Fleas and ticks are not only a nuisance, but they can cause significant health problems for your dog. Taking preventative measures can save your loyal companion from the discomfort of scratching and from the seriousness of a potential disease. Of course, you want to protect your pet, but you may not be sure which product — from topical solutions to medicated collars — will work the most effectively.
Fortunately, we’ve listed our top picks for dog flea and tick prevention and included in-depth reviews to help you find the best product for your dog, as well as pros and cons lists. Be sure to also check out our buyer’s guide where we further explain the benefits and disadvantages of each type of flea and tick prevention method.
Comparison Table (updated in 2020):
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The 9 Best Dog Flea & Tick Preventions:
1. Bayer Advantix II Flea & Tick Prevention – Best Overall
We recommend Bayer K9 Advantix II as the best overall choice for flea and tick prevention. This topical solution is applied once a month year-round. It works on immediate contact by killing any harmful parasites on your dog before they have an opportunity to bite. This method ensures that no harmful diseases will be transmitted to your dog.
This veterinarian-backed prevention product protects your dog from ticks, fleas, chewing lice, mosquitos, and biting flies and stops fleas from leaving behind flea eggs and flea larvae. Bayer K9 Advantix II starts working within 12 hours of application and lasts for 30 days.
We found that the overwhelming success of Bayer K9 Advantix II is what earned its top place on our list. However, since it is a topical solution applied directly to your dog’s skin, there is a possibility of a negative reaction. Be aware that your dog may suffer from side effects, or the product simply may not be effective for your dog.
2. Vet’s Best Flea & Tick Home Spray – Best Value
For the best dog flea & tick prevention for the money, choose the 100%-certified natural Vet’s Best Flea and Tick Home Spray. Made with chemical-free essential oils, this spray can be applied directly to your dog or your puppy of over 12 weeks, as well as around your home as needed on affected surfaces, both indoors and outdoors.
This spray kills on contact and is effective on fleas, flea larvae, flea eggs, ticks, and mosquitoes. You can use it to counter an infestation or as a preventative measure. Since it’s made with only natural ingredients, you can use it around the whole family without concern that you’re exposing them to harsh chemicals. However, keep in mind that skin irritation can still occur on humans and dogs with this product.
Since this product is a spray, you’ll need to reapply it frequently to maintain its effectiveness. Also, while this spray may smell appealing to you, your dog may disagree and refuse to cooperate.
We chose the TevraPet Activate II as our premium choice for flea and tick prevention. This product contains the same three active ingredients as found in our first-place pick, K9 Advantix II. However, you’ll pay less per month with the TevraPet. Also, unlike Advantix II, which is a monthly purchase, you can buy a four-month supply of TevraPet. Plus, TevraPet is waterproof a day after it’s applied.
TevraPet repels or kills on contact before pests can bite, keeping your dog healthier. This topical solution lasts 30 days and is applied once a month for year-round protection from fleas, flea eggs, ticks, biting flies, and mosquitoes. However, unlike Advantix II, it does not seem to guard against chewing lice.
As with all topical solutions, the effectiveness and potential for side effects varies from dog to dog. We found that while Advantix II has more satisfied customers, TevraPet works well for a significant number of dogs. Considering its lower price, you may want to give it a try.
4. Hartz Topical Flea & Tick Prevention
For another even more affordable monthly topical solution, consider Hartz Topical flea and tick prevention. For a low price, you’ll receive three easy-to-apply, single-dose tubes for a total of a three-month supply.
This Hartz product protects your dog year-round from fleas, including their eggs and larvae, deer ticks, and mosquitos. It kills these pests on contact before they bite to better protect your dog. This fast-acting formula offers 18 days of protection from mosquitos and 30 days of protection from fleas and ticks. It does not guard against chewing lice or biting flies.
Again, the effectiveness varies, and the potential for side effects is prevalent. We found Hartz to have less success than similar products. Also, you and your dog may not care for the chemical odor emitted during application.
