Skip to main content
Dog in the leaves scratching an itch

Flea and tick control options

Q: Pixie, my toy poodle, has been using a popular topical liquid for fleas and ticks, but the monthly applications don’t seem to be killing the fleas as well as they once did. What do you suggest?

A: Three categories of products are effective alternatives for flea and tick control.

Your first option is a different topical liquid, preferably one that contains permethrin, which repels and kills fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and other insects.

Note: Mosquitos transmit heartworms, and since I live in an area where heartworm disease is common, I apply a permethrin-containing liquid to my dogs’ skin every month to supplement their monthly heartworm medication. (Common brands are K9 Advantix II and Vectra 3D.)

A second choice is a chewable tablet that kills fleas and ticks that bite. Credelio, NexGard and Simparica are monthly options; Bravecto is given every three months. Your veterinarian probably carries one of these medications.

A third product that works against fleas and ticks is a collar such as the Seresto collar, which lasts for eight months.

If Pixie continues to have problems with fleas, talk with her veterinarian.

Editor’s Note: Insect-borne pet diseases—like Lyme and Heartworm—are on the rise this year due to the impact of climate change. Dr. Lee shares import information about a 4Dx detection test and prevention tips.


Lee Pickett, V.M.D. practices companion animal medicine. Contact her at askdrlee@insurefigo.com.

Protect your pet from the unexpected with Figo Pet Insurance, rated “Best Pet Insurance” by Reviews.com since 2017.

Man sitting on bench with his dog

We believe that seeking out the best...

Small dog being examined by veterinarian

At Figo, we hear this question often...

What do the Cockapoo, the Puggle, the...

Dog receiving treat from woman

August 8th is #NationalCBD day! At Figo...

Advertisement for pet insurance.

More From Figo Blog
Small dog sits in front of steps of house

Moving from a 2 bedroom condo in the city to...

Cat scratching on a cat post

You may have heard the phrase, “Cats can’t...

Puppy crate training in progress

There are many tools I utilize when training...

Kristin Levine with dog

We recently had the opportunity to interview...

Labrador Retriever retrieving a blue frisbee from the yard

One of the best things about owning a dog is...

Dog and pet parent listening to music in front of speaker

Whether you’re rocking out to your favorite...

Woman drinking coffee and holding small cat near

On any given day, between 50 and 70 million...