with most products in this category, this will also work against other pests, including ticks and mosquitoes. The company recommends using it year-round to prevent fleas from wintering in your home.
Price: $29.98 to $60.49
- Fast acting
- Keeps away mosquitoes
- Stays on through bathing and swimming
- Higher price tag
5. Seresto Flea and Tick Collar for Dogs
While topical flea and tick medications work great for some dogs, they aren’t for everyone. If your dog has a history of trouble with the topical treatments or your veterinarian has advised against them, this collar can be an excellent alternative. Flea collars are better than ever and provide virtually the same level of protection as other treatments. For roughly the same price as a 6-month course of topical treatment, the collar works for eight months.
- Lasts eight months
- Water resistant (note: if your dog swims often, duration is limited to five months)
- Like any collar, it can get pulled off
- Must be removed before taking the dog to the groomer