Ask The Dog Guide: Flea, Tick, Heartworm Prevention For A Puppy?

July 15th, 2009 by Dan

Question:
I am getting a 6 week old Rat Terrier puppy and I was wondering if there is a flea,tick, and heartworm combination product available. If so how soon can we began using this product?

Rat Terrier Puppy

Photo by Portone Pallatin

Answer:
Congratulations on your new puppy! I do want to strongly urge you to have your puppy stay with his mother for another two weeks. While two weeks may not sound like a big deal in the greater scheme of things, this post explains why it is a crucial period in a pup’s development. Now, for an answer to your question. Revolution (selamectin) is a topical heartworm preventative that also kills adult fleas, prevents their eggs from hatching, controls and treats ear mites, prevents sarcoptic mange and controls the American Dog Tick. It must be applied monthly in order to be effective. Revolution can only be purchased with a valid prescription from your veterinarian and is safe to use on puppies over the age of 6 weeks. Good Luck!





One Response to “Ask The Dog Guide: Flea, Tick, Heartworm Prevention For A Puppy?”

  1. Erin Says:

    I started using comfortis for fleas and love it. It is an oral medication, and with little ones they get into everything and probably get bathed alot….at least mine did!! I will never use anything else to protect my dog from fleas…it may be a lit more expensive, but it is truly the best.

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