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5. PetArmor ZX1150 Flea & Tick Prevention
If you’re looking for a monthly topical solution promoted as highly effective against a variety of species of ticks, then you may want to consider PetArmor. This product, which comes in a three-month supply, protects against specific ticks, including brown dog ticks, American dog ticks, lone star ticks, and deer ticks, as well as adult fleas and chewing lice.
PetArmor states that it uses a vet quality formula that’s waterproof and fast-acting, with results within 24 hours for fleas and 72 hours for ticks. Although it’s applied monthly, we learned that its effectiveness fades as the month progresses. Also, this product may leave an unsightly white residue on the spot of application.
Keep in mind that topical solutions may cause side effects in your dog and may not work effectively for all dogs. PetArmor may not kill pests on contact, allowing your dog to be possibly receive a bite. Also, be aware that this product does not kill or repel flea eggs and larvae and is not listed as effective against mosquitos and biting flies.
6. Advecta 3 Flea & Tick Control
With similar active ingredients as our top pick on this list, Advecta 3 flea and tick control employs a topical solution to protect your dog from fleas, ticks, biting flies, lice, and mosquitoes. It kills fleas in all life cycle stages, from adults to eggs and larvae, preventing re-infestations for up to four months.
For an affordable monthly price, you’ll get a four-month supply. We learned that this product remains effective for the entire 30 days. It also works fast at providing relief and killing pests within 12 hours of application. Advecta 3 claims to be a waterproof and fragrance-free formula. However, we found that it does have an odor when you apply it.
Despite being similar to Bayer Advantix II, albeit lower in price, we found that Advecta may not provide as successful results — namely, that it may not kill pests on contact. It can also cause side effects in certain dogs.
7. Beloved Pets Flea & Tick Prevention
A 100% natural and organic monthly topical solution, Beloved Pets flea and tick prevention is safe and ideal for pregnant dogs and puppies over seven weeks old, as well as for dogs with allergies or pets suffering from an illness.
Made with natural essential oils, this product comes in a three-month supply and offers fast results. It protects against fleas, ticks, mosquitos and biting flies. However, it does not kill or repel flea eggs and larvae, which could lead to a second infestation. It also doesn’t seem to kill on contact.
As with most natural products, we found moderate success with this product’s overall effectiveness. There seems to be fewer incidents of side effects with these natural ingredients as opposed to chemical-based topical solutions.
8. Adventure Plus Triple Flea Protection
We chose the Adventure Plus triple flea protection as our penultimate pick because it does not offer tick protection. Tick bites can lead to serious health conditions in your dog and transmit Lyme’s disease.
However, if your dog is suffering from fleas, we learned that this product works as effectively as our top pick. Adventure Plus does use many of the same ingredients as Bayer Advantix II, which may explain its success. However, you can purchase Adventure Plus for a more affordable price.
This product offers triple protection from adult fleas, flea eggs, and flea larvae, as well as from lice. This waterproof, fast-acting formula can have results within 12 hours of application and prevent future infestations for a month.
Again, we must note that effectiveness varies and that topical solutions may cause adverse reactions.
9. Sonvera Dog Flea & Tick Collar
As an option to topical solutions, you may want to consider a flea and tick collar. This Sentas flea and tick collar employs a blend of essential oils for a natural and hypoallergenic alternative to chemical products. This collar protects your dog from lice, ticks, fleas, flea larvae, and mosquitos.
Adjustable to fit a variety of different size dogs, this collar is waterproof and built to protect your dog from harmful pests for up to one year. While a yearly purchase is more affordable, we learned that this collar may not remain effective for the entire duration. Also, flea and tick collars tend to better protect the neck area of your dog, leaving other parts exposed to bites.
Before you decide which flea and tick prevention to purchase for your dog, take a moment to read through our buyer’s guide. We go over the different types of products you can buy for offering your dog pest relief and protection. We’ll also cover what high-quality products should have in order to be effective. Finally, we’ll share our tips to keep those pesky parasites away.
Topical Spot-On Solutions Versus Other Methods
Most of our list features topical spot-on solutions and for good reason. These products, in which you apply a liquid dose of solution to the center of your dog’s back between their shoulder blades, work the most effectively. High-quality topical spot-on solutions tend to remain effective for the duration of the month. Of course, you’ll need to remember to apply it on time once a month. Also, these products tend to add up to a higher expense. Plus, be aware that your dog may suffer from skin irritation or worse as an unwanted side effect.
