Topical Flea & Tick Treatments for Dogs

Fleas and ticks can be a big pain for both you and your dog. They bite at your pet’s skin and hide in his fur, causing him to itch, scratch and feel uncomfortable with no relief. They can also infest your home, burrowing in your carpet, couch and even outside in your yard. One way to kill fleas and keep potential infestations at bay is to apply a topical spot on flea treatment and tick treatment to your pet monthly. Typically, these topical spot on flea treatments are easy to use and only need to be applied once every 30 days to be effective. Generally, to apply the monthly treatment, simply empty the packet of the liquid formula evenly along your dog’s spine—from between his shoulder blades to the base of his tail, applying the spot on flea treatment here will keep your pet from licking it away. And be sure to read and follow the directions provided by the particular brand of flea and tick spot treatment you choose and keep an eye out for weight ranges on the package—these formulas are typically sold by pet size. Not sure where to start? Here are some top spot on flea treatments for dogs available today: K9 Advantix II Flea & Tick Treatment is specifically formulated for dogs and comes in a convenient, monthly topical application that not only kills but also repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. It kills all life stages of fleas, repels biting flies and kills lice. There’s also Frontline Flea & Tick Treatment, which kills adult fleas and ticks, plus flea eggs and larvae, chewing lice and mites that may transmit diseases. And if your main concern is fleas and not ticks, Advantage II Flea Treatment kills fleas, flea ticks and flea larvae. If spot treatments are not fixing your flea and tick problem you may want to consider using some other treatment options like dog flea and tick collars, flea and tick dog shampoos, flea and tick wipes for dogs and oral flea and tick treatments for dogs. Remember to shop Chewy's online pet store for great deals on the best dog supplies!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Topical Flea & Tick Treatments for Dogs

Do I need a prescription to buy topical flea and tick medication for dogs?

You do not need a prescription to buy some topical flea and tick medication for dogs, but there are many prescription-only topicals, including ones that prevent heartworms, as well. Your vet may prescribe a topical flea treatment for dogs or instruct you to choose a trusted over-the-counter brand instead. Topical tick prevention for dogs is a feature of many of the best spot flea treatments, too.

Are topical flea and tick treatments for dogs better than oral medication?

Topical flea and tick treatments for dogs are not better than oral medication, but some people may prefer the ease of a topical flea and tick for dogs over an oral treatment. Both oral and topical flea and tick medicines for dogs can be very effective at killing fleas and ticks and breaking the flea life cycle, but different products may be better for some applications than others.

Do topical flea and tick treatments help prevent future infestations in dogs?

Many topical flea and tick treatments do help prevent future infestations in dogs by breaking the flea life cycle. Some of the best canine topical flea treatments contain insect growth regulators or agents that kill larvae to help prevent re-infestation after treatment. Read the product listing information to find out instructions for use as well as what to expect from the flea topical you have chosen.