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Top 5 Best Flea & Tick Prevention Products for Dogs

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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

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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

Buy the PetArmorPro Advanced flea and tick prevention here.


Pros:

  • Easy application
  • Works on fleas, ticks, lice and mites
  • Once per month is enough to keep them protected

Cons:

  • Topical treatments risk chance of being washed off on day of application
  • May not be the best option for your dog

Find more PetArmorPro Advanced flea and tick prevention information and reviews here.


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2. Sentry Fiproguard Plus Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs

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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

Buy the Sentry Fiproguard Plus flea and tick prevention for Dogs here.


Pros:

  • Contains vet recommended ingredients
  • Available for all dog sizes
  • Waterproof

Cons:

  • May not always be as effective as Frontline

Find more Sentry Fiproguard Plus flea and tick prevention for Dogs information and reviews here.


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3. Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs

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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

Buy the Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs here.


Pros:

  • Waterproof
  • Long-lasting

Cons:

  • More expensive
  • Some find it isn’t as effective as some other products

Find more Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs information and reviews here.


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4. K9 Advantix II Flea and Tick Control Treatment for Dogs

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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

Buy the K9 Advantix II Flea and Tick Control Treatment for Dogs here.


Pros:

  • Fast acting
  • Keeps away mosquitoes
  • Stays on through bathing and swimming

Cons:

  • Higher price tag

Find more K9 Advantix II Flea and Tick Control Treatment for Dogs information and reviews here.


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5. Seresto Flea and Tick Collar for Dogs

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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.

Price: $54.99

Buy the Seresto Flea and Tick Collar for dogs here.


Pros:

  • Lasts eight months
  • Water resistant (note: if your dog swims often, duration is limited to five months)

Cons:

  • Like any collar, it can get pulled off
  • Must be removed before taking the dog to the groomer

Find more Seresto Flea and Tick Collar for dogs information and reviews here.


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39 comments

  1. Yvonne, you forgot to mention Dog Not Gone’s No Fly Zone dog vest. It is made from a tick repellent material that has the permethrin applied to the fibers of the fabric thus making it insoluble and safe for dogs and people. Check out our website http://www.dognotgone.com or our crowdfunding campaign http://igg.me/at/dognotgone for this safe and effective Made in the USA product to keep ticks off your dog.

  2. Thanks for the information about flea and tick treatments. I live near a heavily wooded area and my dog seems to pick up ticks all the time. I bet a topical treatment would be the easiest, because like you said, I won’t have to fight with my dog to take a pill. I will try it out and see if it helps keep the ticks away. http://foothillsanimalsco.com

    • New product out called NexGard kills fleas and ticks and it is a beef-flavored that dogs love. Just started it.

      • NexGard killed my 16 year old healthy dog. Stupid receptionist at Crater Rd Vet in Petersburg, VA said they were out of Comfortis so just use the NexGard instead. Less than one week later, my Emma was dead. STAY AWAY from NexGard.

      • If you check reviews on this product a huge percent of reviewers gave this 1 star only because there wasn’t a no star option. Reviews state this product has killed or almost killed to the point of hospitalization. Please do research before using this product. Know what you are buying.

  3. Great recommendations :) Summer is synonymous to ticks and fleas, and it sucks having to deal with these nasty bloodsuckers. One of my older dogs (14 year old dachshund) died two years ago because of the complications brought about by Lyme’s disease. I’ll never let it happen to my pets ever again.

  4. I started a Facebook awareness group called “Does Bravecto Kill Dos?” Help inform people about the side effects of Bravecto as published by the manufacture and experienced by individuals. We are seeing reports of severe lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, and inappetence. Some reports of seizures and kidney and liver problems. Please join to become aware

    • I have my dogs on Bravecto based on the vets recommendation. I am checking out your Facebook group now. Can you tell me your experience? Are there any studies showing Bravecto is dangerous? Thanks

  5. Any advice on why topical is better/worse than chewable tablets? My vet recommended chewable tablets because topical doses aren’t as potent. Thanks for the help!

    • We used topicals for years even though my dog didn’t like it, I guess it irritated her skin, and they smell bad, but they seemed to be effective. Several months ago I noticed many fleas on her and applied the Frontline (much to her dismay) and a few days later she was still had many fleas crawling around on her. So we switched to Bravecto which was immediately effective, she had no objection to taking (it’s a pill) and it’s usually hard to get her to take medication. She has not had any adverse side effects that I am aware of. But now, :-( I am concerned about Bravecto and Nexgard after reading these posts. Will have to do some more research.

  6. Two of your top 5 contain Fripronil. My vet confirmed my experience that Frontline no longer works for fleas and my experience shows it doesn’t work for ticks. I had Frontline properly applied and only 10 days old on my dog when I went to Cape Cod. My dog ended up with 30 ticks attached to her, 10 engorged. I would not recommend any product with Fipronil. I am not familiar with this site, but this is a very disappointing listing.

