7 Affordable Flea and Tick Meds for Pets
If you’re looking for flea and tick meds for dogs and cats, you probably know about the dangers these tiny parasites present. Ticks and fleas can congregate in your pet’s fur, causing painful skin conditions and even severe illnesses.
Having fleas and ticks around isn’t good for your health, either. These parasites can transmit very unpleasant diseases to humans, including typhus, tapeworms, Lyme disease, and a host of various rashes and fevers.
While flea and tick meds such as Sentinel or Revolution may not be high up on your list of priorities when money is tight, foregoing them can have serious consequences. If your pet contracts a disease or if anyone in your household gets a flea- or tick-related illness, you’ll end up paying far more than the cost of the medication in the long run.
Fortunately, you don’t have to choose between your health, your pet’s, and your financial security. At international and Canadian drugstore, NorthWestPharmacy.com, we’re able to help our customers save up to 90% on many types of medications.
By purchasing your pet’s flea and tick meds online, you can have more peace of mind (and a more peaceful house) without irritating — even dangerous — parasite infestations.
7 Best Flea and Tick Meds for Dogs and Cats
There are a lot of flea and tick meds for cats and dogs on the market — some prevent, while other treat dermatitis caused by the infestation.
Here, we’ll break down your options into parasite prevention and dermatitis relief solutions, and tell you how much you can save by ordering through NorthWestPharmacy.com.
Best Flea and Tick Prevention Meds
Simparica for Dogs Cost
Simparica for dogs (sarolaner) inhibits pest infections right at the root cause. By attacking the muscle and brain function of insects, Simparica for dogs can both prevent and treat flea and tick infestations.
It’s a once-monthly oral medication you can give to your dog by itself or mixed with food. The pill is liver-flavored, which many dogs love.
Simparica for dogs can also help treat symptoms of demodectic mange and even prevent ear mite infestations. Additionally, Simparica can protect against Lyme disease and painful flea dermatitis.
While Simparica for dogs is safe for your canine friend, it shouldn’t be used if your dog has a history of seizures or other neurological problems (tremors, shaking, or issues with balance). These symptoms can be confused with the rare side effects of this medication. Once Simparica for dogs hits your pet’s bloodstream, you can expect current fleas and ticks to die within eight hours.
Your needed dosage of Simparica for dogs will depend on your dog’s weight. Your veterinarian will take this into account when writing the prescription, so be sure not to deviate from it.
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, you can purchase a three-month supply of Simparica for dogs for $38.49.
Revolution (selamectin) is a topical cat and dog medication that works both inside and outside the body to help your pet enjoy life without flea, mite, tick, and worm infestations.
If your pet resists tablets or capsules, this quick-drying gel may be a useful option for attacking current flea and tick infestations.
Revolution is neither pungent nor greasy. You can easily treat your cat or dog at any time and even cuddle or play with them directly afterward. You can even let them loose in your home without worrying that they’ll rub the gel on furniture, children, or other pets.
Revolution is also water-resistant. You can bathe your pet as early as two hours after application or even let them play in the rain without diminishing the effects of the medication.
If you’ve ever had to wrestle with your dog or wrap your cat in a towel-burrito to administer care, you’ll be relieved to hear that Revolution comes in single-dose tubes. To start, you’ll remove the cap, have your pet sit, part their hair at the nape of their neck, and place the tip of the tube gently against their skin.
Squeeze the tube to apply the entire contents to your pet’s skin in a short line — and that’s it. There are no sticky sprays or pills your pet can spit out. You won’t have to deal with multiple products or worry about re-application before every trip outside.
In the United States, you can purchase a three-month supply for cats for about $62.00. A three-month supply for dogs costs slightly less, at $60.00.
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, you can purchase a three-month supply of Revolution for cats and dogs for about $52.00 and $56.00, respectively, for savings of up to 17%.
Sentinel Spectrum Cost
Sentinel Spectrum (milbemycin oxime/lufenuron/praziquantel) is a once-a-month oral medication that protects dogs from six different types of parasites, including tapeworms, heartworms, and fleas.
Unlike other flea and tick meds on this list, Sentinel Spectrum has three different active ingredients.
- Milbemycin oxime prevents, controls, and removes a few different types of worms by disrupting their nervous systems.
- Praziquantel paralyzes worm muscle, which causes worms to lose their hold on your dog, drop into your dog’s digestive tract, and be excreted without irritation or harm.
- Lufenuron is stored in your dog’s body fat. When a female flea ingests it, she passes the chemical to her own eggs, rendering them un-hatchable — thereby breaking the flea growth cycle.
Unlike Revolution, Sentinel isn’t meant to kill current mature flea infestations. Sentinel is better poised to help with long-term flea exposure and intestinal parasites.
Sentinel Spectrum is different from other dewormers because it targets immature heartworms. As long as you administer Sentinel Spectrum regularly, you will not need to invest in another dewormer.
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, you can purchase Sentinel Spectrum in a six capsule quantity — a half year’s supply — starting at about $96.00.
Credelio (lotilaner) is a once-a-month tablet used to control ticks and kill fleas in dogs. It’s a beef-flavored tablet you may be able to use to win over dogs who are leery of pills.
Credelio works with slightly younger dogs than alternative medications — it can be used in dogs as young as 8 weeks of age. The dog must weigh at least 4.4 pounds. This makes it an excellent option for puppies and very small dogs — a population many other medications don’t reach.
