Keeping our pet protected from both external and internal parasites is essential for good health, especially in the summer months, when mosquitoes, ticks and fleas act more frequently, being able To transmit diseases such as babesiosis, Rickettsiosis, Dirofilaria and Lesihmaniosis.
Fortunately, we can find in the market numerous antiparasitic products. The question is that the variety of formats that are available makes us often have doubts about which is best for each thing or if there is one that serves for everything.
The truth is that there is no universal format that is equally effective in all cases, because depending on the lifestyle of the animal, its weight, the time of year, the climate of the place where we live and the type of protection we want to give it will be better one than another. For example, it is not the same protection that a dog who lives inside the house will need than the one who sleeps in the garden. And, although our dog already has a chronic disease, such as leishmaniasis, you should always protect it so that it does not carry it again and to infect other animals using antiparasitic products.
Therefore, each owner must assess the circumstances and the type of insects that most prevail in the area to choose the most appropriate protection. To do this, the vet's advice can be of great help to us.
Today we can find many different antiparasitic collars. Some act against ticks, others against fleas, and others are more effective for mosquitoes. There are even those that serve everything, as is the case of the collar Antoparasitario Scalibor. These collars act as a repellent, preventing these insects from coming into contact with the animal and transmitting the disease. Its duration is usually between 6 and 8 months, which varies depending on the brand. Also, it is advisable to take it off a month before the manufacturer's indicated so that it does not lose efficiency.
They are usually a very effective product, except for those animals that are allergic, or if we have several pets that interact with each other. If they take off the collar while they are playing, it can be dangerous if they swallow it as they may be intoxicated.
Pipettes are other antiparasitic products with different functions. They should be applied at least once a month, although the ideal is to do it every 3 weeks to achieve greater efficacy, especially against mosquitoes that transmit the leishmaniasis. They are applied on the skin of the animal and usually take several hours to dry, so they are not recommended if we have young children at home who are continually playing with them. And it can be very damaging if they ingest the product. In addition, it should be taken into account that if we want to bathe our pet, we must do it three days before putting the pipette or wait three days after having applied it. Otherwise, the product will not be as effective.
The tablets are one of the most innovative antiparasitic products, since they have an immediate efficacy. Like the other two, there are those that act for only one thing, but also those that serve to avoid the stings of fleas and ticks at the same time. They are a very practical option and are given once a month or every three months, depending on the brand. The good thing is that, contrary to what happens with the pipettes, it is not necessary to wait to bathe it, since the effect is done from inside the organism. Of course, they do not protect against leishmaniasis, so it is advisable to combine it with a mosquito repellent.
The sprays act immediately, so they are especially indicated when the animal is already infected with Parásistos and shows obvious signs of discomfort. The only drawback is that its application is somewhat more complicated than the pipettes, as it should be applied by spraying to the back, trying to reach all areas. However, it will be of no use if we do not also deworm the environment. In this sense, it is advisable to use antibacterial detergents to clean the house and dewormers of environments for the pet habitat.