Protect your pets from parasites by choosing right meds

Protect your pets from parasites by choosing right meds
Purebred Dachshunds came out to Fisher Plaza on July 11th 2013 to compete in the Start 101.5 Wiener Dog Rally. (ELIZABETH VELLUTINI)

You want to protect your pet from parasites, but you're not sure which product to use. And there are so many to choose from.
 
A lot of people have switched to the products like Frontline and Advantage, topical treatments that you apply once a month.
 
You may have noticed that the prices vary greatly. A lot of that has to do with the ingredients. Does it just kill fleas or fleas and ticks?
 
Seattle veterinarian, Dr. Danielle Wassink, says pick the product the fits your pet.
 
"Do you have a dog within the city all the time, that animal probably doesn't need to be on a tick preventative, the same way a dog that goes hiking and into the woods and stuff like that," Wassink says.
 
The same goes for a cat that stays inside the house. You may want flea protection but why waste money and why burden the cat with the extra chemicals to kill ticks it will never get?
 
"I think the take-home message is to have that discussion with your veterinarian about what are the risks to my pet? Do I really need a tick preventative? Do I really need a separate heartworm medication or is it OK to give it to him all in one? Those are good conversations to have," says Wassink.
 
More Information:
Vetstreet.com: Flea and Tick Prevention
Doctors Foster andSmith:Dog Flea & Tick Control Comparison Chart
VetInfo.com: How to Compare Dog Flea and/or Tick Treatment Product
Consumer Reports: Consider new options for flea and tick protection