Come summer, long walks with your furry friend in the outdoors are a common pastime. From wood-filled pathways to hikes with a rewarding view, there are many adventures you and your pooch can go on together. And, while you’d rather it just be you two, there are other little creatures that tend to sneak in on the fun: ticks, fleas and mosquitoes.
Because pets—dogs, more commonly—are very susceptible to tick bites and tick-borne diseases, the Center for Disease Control recommends working with your pet’s veterinarian to determine the best ways to prevent ticks from latching onto your pooch. The best way to do that? Investing in a few powerful products that can make all the difference.
Here, we share seven products that will keep your pet safe all summer long.
From Orvis, this personalized, adjustable dog collar is ideal for your pooch, especially come summer tick season. Thanks to the interior Seresto clip, your dog will be protected for up to eight months, as the technology offers a constant supply of two pest-fighting ingredients. // Conceal-A-Collar, Personalized Flea and Tick Collar; $25.95-$57.99
This FDA-approved chew is guaranteed to prevent infections that cause Lyme disease, as it kills infected ticks before the bacteria can be transmitted to your pooch. So, as long as you can get your furry friend to digest the chewy pill, you’ll be good to go with protection. // NexGard Chewables; $59.99-$118.99
This device is as easy to use as it is tiny. Simply pull out the activation latch, attach it to your pet’s collar and then be amazed as the non-toxic ultrasonic pulses keep ticks and fleas away from your furry friend for up to 12 months. // Tickless Classic Pet Classic Pet Chemical-Free Tick and Flea Repeller; $39.90
Whether you’re trying to protect a kitten or a small pup, these tick-repellent wipes are the product for you. Each pack comes with 30 wipes, all of which are biodegradable and proven to kill, repel and prevent 98% to 100% of fleas, ticks and mosquitoes from your pet’s body. // Flea & Tick Wipes from Wondercide; $9.99
With help from this bandana, your pooch will be protected from insects and look stylish too. Sized to fit most breeds, the bandana repels against mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and more, and also has no odor or chemical risk associated with it. // Insect Shield Dogs & Bones Bandana; $9.99
While this product does not repel ticks from your pooch, it does help find the little pests that try to latch on after a long walk in the woods. With every use, you can control fleas and ticks, and help identify skin or coat problems, as well as remove pests without irritating flea-bitten skin. // Safari Double Row Flea Comb for Dogs, $4.60
Consistently ranked by pet professionals as a go-to tick repellent, K9 Advantix II is key for killing and repelling mosquitoes, fleas and ticks from your doggo’s coat. With one topical layer every two months, K9 Advantix II starts killing ticks within 10 minutes, and is highly recommended by veterinarians across the country. // K9 Advantix II Topical Medium Dog Flea & Tick Treatment; $27.53
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