How to Treat Fleas and Ticks

Tips from King's Mobile Pet Spa

Fleas and ticks not only leach off your dog, but lay eggs and quickly multiply. For this reason, it's important to prevent/fight these parasites, and to understand what measures to take. Most products work fine, it just happens that some products work better than others. There are also many different types of treatments that your dog can use. However, it can be stressful and overwhelming choosing what's best for your dog, but don't worry, we're here to help!

How to Treat

The most common form of medication used to treat your dog is topical. In other words, ointments and liquid treatments that can be done through a physical application. There are also shampoos, powders, sprays, and comb-like tools available. There is also medication that your dogs can ingest to improve their health and get rid of the fleas/ticks. Before purchasing any products, read the labels and make sure you get the one that matches your dog’s size. Some products vary in dosage depending on whether your dog is big or small.


Our best advice for treatments that actually work would be to wash your dog and to personally put the flea comb to use. Personally, we have found this to be the best solution for all pets including dogs, cats, and rabbits.

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There are specially made collars that repel parasites. The collars often contain insecticides that make fleas and ticks want to flee their host. They sometimes even have collars that absorb into the dog for faster results.


One of the most used forms to get rid of the parasites is definitely the specialized shampoo. Depending on the shampoo, it can be heavily or lightly potent with treatment. So before buying, make sure to check how strong the shampoo is. Some shampoos are made for severe infestations only.


There are liquid and oil forms of the spray that repel fleas/ticks as well. This is the easiest form to use, and best for treating light infestations.


Spot on is an ointment that you physically apply to the skin. It is more potent than the spray, so it is best to use if the condition calls for a harsher approach. After using this product, within 24 hours, you will see a big difference.


Do not just buy any pill. Consult your veterinarian before purchasing. They will give you the best advice about what to buy and how many they should ingest for how long. Typically one pill will do and officially start working within 24 hours. There are also chewable tablets available! Know what type of ingestible medication will be best for your dog before purchase.

Bottom Line... Be Effective

Understand the severity of your dog’s conditions before proceeding. Know the signs and precautions to help your dog in the best way possible. Check out this article to know the signs beforehand. Also, know what the best way to treat your dog is. Taking careful measures will always benefit you and your dog. Do not use all of the products listed above. It’s best to stick to one form of treatment and to consult a professional before you switch treatments if necessary.

Next Steps...

Learn more about King's Mobile Pet Spa! Visit our website or call 818-796-2000.

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