Paralysis ticks are deadly and they’re everywhere at this time of year. We recommend using tick prevention all year round for our dog & cat patients as the Mid North Coast and hinterland have the perfect climate for ticks to breed and be actively looking for and feeding on hosts. To help you make the right choice for tick prevention for your pets, we have made a short list of the products available and their best features.
Available in a convenient dose given every 3 months, they tie in well with your adult dogs routine worming schedule. We recommend giving a Drontal intenstinal wormer every 3 months as well.
Bravecto chews are effective against all ticks, fleas and mites.
This smaller dose is ideal for GROWING puppies and young dogs or for those who prefer to give a monthly treatment to their dog.
Applied to the back of the neck once every 5-6 months, this is recommended if you have an adult dog who is difficult to give a chewable treatment to, or if you have a busy lifestyle and aren’t likely to remember to give your dog a monthly or 3-monthly treatment. Note: your dog needs to stay dry for 48hrs after treatment (no baths or swimming) to allow the product to be effectively absorbed through the skin.
This chewable treatment is given monthly; covers ticks, fleas, most intestinal worms (tapeworm needs to be treated separately) and heartworm. Note: you must remember to give this every month on the same day.
Nexgard Spectra also covers heartworm prevention for dogs who have previously been kept up to date with heartworm protection (either with monthly tablets such as Milbemax or the annual Proheart vaccination). If you prefer to cover all parasites with one treatment given EVERY month then perhaps Nexgard Spectra is the best option for your dog.
If your dog is already on heartworm prevention (Proheart annual vaccination) then using the regular Nexgard chewables is a good alternative. It is fast acting too, being absorbed quickly in the stomach, it will start killing any fleas, ticks or mites within 30 minutes.
Effective against ticks, fleas and mites, apply to the skin on the back of your cat’s head (at the base of the skull) every 3 months. Each pack contains 2 treatments for a total of 6 months worth of protection (3 months per treatment).
Safe for use in kittens from 9 weeks of age or weighing at least 1.2 kg.
As above, plus there is an additional ingredient to control & prevent intestinal worms. Each pack contains 1 treatment for 3 months protection.
Monthly topical treatment effective against ticks, fleas, intestinal worms, mites and lice. Available in packs of 3 or 6.
Safe for use in kittens from 8 weeks of age or weighing at least 1.25 kg.
Rapidly starts killing fleas within 6 hours of treatment. Starts killing ticks within 24hrs of treatment.
Seresto Tick & Flea Collars
In the right circumstances these tick collars can offer longer term protection (up to 8 months) against ticks but bear in mind they become less effective when wet or in damp weather.
For safety, the collar is equipped with a break free, release mechanism that is easily triggered by your cat or kitten if they get snagged or caught when out and about.
Safe for use in kittens from 10 weeks of age