When the good weather arrives, we can afford to take our dog for longer walks to enjoy the pleasant temperatures and nature. However, this climate also gives rise to the proliferation of external parasites that threaten the health of our pets: fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, lice...
The bites of these insects are not only annoying and uncomfortable for the animal due to the itching and stinging. They can develop dermatitis as a result of an allergic reaction to the saliva of the parasite, or lose their hair due to persistent scratching of the affected areas. As if this were not enough, external parasites can transmit serious diseases to dogs, such as Lyme disease in the case of ticks or Leishmaniosis in the case of mosquitoes. Also, they could infest your house and affect humans as well.
Therefore, the external deworming of your pet is a matter of the utmost importance, one of the many cares that you must pay attention to in order to protect their health and ensure their well-being. There are many deworming methods, including collars, pipettes, repellent sprays and tablets. Since all of them have certain advantages and some disadvantages, it is common for doubts to arise as to whether they can be combined to increase their effects.
The anti-parasite collar is an effective and practical method to protect your dog. It is a rubber accessory that progressively releases repellent active ingredients on the animal's skin, protecting it 24 hours a day. It has an effectiveness of between six and eight months depending on the brand, presenting the longest duration of all existing deworming methods. In addition, it is very resistant to water and is not toxic to the touch.
It is especially effective against ticks and, to a lesser extent, against fleas and mosquitoes. And although it gives very good results, the protection of the animal is not total, since there is always a small margin of error by which any of these parasites could sink their teeth into your furry.
As for the pills or antiparasitic tablets, they are a chewable that is offered to the animal to be swallowed, generally with a good flavor. Its effectiveness lasts up to three months and in addition to protecting against external parasites, many also include protection against endoparasites.
Both methods are effective independently to protect the dog against external parasites, but in times of greater influx of these it can be very beneficial to combine them. This is especially positive when the animal usually travels through countryside or nature areas, where there is a greater influx of insects and external parasites. In any case, you should always consult your veterinarian, since he or she should evaluate the convenience of combining a collar and a pill based on the size, age, and characteristics of your pet.