Other methods of providing flea and tick protection include sprays, powders, and medicated collars. Depending how much spray or the amount of powder you use at time, you may or may not save money. Sprays, powders, and collars also tend to lose their effectiveness quicker and with less consistency. You may not realize one of these products has stopped working until it’s too late.
Must-Haves for Every Flea and Tick Prevention Product
When deciding on a product in which to invest your money and time, be sure it supplies certain protections. For best results, choose a product that offers to kill and repel a wide variety of pests and most importantly, does so on contact. The lower the chances of your dog being bit, the lower the threat for transmitted diseases. Also, look for waterproof products that clearly state the length of effectiveness and quickness of relief. Lastly, if your dog has sensitivities or a health condition or if you’re concerned about exposing your family to chemicals, look for natural products. Though slightly less effective, you will gain peace of mind.
Tips for Pest Prevention and Protection
Products for flea and tick protection are essential for helping your dog remain healthy. However, you can help these products’ effectiveness with a few easy steps. First, limit your dog’s exposure to wildlife animals. Fences and keeping your dog on a leash should help maintain healthy boundaries from areas teaming with pests. Inside of your home, be sure to wash and keep your dog’s sleeping areas clean to avoid creating a place for pests to flourish.
Flea and tick protection, as well as guarding against other parasites, must be a year-round endeavor. However, by taking steps to eliminate exposure to pests and by applying effective products to your dog on a frequent and regular basis, you can help keep your pet safe and healthy.
We placed Bayer 86145928 K9 Advantix II Flea and Tick Prevention on the top of our list as the best overall product. As you may have noticed, Bayer K9 Advantix II seems to be the gold standard for topical solutions for flea and tick protection, as other products lower on our list emulate its active ingredients. Vet recommended, this product comes in a single dose, which works quickly within the first 12 hours and lasts a full 30 days. When applied once a month, your dog will enjoy year-round protection from a wide variety of parasites and their eggs and larvae. Plus, it repels and kills on contact to better guard your dog from ever being bitten.
The Vet’s Best 3165810348ONL Flea and Tick Home Spray is our choice for the best value. Made with 100% natural ingredients, you can apply it directly on your dog or multiple surfaces of your home without worrying about exposing your family or your pet to harsh chemicals. Vet’s Best kills on contact and is effective on a wide variety of parasites.
We selected TevraPet 00003 Activate II Flea and Tick Prevention as our premium choice for combining the effective results of our top pick with a lower price per month. This topical solution product is waterproof, kills on contact, and provides protection against a variety of pests. It maintains its effectiveness for a full 30 days.
We hope that you’ve found the best flea and tick solution that’s perfect for your dog’s needs and one that matches your budget. After reading through our extensive reviews, helpful pros and cons lists, and thoughtful buyer’s guide, you may have a better idea of which product offers the level of protection you prefer for your dog. With the right flea and tick protection, you can feel confident that your dog’s health is guarded from harmful pests, and you can get back to enjoying plenty of cuddles together.
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- Comparison Table (updated in 2020):
- The 9 Best Dog Flea & Tick Preventions:
- 1. Bayer Advantix II Flea & Tick Prevention – Best Overall
- 2. Vet’s Best Flea & Tick Home Spray – Best Value
- 3. TevraPet Activate II Flea & Tick Prevention – Premium Choice
- 4. Hartz Topical Flea & Tick Prevention
- 5. PetArmor ZX1150 Flea & Tick Prevention
- 6. Advecta 3 Flea & Tick Control
- 7. Beloved Pets Flea & Tick Prevention
- 8. Adventure Plus Triple Flea Protection
- 9. Sonvera Dog Flea & Tick Collar
- Buyer’s Guide
- Topical Spot-On Solutions Versus Other Methods
- Must-Haves for Every Flea and Tick Prevention Product
- Tips for Pest Prevention and Protection
- Year-Round Protection