Since Credelio is a systemic medication, you don’t need to worry about bathing, the dog rolling on the floor, or cuddling with your dog afterward. It’s also small enough to hide in wet food if your puppy is having a hard time swallowing the pill by itself.
You can buy a one-month supply of Credelio at NorthWestPharmacy.com for about $65.00.
Bravecto (fluralaner) is a flavored, chewable flea and tick medication for dogs intended for use on a quarterly basis. If once-monthly treatment doesn’t work for you or your dog, this more spaced-out schedule may be an option worth looking into.
Bravecto’s active ingredient both kills current infestations and prevents future ones. It will kill the vast majority of active fleas and ticks on your dog within twelve hours. After that, it provides protection from further infestation for a full twelve weeks.
However, Bravecto is only effective on lone star ticks for eight weeks. If you live in an area where lone star ticks are prevalent, you may need to administer Bravecto slightly more often. Even if this is the case, every eight weeks constitutes a more relaxed treatment schedule over alternative medications.
Be sure to work with your veterinarian to determine whether Bravecto is safe for your dog. While Bravecto is safe, it’s not advised for use in dogs with a history of seizures. Dogs and puppies that take Bravecto must be at least 4.4 pounds and six months old.
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, you can purchase one chewable Bravecto tablet starting at about $56.00.
Flea and Tick Symptom Management
Atopica (cyclosporine A) is a once-daily oral capsule for canines aimed at controlling the allergic reactions associated with dermatitis.
Atopica helps target and calm the immune response to triggering irritants, making it a good choice if you know your dog will be exposed to allergens or pests over the long term (e.g., for a season or more, instead of a one-time flare-up).
Unlike inflammation-suppressing medications, Atopica treats the systemic cause of inflammation. This means Atopica can be very effective at preventing the spread of infections that cause painful itching and dermatitis.
If you are able to “pill” your dog easily, you’ll have no problem administering Atopica. If your dog is less receptive to pills, it can be hidden in food for simple daily administration.
However, the contents of Atopica capsules are bitter, so we don’t recommend breaking it open and sprinkling it on a treat, or it will not be eaten.
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, you can save on Atopica by purchasing a 15-pill supply of 25mg capsules, or about a two-week supply, starting at $56.00 (about $3.73 per pill).
Alternatively, you could save about 30% by purchasing a 30-pill supply of the generic starting at $78.00 ($2.60 per pill).
Apoquel (oclacitinib) is an oral treatment for dermatitis or other itchy, painful skin conditions that can be linked to your dog’s food, medications, pests, or environmental allergens (i.e. mold, dust, pollen, etc).
Apoquel is a relatively new medication. It’s shown a lot of promise in recent studies and tends to trigger fewer side effects than corticosteroids, cyclosporine, or antihistamines. Apoquel works by inhibiting the production of cytokines, the tiny proteins in the immune system that directly trigger inflammation.
While Atopica may take a few days to provide relief, Apoquel should start working the same day. However, Apoquel is designed primarily to help calm immediate itch flare-ups, as it’s an anti-inflammatory medication.
Apoquel is administered orally twice-per-day for up to two weeks. This helps your dog experience short-term relief in the face of a painful or itchy infection. Then, you give your dog Apoquel once a day for maintenance, or as directed by your veterinarian.
In the U.S., there is a widely available generic equivalent you can purchase starting at $137.00 for 60 tabs, or about a six-week supply (including the two weeks of initial ramped-up treatment) depending on directed use.
Alternatively, for just over 25% savings, you can purchase brand name Apoquel with a valid prescription from NorthWestPharmacy.com about $102.00 for 60 tabs, or six weeks of use.
Saving Money on Pet Meds through Online Canadian Pharmacies
When times are tough, it can be easy to place flea and tick meds for cats and dogs at a lesser financial priority. However, a mismanaged parasite infection on your dog or cat can lead to larger issues, such as rashes, cracks in their skin, and even discomfort or illness for the people in your home.
Ultimately, you may find it costs more to resolve a larger infestation or further spread of symptoms than it would have to treat the infestation immediately or conduct regular prevention.
Additionally, parasite infestations mean you’re unable to board your dogs if you have to leave town, bring them to doc parks, or expose them to other families.
Fortunately, by purchasing your medications at a trusted online Canadian pharmacy, you can save enough to bring your pet’s health maintenance well within financial feasibility.
At NorthWestPharmacy.com, we understand costs add up quickly. We’re here to save you both money and effort as you care for your feline and canine companions. We know their health and safety are of critical importance, so we maintain safety standards you can trust—from the Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) and the International Pharmacy Association of British Columbia (IPABC).
We also have over 400,000+ unbiased customer reviews reporting consistent and exemplary high satisfaction. If you have any questions about ordering your pet’s prescriptions, our friendly customer representatives will be more than happy to speak to you — live on the phone — so you can feel confident about your methods of care. And one of our licensed pharmacists will answer any questions you may have about your or your pet’s medication.
Managing flea and tick meds for cat or dog parasites shouldn’t be expensive or difficult. You should be able to know you and your companion are approaching every hike, trip, or weekend without the prospect of intense suffering and symptom management. Give NorthWestPharmacy.com a call at 1-866-539-5330, and we’ll help you find what you need. We look forward to saving you money!