Best flea and tick medications for your dog

he has moved elsewhere in the studio

because a sign of the season can be

found in your pets a concerning signs

sometimes absolutely but first I've got

to say you know what I like better than

rod 770 degree forecast is this little

guy his name is Victor right dr. Liang

this is Victor he's a 12 week old pit

bull puppy so with us we have dr. Dennis

Leon a veterinarian and owner

Viva Viva pet care and you're here

because most often times pet owners when

we hit spring going into summer we think

of flea and tick problems with our pets

and you're here to give us a little bit

of an insight into what prevention you

think works best yeah we'll just do a

little bit of overview and now's when we

start talking about flea and tick

prevention but really it's a problem all

year round in this climate absolutely

yeah so I in fact see as many fleas

during the winter time as I do in the

summertime sometimes more and I think

part of that is because people become a

little bit complacent about using these

products as the weather turns a little

bit I've been there done that in the

winter months I've taken time off from

the prevention and no more once you get

fleas on your dogs you will never go

there again so it can be challenging to

you to get rid of it so you've brought a

few options for us you have some topical

some oral different methods what do you

think works the best so if I'm a dog

owner at home and I need to get

something for Victor I think the really

most important point here is that

there's not a one-size-fits-all solution

so dogs are differently from cats cats

are not small dogs what might be safe

and effective for a dog might be really

dangerous to use on a cat okay and there

are dozens if not hundreds of different

options out there and it can be really

challenging even for me to wade through

all of them so the best bet for any pet

owner is to really have a discussion

with their veterinarian and come up with

the with a good strategy to to prevent

not just fleas and ticks but parasites

in general and you're gonna show us how

to do a little bit of on flea inspection

can I said yep so here's the first first

step is admitting that you have a

problem so there's a little flea this

little flea comb which is just a

fine-tooth comb that you can get for a

couple of bucks

they make metal ones like this which I

like and they're they're plastic ones


and you just run the comb through

through the coat and hair and then you'd

see them on there right away that would

kind of get them out there yes sometimes

you see the fleas and that's great

because that makes for really easy

diagnosis sometimes you don't see fleas

but just flea dirt something with flea

experts which is really just dried up

blood and what are some of the best

methods you did bring a couple you were

gonna point out for us here yeah I

brought a bunch and this is again just a

really small sampling of what's

available out there I think the ones

that are most popular and the ones that

people know about the most are the

topical liquid applications ones that

you put as a drop for a rim right by the

shoulders of the neck one of my

favorites for that particularly for cats

is revolution it's a topical and it's

not just fleas its fleas heartworm

intestinal worms ear mites so it's a

broad-spectrum product I always wonder

about the collars are they effective as

effective as the topical types

historically have really downplayed the

use of collars I didn't think they

worked very well they're kind of smelly

and toxic but there is a more modern

collar the surest oak color that is

available for dogs and cats nice thing

about this is not only does it kill

fleas and ticks and repels ticks and it

lasts for eight months okay so that's

really nice you kind of set it and

forget it

now doctor LAN we're going to imposts

these on our Facebook page on the

Portland today but you're also going to

be putting them up on your vive pet care

facebook page as well yeah I've been

posting over the past few days just a

little bit more in-depth information out

these types of products out there and

how to choose and thank you for bringing

Victor I think he's going to sleep in my

arms at this point he's been a good

sport dr. Leon thank you so much thank