    • Don’t you check your dog after every visit outside. They had to been there for awhile to be engorged. Frontline sucks. Many of the ones listed on this site I really not that great and more importantly they are very dangerous to your pet. I spray my dog’s legs down with a mixture of blue Listerine and water. We been sprayed on the kids. Works great for keeping everything off.

    • We used to use Frontline Plus, never missed a monthly treatment. Then we had a big flea problem. The vet said that since Frontline was one of the first products out there the fleas are becoming immune to it and switched us to K9 Advantics II. We haven’t had a problem with fleas since. But I really don’t like the residue that it leaves behind. I can feel where I put the medicine on him for a long time. It gives my dog this oily look on his fur. So I have been looking into something else.

  7. Just gave my dog her monthly treatment of frontline, it appears its not working for her anymore. What can i do to take care of her fleas for the redt of the month since i cant retreat her with anything else.

  8. I need to say that please do not go to any where, just focus on this site and you will find what you require for your pet dogs , the best ever effective flea and ticks treatment. http://amzn.to/2dMDW8I

  9. Hi, may I ask if BRAVECTO is safe to consume for chihuahua aged 2 years old and weigh 4.1kg? I’ve gotten it from the vet, but I went to check the reviews before giving it to her and the reviews are terrible. But there are also good reviews however, there are like 80 negative feedbacks and 20 positive feedbacks only. Please advise!

  10. Hi, may I ask if BRAVECTO is safe to consume for chihuahua aged 2 years old and weigh 4.1kg? I’ve gotten it from the vet, but I went to check the reviews before giving it to her and the reviews are terrible. But there are also good reviews however, there are like 80 negative feedbacks and 20 positive feedbacks only. Please advise!

  11. What about Revolution(selamectin)–prescribed by my vet? I’ve used it this year and its seems to work against fleas, but dog has lots of ticks this year. Have seen no reviews of this product.

    • Hello…..be very careful with revolution, I had both my golden retriever and my german shepherd on this and both had similar reactions just as bravecto…..vomitting and diarrhea and a little lethargic…. I would never use this again…….

    • Great stuff and works but because it is so good, they will only prescribe Revolution with prescription. The veterinary practice here will not give a prescription and sell their own stuff over the counter.

  12. They also forgot to mention the Seresto collar like the others are made of all chemicals. They are not for dogs that like to cuddle or are on the bed or sit around you or especially playing with kids. What does that tell you!

  13. I work in an animal Emergency clinic and can say how dangerous, and sometimes lethal the over the counter flea and tick products are. Time and time again pet’s – more often cats are brought in after owners have applied these topicals. Generally these OTC products do not work. We have cats in the clinic with seizures, facial twitching, tremors and even unconscious when brought in. Sometimes this is due to human error…an owner will have a 20 lb. Dog product and put 1/2 of it on a 10 lb. Cat. It doesn’t work that way. Some owners get their flea and tick products at a convenient store because they cannot afford to get from a vet. Believe me getting these meds from a vet is far less expensive than having your pet treated at an animal Emergency clinic which can cost hundreds of dollars. Another thing is that every let in your household needs to be treated. This includes treating your house. Those fleas are dropping eggs all over…on furniture, carpets, pet beds, etc. You need to wash all bedding, vacuum your floors and empty your vacuum cleaner bag because those eggs will hatch in your bag. The process can last for months. Be smart, be safe and get the best product you can afford from a vet hospital. Even soap and water will kill fleas on your pet but it won’t keep the fleas off your pet. Also, we have seen flea anemia, especially in kittens and cats where they have so many fleas sucking their blood that it causes anemia and often will require a blood transfusion or, in some cases death in kittens and older cats. Your pet can also get tapeworms, an intestinal parasite from fleas.

    • thank you Pamela Wiley … really appreciated the information that you wrote. My vet gave me 6 months of a chewable to help my shih tzu out then I just bought K9 advantix II for 11 to 2 lbs. I just put it on him today…. but I wasn’t really crazy about the greasiness….cause I like to cuddle with him and he sleeps with us too. I do check him every time we come inside. I wash his face, feet and butt….and wash the body with warm soapy cloth…..

  14. Two questions, if I may: (I) is the “Top 5” listed in order of “best to least-best”; and (ii) a friend uses both Advantix II and the Seresto collar. Is there a “dual” benefit to using both? My Golden Retrievers have had great success on Advantix II, but the tick problem is at an all-time peak on Cape Cod, MA and Northeast states generally. Two Powassan adult male deaths on the Cape already this summer. Thanks